Spelman Leadership Fellows
The Alliance Theatre will employ three rising seniors from Spelman College as interns. The cohort of interns is selected from a competitive application process, and at the conclusion of each year, the Alliance will select one of the interns to receive a full-time, two-year fellowship at the Theatre in an area of artistic or executive leadership. When fully executed at the conclusion of our three-year plan, the Alliance Theatre Spelman Leadership Fellows program will employ three interns and two full-time Fellows annually.
Purpose of the program
The Alliance recognizes the dire lack of diversity in the top leadership positions of most non-profit arts and culture institutions. This reality, in large part, is due to a lack of intentional cultivation of qualified prospective leaders of color, particularly by larger non-profit institutions. The Alliance does not want to talk about the issue: we want to act. To do so, we have partnered with Spelman College, a historically black college for women, and launched the Alliance Theatre Spelman Leadership Fellows program in August 2016. The program is a big first step in addressing the leadership diversity challenges at our theatre and will provide the national field with an annually growing pool of highly-qualified candidates who have professional experience at one of the nation’s foremost arts centers.
We completed the pilot year of the Leadership Fellows program in May, 2017 and it is now in year two. Maya Lawrence was selected as the inaugural Fellow and is working full-time here. Our second cohort of interns began in August, 2017.
Spelman Leadership Fellow
Spelman Leadership Interns