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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Contact: Michael Shay