The Wingspace Mentorship Program is a free, one-year professional development program which seeks out talented and passionate young artists, with a focus on those who are often denied access to traditional theater power structures, including women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ people and individuals with disabilities. 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 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 are now open.  Applications are due March 28, 2018. The deadline may be extended to ensure a sufficiently diverse applicant pool.

Additional Questions?

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

Wingspace 2017/2018 Mentees:

Caroline Eng

Caroline Eng is a New York based sound designer and recent graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. A lifelong artist of other kinds (visual artist, writing, dance) she never expected to fall so hard for sound design back in 2015, and has since thrown herself fully into the audio world. Select design credits include The Nether and Cassiopeia (Fordham University), Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre), and the upcoming GYNX (Thespis Theatre Festival). Check out her work at

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Emmanuel Delgado (Lighting Intern)

Emmanuel Delgado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from CUNY Lehman College with a BA in Theatre. He currently works as technical director at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), and as a stagehand at Lehman Stages. Emmanuel is a dancer in the Herbert H. Dance Co. and the lighting designer for the emerging contemporary dance company, REDi Dance. Emmanuel has performed as an actor and dancer in a variety of festivals and concerts in NYC. Some of his notable performances include his role as Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Philip/Freddie in Noises Off, and Sonny in In the Heights. Emmanuel continues to study lighting design through the Wingspace Mentorship Program.


Kate Ducey

She believes that design should move with the action, and move the audience. Her work plays with movement: of bodies, of imagery, of light. Recent projects include an interactive projection installation which explores the experience of being “other”, titled The Culling.

She has designed lights for many theater, dance and circus performances including Nighthawks: A Circus Noir at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. She co-designed  projections for Refugia by The Moving Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kate began performing on the trapeze while earning her BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Kate grew up in Indiana. She is a Jew. She likes to swing from the rafters and fly through the air. She cries when she has to speak about things she is passionate about. Kate always wants to do everything, and do it herself.



Lily Riopelle

Lily is a director who works on new plays, musicals, and adaptations of classics. Recent directing: Lysistrata, Don’t make yourself crazy, Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings/workshops at Williamstown, EST/Youngblood, The Flea, and The Tank. Recent assisting: Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). Upcoming projects include Amanda Keating’s this movie at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and Lizzie Stern’s Let’s get ready together at The Tank. Lily is an alumna of the National Theatre Institute and of Williams College, and a 2017/2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. She is a co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep (, a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep.


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Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen is a costume designer for Theatre, Film and Dance. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, she spent the summer at Hangar Theatre as a Costume Design Fellow. Credits include The Messenger and The Danube (Hangar Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Mount Holyoke College) and Blackout at the Noodle Store (short film - Hanoi, Vietnam). Performing arts, she has discovered, can be a voice for profound social and political impact. Her work seeks to understand the universal human experience and creates positive influence in a visually exciting way. See her work at

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Riva Fairhall

Riva Fairhall is a Scenic Designer and fresh transplant to Brooklyn, NY. She is a recent
graduate from Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she studied under Robin Vest. Scenic Design credits include Far Away, Tar and Feather, In the Red and Brown Water and I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow. She was the Assistant Scenic Designer on productions at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Triad Stage, Barnard College, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and Charleston Stage.

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Ry Burke

Ry Burke is a New York based lighting designer. He recently graduated from Reed College with a BA in Theater. His lighting design credits include The Gas Heart, 4.48 Psychosis, and These Violent Delights: an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He has assisted on productions with Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble, Coho Productions, Profile Theater and Portland Playhouse. He has also worked with Compagnia De’ Colombari in Venice, Italy. Ry is interested in using light and color to engage with theatrical spaces and stories that explore queerness, in all senses of the word. To see his work, please visit

Wingspace 2016/2017 Mentees:


Becky Heisler  Lighting Designer

Becky Heisler Lighting Designer

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