The Braid’s NEXT Emerging Artist Program is a unique and groundbreaking paid fellowship that provides professional development, networking opportunities and a platform for directors, writers and other creatives in their 20s and 30s who want to shape Jewish cultural arts. Each year, a group of six to eight new artists is selected through an application process to serve in a cohort that works together over a nine-month period to create a NEW Theatre production.
NEXT Fellows work collaboratively as a group and also in smaller teams of assigned tracks with varied responsibilities such as:
- Learn The Braid style of theatre (November-May)
- Promote program call for submissions and show via social media and creative marketing approaches (December-June)
- Identify additional relevant and worthy pieces to adapt (February-March)
- Attend as many final performances as possible (May)
- Participate in program evaluation (June)
- Learn how to source material, interview for stories and adapt written work for TheBraid stage (November-January)
- Read and Discuss Submissions (February)
- Adapt select pieces for stage (March)
- Source additional stories as necessary (March-April)
- Curate lineup of pieces for final performance (April)
- Attend at least two rehearsals for May salon (April-May)
- Learn the art of directing The Braid style of theatre (November)
- Attend rehearsals for January & March Braid salons (December-January;February-March)
- Work with Literary Team to determine casting needs (April)
- Cast and Direct rehearsals (April-May)
- Provide feedback to fine tune final script (May
How are NEXT fellows supported by The Braid?
The Braid (with generous support from the Erwin Rautenberg Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture, Santa Monica Department of Cultural Affairs, Robert Sillins Foundation and Gail Solo) will foster a collaborative experiential, hands-on learning environment with leadership opportunities, professional development, networking and resources. This includes hosting monthly meetings, providing trainings and mentorship, and hosting fellows to attend select Braid performances, events and/or other community arts and culture related conferences/workshops.
What is my time commitment as a NEXT fellow?
Fellows are expected to actively participate over 9 months from October 2022 to June 2023. This includes:
- Attending monthly in-person meetings in Santa Monica (typically 6-10pm with dinner provided by The Braid) and/or via Zoom depending on Covid guidelines.
- Work with mentors (as needed) and participate in smaller group conference calls as necessary
- Complete work independently in a timely way to advance the program. This may include reading submissions,
- outreach to cultivate partners, scouting a venue, attending casting calls, attending rehearsals, posting on social media, etc. These hours may vary and fluctuate by month depending on a fellow's roles in the program.
Tentative Meeting Schedule (if in person, 6:00-10:00pm PT in Santa Monica, if on Zoom 6:00pm - 8:30pm PT with potentially 2 meetings per month)
October 26, 2022 * November 16, 2022 * December 14, 2022 * January 24, 2023 * February 28, 2023 * March 21, 2023 * April 18, 2023
Performances: May 7 - 22, 2022 (subject to change)