Woolly Mammoth is committed to rooting out oppressive practices in the American theatre that have resulted in inequities and harm towards many would-be theatre makers. One such field-wide practice that rewards privilege and discourages inclusivity is the hiring of unpaid interns and apprentices — thus creating one of many barriers to entering the theatre industry.
The Miranda Family Fellows Program will disrupt this system by compensating fellows with full-time pay of at least $22.07/hour and health care benefits. All compensation is subject to all statutory deductions and WMTC’s customary payroll practices. Through this exciting model, Woolly Mammoth and the Miranda Family Fund are shining a light on the need for greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and access behind the scenes in the American theatre, and creating a new point of entry into the field for the next generation of arts leaders.
Alongside position-specific duties, fellowship programming includes intra-departmental mentorship, professional development opportunities, site visits and performances at local performing arts organizations, and monthly conversations with industry leaders. In order to deepen their analysis of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, and the role arts organizations can play in furthering movements for social justice, fellows will receive anti-racism and anti-oppression training and access to affinity spaces. There will be opportunities for peer networking, particularly as a part of the larger network of Miranda Family Fellows.