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Arts Leadership Residency


This residency funds aspiring artistic directors and managing directors in residence at Bay Area theatres for a 12-16 week residency during which the residents with be mentored by the artistic and/or managing director and lead a significant project during the season.

The goal of the program is to support inclusion and representation in theatre leadership by removing roadblocks to arts leadership for historically marginalized groups including BIPOC, disabled, transgender, nonbinary, and female-identified theatremakers. The Arts Leadership Residency is designed to give freelance theatremakers the experience, skills, and connections they need to become the artistic directors and managing directors of the future. The Arts Leadership Residency is also designed to assist theatre companies in creating more diverse future leadership.

Read about the most recent cohort and the perspectives from past participants.

This program is funded in part with the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts and Amazon.

How to Apply

Individual artists and theatre companies apply jointly, using an online form. Full eligibility requirements are in the application guidelines.

Applications are currently closed.


Email Programs Officer Melissa Hillman at

Artists in Residence

2022–23 Cohort


Tanika Baptiste (she/they)

in residence at Theatre Rhinoceros

Amal Bisharat (she/her)

in residence at Golden Thread Productions

Mylo Cardona (they/them)

in residence at Oakland Theater Project

Phaedra Tillery-Boughton (she/her)

in residence at SFBATCO

2021–22 Cohort

Virginia Blanco in residence at AlterTheater

Devin Cunningham in residence at African-American Shakespeare Company

Daniel Duque Estrada in residence at Magic Theatre

Julius Rea in residence at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Read about the 2021-22 Cohort →

2020–21 Cohort (Directors Residency)

Maya Herbsman in residence at Cutting Ball Theatre

Aidaa Peerzada in residence at SFBATCO

Michael Wayne Rice in residence at SPARC

Leigh Rondon-Davis in residence at Shotgun Players

Read the article about the 2020-21 Cohort →