Naked Stages Artist Fellowship

by Jessica Stolen
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Fellowship Information

Fellowship application portal: (opened January 8, 2024)
choose Naked Stages 2024 Fellowship Program to apply


3501 Chicago Ave S. Minneapolis 

  • Monday, January 12, at 10:30 am to noon
  • Friday, January 22, at 1 pm to 2:30 pm


Pillsbury House + Theatre (PH+T), with support from the Jerome Foundation, seeks to provide a fellowship opportunity for early career performance artists in Minnesota. This program is designed to give artists a supportive environment for building their performance and production skills while creating a solo stage or site-specific performance piece with PH+T as the venue.  

Applicants must be Minnesota residents and considered early career artists. For the purpose of this program, early career artists are those who have produced/presented their own performance work at least 2-3 times in a non-student context, and who have not been recognized as established artists. Full-time students, tenured faculty at college/universities, staff or board members of PH+T, or artists who have received direct project Support from the Jerome Foundation for performing arts projects are not eligible to apply.  


Three (3) selected fellows will receive:

  • An honorarium of $4000 to the artist(s). 
  • A program Director to coordinate the creative and production process with artist(s), technical staff, and director. 
  • An honorarium of $1200 for a Mentor/Performance Director to assist artist(s) with the development of their performance piece. 
  • The Mentor/Performance Director is selected by the artist in cooperation with the Program Director. The Performance Director must have experience in directing performance in a live venue.  
  • Critical response workshops preceding the presentation of the work, a facilitated critical response session with the audience, a post-production meeting with artistic, production and technical staff.  
  • Workshops in performance practice with accomplished artists.  
  • Promotional support, such as marketing photos, a promotional piece, and media relations. 
  • A budget of $1000 for artistic development and production-related expenses. A lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager will be provided for the stage performances. Artists also have access to the available lighting, sound, and audio/visual equipment inventory of PH+T.  
  • Access to the PH+T programs and space when available throughout the later part of the process. 
  • Photo and video documentation of the performances.  


Masanari Kawahara, Director of Naked Stages program

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