T. Fellowship, In Association With the Theatre Management & Producing Program, Receives 100K In Financial Support
September 26, 2018
The T. Fellowship, “a one-year program designed to educate and empower new creative producers,” which works in conjunction with Columbia’s Theatre Management and Producing Program, received a financial commitment of $100,000 from The John Gore Organization over the next five years.
The T. Fellowship offers 1-2 fellows a budget of $20,000 to produce a new play, a $10,000 stipend, the opportunity to audit classes at SOA’s Theatre Management and Producing Program, and mentorship by established producers. Professor and Columbia College and Law school alumnus Steven Chaikelson (CC ‘89, Law ‘93), who is Head of the Theatre Management and Producing Program at Columbia's School of the Arts, and Adjunct Professor, Victoria Bailey, currently serve as mentors in the fellowship.
“With Broadway getting more and more complicated, there’s more and more expertise required if you really want to be the decision maker,” Chaikelson told Broadway News.
Professor Chaikelson has taught in Columbia's Theatre Program and with Columbia Law School since 1998. According to his bio, he was “the first graduate of Columbia University's joint degree JD/MFA program in Law and Theatre Management.” He has worked as General Manager for dozens of Broadway productions and has also advised not-for-profit theatre organizations. At Columbia, he teaches classes such as the History/Practice of Producing and Theatre Management/Administration.
Adjunct Professor Victoria Bailey, who teaches courses such as Marketing & Development/Fundraising Tools in the Theatre Program, also works as Executive Director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a “not-for-profit organization for the Performing Arts which works to make theatre affordable and accessible to all.” Bailey is also at work on a research project called Triple Play, which “examines ways to strengthen the relationship between playwrights, theatres and audiences as a means to increasing audience appetite for new and risky work,” among other exciting projects.