WINGSPACE PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.
Answers to many common questions can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have a question that is not answered by the Application Guidelines or the FAQ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINGSPACE 2019/2020 MENTEES:
Annie Garrett-Larsen is a New York based lighting designer. She spent the 2017-18 season as the Lighting Apprentice at Cleveland Play House and holds a BA from Bard College. Select design credits include: The Seagull (Cleveland Play House), Virgin (Ars Nova), Spring Awakening (Secret Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New York Shakespeare Exchange), CRACKED (Theatre at 14th St. Y), Sexy Laundry (The Peterborough Players), Hi, Are You Single? (Cleveland Play House), and How to Eat the Thing that Eats You (Dixon Place). Annie is thrilled to be a Wingspace Mentee for the 2019-20 season! anniegarrett-larsen.com
Carsen Joenk is a director, sound designer, and Brooklyn-based Chicagoan. She is a sucker for ensemble-driven, devised work and intrigued by American morality. A staunch supporter of trash, glitter, and pop music, Carsen embraces stylized theatricality as a means of entertainment, conversation, and dissidence. Carsen is the co-artistic director of Rat Queen Theatre Company, a member of the 2018 NAMT Directing Observership Class, and a 2018-2019 resident artist at Access Theatre. Directing credits include Judy Doomed Us All (Ice Factory / New Ohio), Unboxing (Dixon Place), The Bench (Secret Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Women’s Naked Shakespeare), and multiple projects with Rat Queen. Short plays/readings with La MaMa ETC, Art House Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Exquisite Corpse Co. As a sound designer, she has been an assistant/associate at Clubbed Thumb, The New Group, Long Wharf Theatre, and Juilliard. She is a regular designer with New Light Theater Project, Hedgepig Ensemble, and Spicy Witch Productions. www.carsen-jewell-joenk.com
Christopher Darbassie is a Trinidadian American interdisciplinary artist. A recent Pace University grad, Chris hopes to utilize sound design as a framework to building new worlds through the emphasis of the psychological and cultural undertones of a production. (Select Credits): Neptune (The Brooklyn Museum), The Hole (New Ohio Theater), Neptune (Dixon Place), Alt-Black (Soho Rep), Two Star Motel (ShapeShifter Lab). Internships: Lincoln Center, The Movement Theatre Company, New Light Theatre Project, Access Theatre, and Bushwick Starr. Check out Chris’s work at www.DarbassieDesign.com
Kamil James is a Bronx born – Brooklyn bred set designer. He recently graduated from Purchase College with a B.F.A. degree in Theatre Design / Technology. His most recent credit includes a trio of one-act Operas consisting of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and Raphaël Lucas’ Confession for the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Select credits include: Earthquakes In London, Working, the Musical, The Aliens, and The Maids for the Purchase Repertory Theatre company. Kamil interned with New York-based set & costume designer, Clint Ramos in 2017 and is currently assisting NY-based set designer, Kristen Robinson at Lincoln Center (June 2019). He is a teaching assistant for the International Center of Photography and during his free time, he enjoys photography and going to live-music concerts. He is excited to be a part of the 2019-2020 Wingspace Mentorship program! www.kamiljames.com
Stefania Bulbarella is an Argentine Director and Projection Designer based in Brooklyn. Projection Design: Field Awakening (Signature/Paradise Factory), Azul Otra Vez (BRIC), The Revolution (National Sawdust), B1tcon (Reading- LATEA), Move Towards the Light (German school-touring production). Director: The Sound in the Throat (The Glassbox), Thebes Land (New School for Drama), Venus (Sitio 0), The Man in the Window (Old Lady of Pompeii theatre- Italytime), Ese Animal que Soy a Veces (Reading- LATEA) Associate director: Nanas (LATEA), Field Awakening (Paradise Factory). Assistant Director: Dike -workshop (NYTW), Nanas ( IATI), La Négrophilia (Vineyard Theatre), Somos New York (The United Palace Theatre), Las Mariposas (Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium). Producer of Latea Reading Series. Studies: BFA in Directing and Creative Technologies at The New School - College of Performing Arts, School of Drama, two year conservatory at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. www.stefaniabulbarella.com
A new resident of NYC; Thomas is an aspiring costume designer, playwright, and drag queen; currently he co-writes for ReunionBlog.net and most recently, was the Marketing Intern for Molière in the Park and a PA for Denizens Theatre Company's production of Marisol. At Santa Clara University, he designed costumes for Claire Calalo's dance piece in Images 2018,a devised work for Charisma 2018,and worked as a design assistant under Naomi J. Arnst for Legally Blonde; developed two plays, Instinct and Have I Got a Deal For You and a devised work for Charisma 2018; and performed as Ellard Simms in The Foreigner, directed by Aldo Billingslea.
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