Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, a national leader in the creation of innovative theatre, is launching a transformative fellowship program in partnership and with a lead gift from the Miranda Family Fund, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family philanthropic fund. This ambitious new program is designed to provide talented candidates from historically excluded communities, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, with the resources and training necessary to build their careers as arts administrators or theatre technicians. Each fellowship is structured as a paid year-long department-specific position with benefits (including health insurance), and a housing stipend. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the inaugural fellowships will take place over one and a half years and begin as remote positions in Winter 2021.
The Miranda Family Fellowship Program is in partnership and with a lead gift from the Miranda Family Fund. Major support provided by the Patalano Family (Lou, Jodi, Ali & Will) with additional support from Kristin Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitine and the Verizon Foundation.
Meet our Inaugural Miranda Family Fellowship Cohort!
Autumn J. Mitchell, Production Management Fellow
Autumn J. Mitchell (she/they) is a freelance stage manager from the historical city of Savannah, Georgia. Her previous stage management credits include Until the Flood and Pass Over at Studio Theatre (DC), The Magical Musical Holiday Step Show with Step Afrika! (DC), and Fences and The Man of Destiny at The American Players Theatre (Wisconsin). Her passion for theatre and art has always been rooted in her love for supporting creatives and the communities in which they come from. Autumn graduated from the illustrious HBCU, Alabama State University with a BA in Theatre and Performing Arts with a concentration in Technical Theatre. Along with being a stage manager, Autumn is an aspiring Production Manager and Theatre Operations Manager with the goal of opening her own non-profit theatre organization to support black and brown artists and technicians from marginalized communities in the south. Autumn is delighted to join Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for the inaugural Miranda Family Fellowship cohort as the Production Management Fellow!
Jeremy Pesigan, New Work Fellow
Jeremy Pesigan (he/they) is an artist from the Midwest. His previous directing credits include we are in the endtimes now by Marley Smith and staged readings of Extreme Home Makeover and Fabuloso by Makasha Copeland. They graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Theater and Asian American studies, where they also received a Nikki Levy Queer Performance Grant from the Performance Studies Department. They are an aspiring amateur mycologist and a member of Anakbayan Chicago.
Citlali Pizarro, Connectivity Fellow
Citlali Pizarro (she/her) recently graduated from Swarthmore College, where she double-majored in Theater, focusing on social justice performance theory and practice, and an individualized major, Race and Gender in Education. While at Swarthmore, she gained experience acting, writing, and directing, and worked as a research and teaching assistant for “Performing Latinidad,” a course exploring diasporic experiences, decolonial theory, and the politics of “latinidad” through performance. As a student of transformative justice and prison abolition, Citlali believes in utilizing theater to envision better, more just worlds. Her work as a member of Students for Transformative Justice, Abolition, and Restoration (STAR), Women’s Resource Center associate, and editor for Voices, a student-run magazine centering marginalized students and social justice movements on campus, has greatly informed her artistic practice. She also works as a freelance journalist and is currently working on a musical with her friend and writing partner, Omar Camps-Kamrin. She is excited and honored to be the first Miranda Family Fellow in Connectivity at Woolly Mammoth.