Harlem Stage has received a grant from the New York City Theater Sub-district Council that will enable them to offer six-month general management fellowships with a focus on institutional operations and six-month development fellowships with a focus on Foundation Corporate and Individual fundraising to aspiring arts professionals of color. Check out the call for applications below!


The fellowship program will span 6 months, beginning at the end of January. Each fellow will receive $25,000 for their six-month commitment. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in the program, submission should be sent to: "Fellowship" must be indicated in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 11, 2019.

Submissions should include a cover letterresume and brief essay (500 word max.) describing the candidate's interests and goals or growth objectives.

The scope of responsibilities will be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the skill sets the fellow brings to the position and would like to continue to develop, as well as the current needs of the institution.

The Development Fellow will assist the development department:

  • planning and implementation of all department strategies;

  • conducting online research of prospective institutional funders and individual donors;

  • drafting qualitative and quantitative reports;

  • implementing special events, donor relations and community outreach;

  • compiling, organizing, and mining donor data to create donor analytics and reports; and

  • writing donor communications, including grant proposals and reports.

This fellow will be one of a three-person development team and will be under the mentorship and supervision of Executive Director, Pat Cruz

Executive Director Pat Cruz is an African-American woman who has been an arts administrator and worked in development for over 30 years and will serve as a mentor to the Development Fellow. Mentors will conduct entrance interviews to assess the fellows’ aspirational career goals, areas for development and prior experience in the field, if any, and will also hold bi-weekly check-in meetings and measure fellows’ progress against the growth objectives established in entrance interviews. Mentors will accompany fellows at two (2) networking events to introduce them to other arts professionals, affinity groups and arts institutions. At the end of the fellowship, mentors will conduct exit interviews that will include an overall assessment of the fellows’ progress and updated goals.

Mentors will reach out to fellows six months after the completion of their fellowships to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, assess how their aspirational career goals have evolved since the fellows' exit interviews and connect them with additional resources. The program's ability to build equity and diversity in the arts hinges on our mentors' sustained engagement with former fellows. Fellows will be able to call upon Patricia Cruz well after the end of their fellowship term, to receive counsel, continued mentorship and access to our extended network.