New York City Center’s Creative Fellowships provide emerging talent the opportunity to be immersed in the fast-paces production process of our musical theater offerings. Fellows work alongside renowned artists and professionals throughout the season.
“That’s the power [Ann Reinking] had: she was a massive pro with a legendary history who was committed to helping young people. She could see you, and you knew you had something to offer.”
— SDC Journal
The Ann Reinking Encores! Choreography Fellowship honors the celebrated choreographer, teacher, and mentor by supporting a unique dance professional every year. This season-long position offers the Fellow the opportunity to develop their choreographic and teaching careers at New York City Center. The Ann Reinking Encores! Choreography Fellowship will specifically support career pathways for women, non-binary artists, and artists of color underrepresented in the field, offering access to City Center’s musical theater season as well as the Education & Community Engagement Department and its programming.
Key Aspects of the Fellowship
- The Fellow will experience the full scope of City Center’s musical theater season as a participant in the creative process for our Encores! and Annual Gala productions. Under the guidance of four different choreographers, the Fellow will discover new opportunities for networking, mentorship, observance, and involvement.
- Starting with the Annual Gala musical, the Fellow will receive a thorough introduction to City Center’s uniquely consolidated musical theater production process by shadowing the choreography team.
- Over the course of three subsequent 2024 Encores! productions, the Fellow will continue to build their experience and understanding of the process with each choreographic team.
- The Fellow will gain an understanding of school & community programming during their time with the Education & Community Engagement Department. Through collaboration with the team, the Fellow will support curricular and programmatic design efforts to share Encores! history and process with school and community partners. The Fellow will periodically assist with programs and may assume the role of a Teaching Artist.
- Specialized career-development opportunities will be offered, including seminars, master classes, retreats, and further opportunities to engage with New York City’s dance and choreographic resources.
- Opportunities to observe City Center's dance programming may also be available.
- This season marks the inaugural year for the Ann Reinking Encores! Choreography Fellowship, and the selected candidate will be instrumental in supporting the development of this position for future Fellows.
The Ann Reinking Encores! Choreography Fellowship is supported by:
Peter Talbert in honor of Ann Reinking
The Encores! Directing Fellow will work closely with the Directors and Associate Directors of the Encores! Series every season. They will attend rehearsals and be present for production meetings throughout pre-production, rehearsal, and tech. The Fellow will provide note-taking support, may be asked to run lines with actors, or stand in for actors who are not present while blocking is being reviewed. The Fellow will gain an intimate look into how Directors synthesize dynamics between all creative departments and manage time within truncated rehearsal processes.
Key Aspects of the Fellowship
- The Fellow will experience the full scope of City Center’s Encores! season as a participant in the creative process for all three Encores! Productions.
- Under the guidance of three different Directing teams, the Fellow will discover new opportunities for networking, mentorship, observance, and involvement.
- Specialized career-development opportunities will be offered including seminars and individualized networking.
- Prior to the first Encores! production, the fellow will participate in paid orientation.
Timeline & Compensation
- Dec 2023 – Jun 2024
- Once Upon a Mattress: Mid-December – Late January
- Jelly’s Last Jam: Late January – Late February
- Titanic: Mid-May – Mid-June
- $17/hour for a total of 14 weeks, weekly hours vary
Qualified candidates will possess:
- 1+ years of experience in Directing
- Familiarity with the musical theater rehearsal & production process