Arena Stage was founded August 16, 1950 in Washington, D.C. by Zelda Fichandler, Tom Fichandler and Edward Mangum. Over 65 years later, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.


Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement/Senior Artistic Advisor, the Training Programs Manager is responsible for: recruiting, administering, supervising and providing educational programming for the Allen Lee Hughes Fellows and Interns Program; managing programming for Actors Arena, as well as other adult programming, such as masterclasses, etc.; working as a teaching artist in Community Engagement programs in schools and other settings as assigned, and specifically devising and directing in the Voices of Now program.


  • Recruit applicants for the fellowship and internship programs
  • Provide orientation, education, and oversight for fellows and interns
  • Monitor activity of fellows, and counsel or advocate for them as needed
  • Assess and monitor departmental needs and requirements for placement of fellows and/or interns, seasonally, yearly, or per production
  • Establish and maintain expense and salary/fees budgets
  • Promote the fellowship and internship programs, as well as other Arena Stage educational programming.
  • Update and coordinate the design and printing of brochures and advertising materials for all programs as required
  • Advertise programs in the appropriate publications
  • Coordinate any mailing and maintain computer database
  • Develop contacts and maintain healthy relationships with local and national university and college theater programs
  • Attend theater related conferences and meetings, serving as Arena's ambassador to promote programs
  • Collaborate with CE team on events for fellows, interns, students
  • Track progress of former fellows and provide necessary information to Development Office for required reports
  • Distribute fellow and intern mid-term and final evaluations to assigned mentors and provide guidance and counseling as needed
  • Monitor progress of interns and fellows
  • Teach in CE programs as a teaching artist as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Engagement


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Recruiting experience for the arts or for an education institution
  • Basic knowledge of all theater departments’ responsibilities and needs for a fellow, or intern
  • Program development and management
  • Teaching experience with young people, particularly with underserved populations
  • Experience in devising and directing original theater
  • Dedication to access and inclusion, and a passion for the arts
  • Strong connection to education and the transformative power of theater with young people, particularly with underserved populations.
  • Enthusiasm for theater and arts administration, and for theater education and outreach
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be organized, detail oriented, have analytical skills, counseling skills and personal assessment skills
  • Some travel, overtime and weekend event execution required

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