Stage Lighting Fellowship

 for Womxn and People of African Descent


About the fellowship


The Stage Lighting Tech Fellow is mentored and trained by Dance Mission Theater’s in-house Technical Director, Harry Rubeck in introductory and intermediate basics of stage lighting production. The Stage Lighting Tech Fellowship has emerged from years of conversations between Black Choreographers Festival, Dance Mission, and Afro Urban Society about what would better our field. Our collaborating team is passionate about expanding the opportunities for womxn and people of color in stage production, and is committed to creating accessible, professional, and relevant skill sets that live up to our high standards of production. This fellowship is appropriate for people interested in the technical aspects of being on a production crew and specifically lighting design.

Who it’s for

The fellowship is open to all people of African descent. Priority will be given to Black womxn-identified and gender non-binary peoples. The ideal Stage Lighting Tech Fellow is interested in/curious about a career as a Lighting Technician, Lighting Designer, and/or working in the field as a Stage Manager or Sound Technician. We are looking for fellows that are able to commit to all the sessions, and have strong work ethic, curiosity, willingness to learn, are efficient and flexible and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment, have strong communication skills; and demonstrate organization, attention to detail, problem-solving, and time-management skills. The fellow must be able to climb a ladder up to 18 ft and be able and willing to carry equipment (lights, cable etc) up to 25 lbs. We will only be accepting a limited number of fellows so that class sizes remain small.

Following the fellowship, those showing a strong commitment level will be able to work select shows from load-in to strike as a practicum at Dance Mission Theater and at other venues around the Bay Area.


What you get

  • A $500 stipend upon successful completion and attendance of all sessions

  • Free professional training

  • Paid opportunities to work future shows at Dance Mission including Black Choreographers Festival and the Choreographers Showcase

  • Ability to attend shows free of charge at Dance Mission Theater during the time of the fellowship (dependent on ticket availability)

  • Professional referrals to other venues throughout the Bay Area


2018 Fellows: Tiombe Wiley, Natalya Shoaf, Jewel Buchanan-Boone, Alexa Burrell

2018 Fellows: Tiombe Wiley, Natalya Shoaf, Jewel Buchanan-Boone, Alexa Burrell

Training Sessions (required) - All held at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St, SF)

November - December, 2019

  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: November 18

  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: November 25

  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: December 9

  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: December 16

  • Required Practicum production dates & Field trips to shows and other spaces, as well as lectures / panel discussions by other leaders in the field of Lighting and Sound design. (Times TBD)

The 2019 fellowship is made possible by support from the Center for Cultural Innovation and Urban Jazz Dance Company.

Program Description

This program includes training sessions, practicum, field research and professional connections.

  • Project activities include:

  • Four training sessions

  • An in-depth practicum

  • Field trips and lectures to other sights led by POC leaders in the fields

Skills covered in training sessions include (subject to change):

  • Session 1: Introduction to lighting instruments and how to use equipment

  • Session 2: How to hang and secure lighting fixture, how to focus a lighting fixture, how to cut and prepare gel, how to make a circuit/ patch sheet.

  • Session 3: Review of previous skills, Learn how to execute making a cue on the light board and to record it.

  • Session 4: Mini practice plot to hang and focus, write and practice cue sequences. Learn how to prepare and focus a floor mount. Introduction to running sound cable. Review as necessary.

How to Apply

  • Complete the APPLICATION BELOW | Deadline: October 1, 2019 (12PM)

  • For more info: Stella Adelman at Dance Mission Theater | 415-826-4441 |