The Wingspace Mentorship Program is a free, one-year professional development program which seeks out talented and passionate young artists with limited access to traditional professional networks and resources. Mentorships are offered in direction, scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design and projection design. One candidate will be accepted in each category. 

Program Benefits:

With access to fifty Wingspace members working across many different milieus, this mentorship offers a broad range of possibilities. While the exact shape of the experience will be tailored to the needs of the accepted applicants, some of the benefits include:

  • An assigned mentor in your field to provide individualized guidance

  • Monthly group meetings to address important career-development topics

  • Professional introductions and networking assistance

  • Portfolio review sessions

  • Opportunities to assist Wingspace members on their current projects

  • Short-term usage of space at the Wingspace studio

  • Observation of professional artists during rehearsals

  • Occasional complimentary tickets to productions

Who should apply?

  • Successful applicants will be recent college graduates or the professional equivalent who are detail-oriented, hard-working, self-motivated and passionate about the performing arts. 

  • Applicants must reside in the greater New York metropolitan area for the duration of the mentorship.

  • Wingspace is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic theater community and therefore strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color, LQBTQ+ people and individuals with disabilities.

Application Schedule

  • Online applications for the 2019-2020 Wingspace Professional Mentorship Program are now closed.  Applications for the 2020-2021 Mentorship Program will be available here beginning February 1st, 2020.

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Wingspace 2018/2019 Mentees:



Gregory Casparian

Gregory Casparian is a New York based Projection and Lighting Designer. A recent transplant from Kansas City, he has designed for the New York Deaf Theatre and assisted on shows with Tectonic, Atlantic, and Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Outside New York, he has designed for theater, dance, opera, corporate events, rock & roll, and aerial performance. Gregory is a fan of storytelling of all types, whether on stage, page, screen or around a campfire. A selection of his work can be seen at


Liz Schweitzer

Liz Schweitzer is a Lighting Designer based in New York. She recently graduated Barnard College with a BA in Comparative Literature and Theatre, concentrating in Lighting. She is interested in combining her two areas of study by utilizing the theoretical and ideological framework of a show to inform her design. Recent credits include: Translations, Cradle Two Grave, and Phaedra’s Love. To see her work visit


M.E. Guadalupe Rubi

Mary Evangeline Guadalupe Rubi is a native New Yorker, Costume Designer, puppeteer, wig enthusiast, rogue taxidermist, and overall crafter of silly things. Miss Rubi’s creative endeavors have been seen at Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic Theater, Punhdrunk’s Sleep No More, Third Rail Project’s The Grand Paradise, Target Margin Theater, 3 Legged Dog and the Venus Adonis Theatre Festival amongst others. She was most recently seen as one of the lead artists at the Triple 9 Arts Festival in Gowanus as their resident taxidermist. She is absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as Wingspace's 2018/2019 Costume Design mentee. A catalog of her work may be seen at


Margaret Montagna

Margaret Montagna is a New York based sound designer originally from Brooklyn, New    York. She recently graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Sound Design and Production. She loves using sound to help create a new world for a story to be told in. Select design credits include The Color of Desire (Stella Adler Studios), Godspell (Bishop Kearney High School), Cabaret (Robert Moss Theatre), They Promised Her the Moon (Theatre at St. Clements), and Eurydice (Schaberle Studio). Although Margaret’s primary focus is in design she also enjoys engineering shows when she can.               


Miranda Haymon

Miranda Haymon is currently an artist in residence at Roundabout Theatre Company serving as the Artistic Development Associate, formerly the Roundabout 17/18 Directing Fellow. She is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Performance Director at The Hodgepodge Group, an interdisciplinary, intersectional, insurrectional performance duo. She recently completed her time at Arena Stage as the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing. Miranda is interested in work that dismantles the antiquated ideology of the white, cis, straight,
male, able-bodied, middle class individual as the stand in for ‘universal’. The theater she seeks to make is a resistance; it disrupts the status quo of who and what is allowed in the theatre, and incites audiences and her community to action. Her approach takes classical, devised, adapted and new texts, incorporating technology, nontraditional casting, mixed media, dance, and more in the pursuit of a unique, interdisciplinary theatre. Her theatre is radically inclusive, fundamentally multi-voiced, oriented towards sparking dialogue and in direct conversation with the current American state of affairs.


Sam Schanwald

Sam Schanwald is a designer and writer based in Brooklyn. Stage design credits include SALTY at Access Theater, Nighthawks at Dixon Place, Dinner with Georgette at Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop (associate), Jupiter's Lifeless Moons at Performance Space New York (associate), Cave at Brunel Museum in London. Sam has creatively supported and developed work with Phantom Limb Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub, Fault Line Theatre Company, Grace McLean, Capital Fringe and the New Harmony Project. Sam has enjoyed projection and graphic design collaborations with Esperanza Spalding, Amy León, Erin Markey, Gakko, Plush Nocturne Series, and Doc Severinsen. Sam has also collaborated on film work for Joan Baez, indie-pop band And Lucky, and the MFA Film program at Brooklyn College. Sam writes and seeks to enmesh stage and film scripts with the innately structural, theatrical, and poetic sensibilities of stage design. Work includes Twin Size Beds (The Museum of Sex, Loading Dock Theater, DESSERT Queer Performance Series at NYTW), Pidor and the Wolf (AmericanAF Festival, IRT Theater 3B Development Series), Driftwood (In the Water Theatre Co.) and Boychik (Orchard Project, University of Evansville). 

Wingspace 2017/2018 Mentees:


Carolyn Eng  Sound Design

Carolyn Eng Sound Design

Kate Ducey  Projection and Lighting Design

Kate Ducey Projection and Lighting Design

Lily Riopelle  Directing

Lily Riopelle Directing

Phuong Nguyen  Costume Design

Phuong Nguyen Costume Design

Riva Fairhall  Scenic and Lighting Design

Riva Fairhall Scenic and Lighting Design

Ry Burke  Lighting Design

Ry Burke Lighting Design

Emmanuel Delgado  Lighting Design (Intern)

Emmanuel Delgado Lighting Design (Intern)


Wingspace 2016/2017 Mentees:


Becky Heisler  Lighting Design

Becky Heisler Lighting Design

Emmie Finckel  Set Design

Emmie Finckel Set Design

Ian McClain  Projection Design

Ian McClain Projection Design

Justin Propper  Sound Design

Justin Propper Sound Design

Melissa Ng  Costume Design

Melissa Ng Costume Design


Wingspace 2015/2016 Mentees:


Jennifer Fok  Lighting Design

Jennifer Fok Lighting Design

Kalyani Priyadarsan  Scenic Design

Kalyani Priyadarsan Scenic Design

Elisabeth Svenningsen  Scenic Design

Elisabeth Svenningsen Scenic Design