Arts Council

Performing Arts Fellowships

Application for Theatre Direction, Dance Choreography and Stage Design coming soon!

Performing Arts Fellowships are given in honor of excellence in the artists’ field. They are juried by noted performers in the field on appropriate media samples and artists statements. Up to two fellowships are awarded each year, except for in Theatre Direction, Dance Choreography and Stage Design, when up to three fellowships may be awarded. Judges may also select honorable mentions. The Performing Arts Fellowships are on a four-year rotation:

This interview with Theatre Performance Fellowship (2012) winner Natalia Duncan talks about the value of the fellowship to her career.

Applications are accepted online via the CaFÉ system for all fellowships except Music Composition. A portfolio may be set up on CaFÉ for free at any time. WESTAF recommends that you use the Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. WESTAF sites are optimized for these browser platforms.

Go to Call for Entry (CaFE) to apply.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must apply as an individual
  • Must have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status (evidence of U.S. citizenship, resident status and state residency may be required).
  • May not be affiliated with the Wyoming Arts Council either as a board member or staff member, including their families, whether full-time, part-time or contractual.
  • May not be an employee of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
  • Must remain a Wyoming resident for at least one year after award, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year.
  • Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college or university dance- or theatre-related degrees.
  • Must not have received a fellowship within the last four years, or the last time this particular category was offered.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in their lifetime

If you Receive an Award

An agreement will be sent to you. You will receive $2100 up front after you submit your agreement, and the remainder will be paid with the Final Report is complete. Access your Final Report. To complete the final report, you will need a log-in and password. Please contact WAC staff for information. An email is sent automatically to you with this information once it has been set-up, and an email will be sent with the Final Report is available.

Application Requirements for Theatre Direction, Choreographers, and Stage Design:

For everyone:

  • Curriculum Vitae, focusing on your dance or theatre work;
  • Written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples (more detail below). Approximately one page;
  • Artistic/biographical statement;
  • Copies of reviews from works within the last five years;
  • Uploaded video per requirements below, that meet CaFE’s upload requirements.

For Choreographers:

  • Videos of a minimum of 2 works (may submit up to 5 videos) that you have choreographed.
  • A statement that explains your “process” or approach to the material – overall concept, what story you hope to tell with the movement, and how you chose to stylize each piece.

For Directors:

  • Letters of recommendation from at least two individuals familiar with your work. The letters should address specifics.
  • If available, videos of 2 or more shows that you have directed.
  • Provide a statement about each show explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted (approximately 200 words per show).

For Designers: (may submit in one or more categories: lighting design, set design and/or costume design)

Lighting designers:

  • Digital images or (if available) videos of your theatre work (2 separate shows)
  • Digital images of light plots

Set designers:

  • Digital images or (if available) videos of your work (2 separate shows)
  • Digital renderings of your designs

Costume designers:

  • Digital images or (if available) videos of your work (2 separate shows)
  • Digital images of sketches and/or renderings


Tamara Dyke-Compton is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Arizona School of Dance in Tucson, Ariz. She teaches jazz technique classes and dance ensemble. Tamara has been on faculty at many dance schools, community colleges and dance conventions across the U.S. and Canada. She has served as a faculty member for Dance Masters of America, Domain Forget in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and The Dance Project in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has also subbed for David Marquez at Broadway Dance Center and The Alvin Ailey School in New York City. During the summers, Tamara is on the jazz faculty at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Her choreography has been seen at The Clark Studio Theatre in Lincoln Center, The Juilliard Theatre, Ballet Jazz De Montreal, Jazz World Congress, Tokyo Japan, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Domain Forget Performing Arts Camp, The Stevie Eller Theatre, Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College and many dance schools across the U.S. and Canada. Her choreography was chosen to be performed at The Benjamin Harkarvy Memorial at The Juilliard Theatre in 2002. She has worked for choreographers such as Michael Rooney, Marguerite Derricks, Jimmy Locust and Joe Lanteri Tamara has performed principal roles for Twyla Tharp, in her Broadway first national tour of Movin’ Out, from 2003-2008, and toured with the first national Broadway tour of Fame the musical from 1998-2000. She has appeared in various industrials, music videos, commercials and benefits performing with stars such as Paula Abdul, Patti LaBelle, Mary Kate and Ashley Olson and Ted Danson. Tamara has been a company member with NOVA Ballet and Convergence Ballet in Phoenix. She was one of Aszure Barton’s first company members with Aszure Barton and Artists, at the Joyce Soho in New York City. Tamara also performed with Robert Battle’s Battleworks at City Center Studios in New York City.

Thomas Ossowski is associate professor in the Music Theatre Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. He is artistic director for the Post Playhouse in Chadron, Nebraska. Tom has also directed for theatres such as the Centennial Theater Festival in Connecticut, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, Fla., The Lost Colony in Manteo, N.C., and the Bigfork Musical Theatre in Montana. He is on the faculty at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. His work also has taken him to Zug, Switzerland, and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tom is also the former Head of the Music Theatre Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he taught acting, directing and musical theatre courses. Some of his directing/music directing credits include Urinetown, Chicago, 42nd Street, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance. Other professional credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!, Lucky Stiff, The Fantasticks!, Crazy for You, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and Fiddler on the Roof. He is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Application Requirements for Music Performance:


  • Curriculum Vitae, focusing on your music performance work
  • Written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples
  • Artistic/biographical statement
  • Uploaded video and audio samples that meet CaFE’s upload requirements

The reason we ask for both DVD and CD is that you will be judged on performance style and the quality of your performance. Sometimes, a video can capture the physical performance but might lack audio quality. This helps the judges cover both aspects of your performances. Performances can feature your original music or that composed by others. Please remove any mention of your name from performances. Our use a blind judging process for all of your fellowships, and ensure that all applicants remain anonymous to our jurors. That’s also the reason we use only out-of-state jurors.

Application Requirements for Theatre & Dance Performance:

For everyone:

  • Curriculum Vitae, focusing on your dance or theatre performance work;
  • Written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples;
  • Artistic/biographical statement;
  • Copies of reviews from works within the last five years;
  • Uploaded video per requirements below, that meet CaFE’s upload requirements.

For theatre performance applicants:

  • Audition video;
  • Demo Reel, if available;
  • Three letters of reference from directors with whom you have worked in the past five years.

For dance performance applicants:

  • Video featuring you performing in two to three dance performances

Previous WAC Performing Arts Fellowship Recipients

1990 Beth McIntosh (musician); Lisa Morgan (choreographer); Ron Steger (scenic design); Eugene Zenzen (musician)

1991 Jewel Dirks (composer); Gary Smart (musician); Britton Theurer (musician); Patricia Tate (choreographer)

1992 Chris Kennedy (musician); Randy Milligan (actor); Margaret Stalder (choreographer); Lucy Woodman (composer)

1993 David Dundas (scenic designer); Pamela Glasser (musician); The Grizzlies (musicians); Terry Yazzolino (storyteller)

1994 Tom Empey (theatre director); Kevin S. Hart (musician); Larry Hazlett (light design); Ann Panalsek (choreographer)

1995 Rebecca Hilliker (theatre director); Gary Smart (composer); Theodore Lapina (musician)

1996 Janet Griffith (musician); Jewel Dirks (composer); Patrick Brien (theatre director)

2002 Music Composition: Dave Brinkman (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (composer), Powell

2003 Theatre & Dance Performance: Bob Berky (theatrical clown/mime), Jackson; General McArthur Hambrick (dancer), Laramie

2004 Music Performance: Judd Grossman (singer/guitarist), Jackson; Scott Turpen (saxophonist), Laramie

2005 Theatre Direction, Choreography & Stage Design: Barbara “Babs” Case (choreography), Jackson; Ken George (set design), Casper; Marsha Knight (choreography), Laramie

2006 Music Composition: Christian Erickson (composer), Gillette; Anne Guzzo (composer), Laramie

2007 Theatre & Dance Performance: Kema Jamal (dancer), Cheyenne; Jodeen Tebay (dancer), Jackson

2008 Awards on one-year hiatus

2009 Music Performance: Anne Sibley (singer/musician), Jackson; Theresa Bogard (pianist), Laramie

2010 Theatre Direction, Dance Choroeography and Stage Design: Larry Hazlett  (lighting designer), Laramie; Carrie Noel Richer (film director & choreographer), Jackson; Babs Case (choreographer), Jackson

2011 Music Composition: Anne Marie Guzzo (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (singer/songwriter), Powell

2013 Theatre & Dance Performance: Lawrence Jackson (dancer), Laramie; Natalia Duncan (actor), Jackson. Interview with Natalia Duncan.

2014  Music Performance: Madelaine German, Jackson; Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle, Thermopolis

Grant Information

Contact: Michael Shay
Deadline: Varies