Fellows Program for Scientists and Artists with STAGE Lab at UChicago

STAGE is seeking up to six fellows to work collaboratively on the creation and development of its original theatrical works inspired by science and technology. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably within the last two years. Fellows receive a stipend, and while there is no guarantee, typically participate for one-to-two years, subject to satisfactory performance and in compliance with University policies.  

Ideally, we are looking for people with hybrid interests and skills, i.e., scientists who have had some theatre experience and/or theatre people with experience/a strong interest in science and/or technology.

We want people who are excited about our work process, as well as people who share our philosophy and are able to honestly assess whether or not they do so.

Skills & Qualifications: 

This is not a traditional job or school application. We realize our work and our work process are not for everyone. This is something we both understand and respect. It’s all about knowing each other well. We’re interested in finding out:

  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • How do you envision working with STAGE will help further your career goals?

Because our creation and development process is extremely unstructured and involves a lot of give-and-take, it’s essential that people be collaborative and comfortable with uncertainty. We are genuinely trying to identify people who are a good fit for our team, people who are passionate about doing the kind of work we do, in the way we do it. In this spirit, we want to know you as well as we can to ensure the success of this collaboration.

  • What has been your work process?
  • What kind of work have you been doing?
  • What brings out the best and the worst in you?

In addition, we're looking for people who are curious, who like to play and be playful, who by their very nature contribute to a light-hearted atmosphere, yet are serious-minded about their work. We want people who like to create stories and who are very skilled at doing so, who are good at solving complex problems and puzzles, who don’t buckle in the face of obstacles.

  • What’s your story?
  • Where do you go for inspiration?
  • What do you want out of life?


Relevant Skill Sets

We are looking for people with hybrid interests and skills, i.e., scientists who have had some theatre experience and/or theatre people with experience/a strong interest in science and/or technology. Fellows will be selected for their talents and interests, but will not be defined or limited by them. Our foremost requirements are alignment with our philosophy, a genuine interest in the work we do, dedication and hard work.

It is helpful to have several of the following skills:

  • Acting
  • Carpentry/building
  • Choreography/dance
  • Cinematography
  • Computer skills/coding/mathematics
  • Costume design
  • Dramaturgy
  • Electronics
  • Film editing
  • Improvisation
  • Language(s)
  • Lighting design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Music
  • Product design/prototyping
  • Projection design
  • Science/engineering
  • Set design
  • Sound design
  • Storytelling and new methods of storytelling
  • Writing
  • Special skills (e.g., everything from filmmaking, visual arts and photography to dialects, acrobatics, magic and sword swallowing, etc. to even those tinkerer/dabbler interests that materialize only in your basement)
To Apply: 

We are now accepting applications for the fall 2018 deadline. The official application form may be found here. However, please read all the information about our work process and philosophy carefully before you apply.

When applying, don’t write or say what you think we want to hear, because there’s no way of knowing what that might be. Instead, tell us some things you’d really like us to know about you and why you want to work with us.

Application review will commence on June 1, 2018 and applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. The deadline for applying for the fall 2018 fellows program is July 15, 2018. Applicants will be informed no later than July 31, 2018 as to whether or not they have been selected for a preliminary interview.

You will also be asked for three recommendations. A link to the form containing specific questions and instructions for recommenders appears on the fellows application.

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