Bennington College announces theater fellowships

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BENNINGTON — Eighteen students from Bennington College have been selected to participate in the 2020 Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships, a program run in partnership with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation.

Established in 2018, the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships is an annual fellowship program operated in partnership with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, offering exceptional Bennington drama students the opportunity to work in paid internships at off-Broadway non-profit theatre companies during the college's winter Field Work Term. Participating students also receive mentorship and experience live theater, immersing themselves in the New York City theater world.

In 2020, the program will continue to expand, offering the largest group of Fellows to date. Several new theaters have also joined the partnership, including Harlem Stage and Spanish Theatre Repertory/Repertorio Espanol.

"We are delighted to extend the foundation's investment in the New York off-Broadway theater community by supporting experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of theater creatives," George Forbes, executive director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre, said in a media release.

"The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships are both an honor and an amazing opportunity for our students to experience the real world of theatre by working alongside the game-changers of our times," said drama faculty member and fellowship advisor Dina Janis. "Students are challenged to raise their own bar and are offered a seat at the table moving forward. The experience is extraordinary on every level."

The diverse 2020 cohort, comprised of Bennington College juniors and seniors, hails from California, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As with all of Bennington's fellowships, participants receive mentoring to support learning through a cohort-based learning experience.

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In preparation for the Fellowship, the cohort met with Forbes and Jeremy Adams, managing director of The Public Theater, for an immersive workshop regarding the business of theater. Students highlighted the eye-opening nature of this exposure and voiced that the content gave them an expanded perspective from which to begin their winter term work.

2020 Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellows:

The Flea Theater: Graeme Cohen '21, tech assistant; Sabrina Konick '20, production assistant

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Harlem Stage: Christina Polanen '20, development intern

La MaMa: Timothy Atkinson '21, administrative intern

MCC Theater: Martha Bennett '21, development intern

Mint Theater Company: Josh Goldberg '21, production assistant/assistant to the directors; Larry Dembski '21, production management intern

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New Georges: Christiane Swenson '20, artistic associate

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: Delaney Circe '21, development intern; Jelena Mijatovic '21, Marketing & Community Engagement intern

Soho Rep: Benjamin Tersigni '21, management intern

Spanish Theatre Repertory/Repertorio Espa ol: Brooks Hope '21, assistant to the associate artistic producer intern; Cy Wolfe '20, marketing and communications intern

Theatre for a New Audience: Lillie Brown '20, general management intern

Vineyard Theatre: Alicia Katz '21, production management intern; Holly Ray Sherrer '20, performing arts management intern

WP Theater: Delaney Hill '21, marketing intern; Eloise Gibbin '20, artistic intern


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