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Directing Fellowships

In an effort to support the development of future Omaha directors, the Omaha Community Playhouse is excited to offer the OCP Directing Fellowship. This Fellowship provides a new generation of early and mid-career directors with training and understanding of the directorial skills necessary to create theatre. Fellows will gain first-hand experience within Omaha’s leading organization for community-based theatre and education. They will work alongside, in collaboration with, and ultimately become the leaders shaping Omaha’s theatrical landscape.

The Directing Fellows are selected by the OCP Artistic Team and serve as assistant director or assistant director-choreographer for an assigned season production. A Fellow’s schedule and duties may vary widely based on their personal strengths, their assignment, and the production needs. These may include observership, dramaturgy, note-taking, attending rehearsals, and providing support as needed through opening night.

For the upcoming 2023-2024 season we will be offering a Directing-Choreography Fellowship Track for directors with a background in dance who’re equally passionate about choreography. These directors will serve as assistant director-choreographer for their assigned production and receive specific training relating to stage movement and choreography.


The mission of the OCP Directing Fellowship Program is to develop, support and encourage qualified community members in the art and practice of directing for the theatre. Our goal is to grow and diversify the Omaha directing pool in a way that we hope will benefit the entire theatre community.


Season 99

  • Clyde’s – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Hannah Barnes
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Shannon Chinn
  • Pipeline – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Iona Stites
  • The Play That Goes Wrong – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Justin Parsley 
  • Cabaret – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director-Choreographer : Madison Roman
  • Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Charles Wilke
  • Chicken & Biscuits – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director:
  • Hello, Dolly! – Directing Fellow/Assistant Director: Beth Leona King 


OCP Directing Fellows will participate in the following:


Each Directing Fellow will serve as an assistant director or an assistant director-choreographer for one of this season’s productions and will work closely with its director. Fellows will be included in the design process, auditions, casting, production meetings, and all rehearsals through tech week and opening night. Since no two directors work the same way, interested fellows are encouraged to observe rehearsals of other shows throughout the season, including OCP’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Fellows must request permission to attend rehearsals for other shows from each show’s director.

Roundtable Events:

Fellows will participate in Roundtable Events throughout the season, these include discussions, workshops, and guest speakers.

Roundtable topics, workshops, and speakers will be selected to meet the goals and expectations of each Fellowship class. Guest speakers may include designers, playwrights, choreographers, music directors, dramaturgs, and composers, among others. Topics of interest may include script analysis, auditions, working with designers, working with actors, working with choreographers, scheduling rehearsals, creating a safe and comfortable rehearsal space, etc.

Note: Reading or viewing assignments may be required for each roundtable discussion, days and times will be based as much as possible on the availability of the participants.

Individual Support:

Fellows will receive individual support throughout the season from the artistic leadership team.

The program will be a “fellowship” in the true sense of the word, in which a group with a common goal can learn with and from one another.

Directing Fellows receive a stipend of $500 for their participation in the season. In addition, each Fellow will receive $100 to purchase tickets to attend locally produced theatrical productions.



  • Applicants must reside in the Omaha metro area.
  • Applicants must have at least three years of experience in theatre, either as actors, stage managers, designers or directors.
  • Applicants must be willing to meet the responsibilities set forth above.


Applications open May 8th, 2023
Deadline for submissions is June 12th, 2023
Interviews will take place late June to early July

2023/24 Applications are now closed.

Fill out the 2023/24 Directing Fellowship Application Form

  • Prepare your current theatrical résumé along with names and contact information for two references.