WINGSPACE PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

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 mentorship@wingspace.com.

 


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 carolineengdesign.com.


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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.


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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. www.kateducey.com

 


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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 (twoheadedrep.com), a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep. lilyriopelle.com

 


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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 phuongtlnguyen.com.


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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. https://www.rivafairhall.com/


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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 ryburke.com.


Wingspace 2016/2017 Mentees:

 

Becky Heisler Lighting Designer beckyheisler.com

Becky Heisler Lighting Designer

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Emmie Finckel Set Design efinckel.com

Emmie Finckel Set Design

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Ian McClain Projection Design ianmcclaindesign.com

Ian McClain Projection Design

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Justin Propper Sound Design justinpropperdesign.com

Justin Propper Sound Design

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Melissa Ng Costume Design melissang.carbonmade.com

Melissa Ng Costume Design

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Wingspace 2015/2016 Mentees:

 

Jason Fok Lighting Design  jasonfok.com

Jason Fok Lighting Design 

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Kalyani Priyadarsan Scenic Design  

Kalyani Priyadarsan Scenic Design

 

Elisabeth Svenningsen Scenic Design  esvennin.wordpress.com

Elisabeth Svenningsen Scenic Design 

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