Spelman Leadership Fellows

With Major Program Support Provided by The Rich Foundation.

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.

Year Three

We are completing year two of the program during the summer 2018. Year three will begin in September 2018, with Maya Lawrence, our inaugural fellow, starting her second year as a fellow. Our third intern cohort will join us in September 2018.

Spelman Leadership Fellow

Maya Lawrence
Maya Lawrence

Spelman Leadership Interns

La'Candis Brown
La'Candis Brown

Eniola Sodeke
Eniola Sodeke

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Joi Porter

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