The Wingspace Mentorship Program is a free, one-year professional development program which targets 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 undergraduates who will graduate by July 2017) 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 2017-2018 Wingspace Professional Mentorship Program are now closed.  Applications for the 2018-2019 Mentorship Program will be available here beginning February 1st, 2018.

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 2016/2017 Mentees:


Becky Heisler

Becky Heisler is a lighting designer based in New York City. Previous design credits include Every Brilliant Thing at the Spoleto Festival USA, A Brief History of the Soviet Union in New York City, and the world premiers of dance pieces Bamboula! Musician’s Brew in Denver and Mor Dance Season III in New York City. She has also been the associate and assistant at locations such as Two River Theater, Buck’s County Playhouse, The Flea Theater, and The Atlantic Acting School as well as had experiences abroad in Beijing. Becky is interested in creating striking pictures and experiences in subtleties. She holds a BFA in Technical Theater with and Emphasis in Lighting Design from Penn State. To see her work, please visit


Emmie Finckel

Emmie Finckel is a New York based scenic and properties designer. Design credits include world premieres of Out There! (University Settlement) The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place), and Hand Me Down (Fieldston School), and the New York City premiere of Loudon Wainwright’s Surviving Twin (Subculture NYC). Assistant/associate design credits include numerous productions with Woodshed Collective, The Assembly, and Trusty Sidekick. As an intern at David Korins Design, Emmie worked on many projects including the Broadway productions of Hamilton and Misery. Emmie currently teaches scenic design and stagecraft at the Fieldston School, and holds a B.A. in Theater and Sociology with High Honors from Wesleyan University. See more of her work at


Ian McClain

Ian McClain is a projections designer who recently received his BA in Theatre Design from the University of Maryland.  He is interested in exploring how video and projection can enhance storytelling on stage in unconventional ways. Recent credits Into The Woods (Catholic University of America) and several productions at the University of Maryland including the world premieres of The Lost World, and Collidescope.  He has assistant designed at regional theatre’s Arena Stage, Wooly Mammoth, and Barrington Stage.  Ian has also worked on collaborative projects in film and theatre, and is interested in how animation can translate into design for the stage. See more of his work at

Justin Propper

Justin Propper is a sound designer who recently moved to New York City after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in Design and Tech. His sound design credits include: Macbeth (Sharp Theater in New Jersey), The Tempest (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Miss Julie (Ramapo College), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Ramapo College). Other selected sound credits include: Sound Supervisor at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Staff Audio Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, A2 for Mame (Bucks County Playhouse), and A2 for Summer of ’42 (Bucks County Playhouse). You can see more of his work at:

Melissa Ng

Melissa is a costume and media designer, and recent California transplant. She believes that design allows her to explore the tension between the intellectual idea and the dramatic gesture. Originally from Singapore, she is interested in creating pluralistic worlds in the theater. She views work through a queer, feminist lens. She enjoys the highly collaborative process of designing for new and devised work. She has previously worked in Oakland and Chicago. Recent design credits include: The Bitter Game (La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival), The Venetian Twins (UCSD), The Cherry Orchard (UCSD). Associate design credits: Blueprints to Freedom (La Jolla Playhouse), All My Sons (Alley Theatre). MFA UC-San Diego; BA University of Chicago. See her work at


Wingspace 2015/2016 Mentees:


Jason Fok Lighting Design

Jason Fok Lighting Design

Kalyani Priyadarsan Scenic Design  

Kalyani Priyadarsan Scenic Design


Elisabeth Svenningsen Scenic Design

Elisabeth Svenningsen Scenic Design