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Roundabout announces new year of theatrical workforce program

The initiative includes the return of the technical-focused fellowship and a new theater administration fellowship.

Roundabout Theatre Company and Education at Roundabout have announced the return of its Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP). The program aims to train and place young professionals in non-performance careers into the Broadway industry.

TWDP will offer two fellowships: technical theater training and administrative. Entering its seventh year, the technical program is a partnership with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). It will pair participants with a veteran member of IATSE to learn hands-on skills in backstage theater work. Fellows will gain experience in theatrical carpentry, lighting, audio and wardrobe disciplines.

In its inaugural cohort, the administrative fellowship will expose participants to the day-to-day operations of a theater company’s artistic season. Fellows will have the opportunity to focus on one of Roundabout’s artistic, development, education, finance/human resources, general management or marketing departments.

“The goal of our career-training programs is to offer pathways for dynamic theater professionals,” said Roundabout’s director of education Jennifer DiBella in a statement. “We hope this new iteration of TWDP will connect aspiring NYC-based arts administrators to sustainable careers at Roundabout and New York City’s vital arts and culture sector.”

Both fellowships are paid and will run from September 2024 through August 2025.

Roundabout, under the leadership of interim artistic director Scott Ellis, is currently represented on Broadway with a revival of “Doubt.” As previously announced, the nonprofit’s slate of shows for the 2024-2025 season includes revivals of “Home” and “The Pirates of Penzance,” as well as the Main Stem premieres of “Yellow Face” and “English.”