Wyoming Arts Council

Performing Arts Fellowships


The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Performing Arts Fellowships. applications must be submitted online through Submittable. The deadline to apply to the fellowships is June 4, 2018.


Performing Arts Fellowships are awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artists’ field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. 4 fellowships will be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music; applicants may apply either in Composition or in Performance, and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance; applicants may apply in either Creation or in Performance. Artists may only apply in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance).

ELIGIBILITY (all categories)

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees.
  • 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 have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years.
  • Must remain a Wyoming resident for at least one year after award, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year.
  • Applicants must register or update their information in the Wyoming Arts Council’s Artists and Venues Directory.
  • Must not have received a Performing Arts fellowship within the last four years.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.
  • You may only enter the competition in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance).


  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front.
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a bio and a photograph for publicity.
  • The Arts Council will work with you to find an appropriate venue or showcase to publicly share your work.
  • You will retain all rights to this work and the work you produce during the grant period.
  • You must fill out a final report form, due August 30, 2017, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.


  • All applicants must register or update their information on the WY Arts Council’s Artists & Venues Directory.
  • Jurying is done anonymously; application materials should not list your name.
  • All applications must be submitted online through Submittable.
  • All submissions must include:

◦   If available, reviews of your work;
◦   Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;
◦   Artistic Statement;
◦   A maximum of 5 work samples that best demonstrate the applicant’s work must submitted in the correct format. Documents, images, audio, and video files will be accepted, or a combination thereof.

‣   Each work sample must include a written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples;
‣   Those applying in either Composition or Creation must submit original work created within the past 5 years.
‣   Performances may be original works or performances of other works (not original) that were performed within the past 5 years. If performing in the work of another artist, you must credit the artist and indicate that permission has been granted.

  • Fellowships are awarded to an individual; however works samples of group performances will be accepted for demonstrative purposes as long as the individual applicant is clearly identified.
  • Work must have been created/performed within the past 5 years.


Applicants may apply in either Composition or Performance. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.


Applicants may apply in either Creation or Performance. Dance or choreography (any style or genre), theatre or musical theatre works, technical theatre (lighting, set, or costume design), storytelling, and directing will be considered.


Theatre and Dance – Justin Ross, an alumnus of the American Film Institute, is the director of the LOGO hit WAITING FOR YVETTE starring Wendie Malick. Theater directing and choreographing credits include the Off-Broadway smash I COULD GO ON LIP-SYNCHING! starring Lypsinka, BLOCKS at the Rainbow Room starring Faith Prince, Linda Hart, Julius LaRosa and Sandahl Bergman, Bill Russell’s ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS starring John Rubenstein, the Los Angeles premiere of David Rubinoff’s STUCK and the Los Angeles Times’ acclaimed production of Adam Rapp’s NOCTURNE. Staged readings include Tom Eyen’s WOMEN BEHIND BARS starring Lainie Kazan, Jennifer Tilly, Niecy Nash, Lesley Ann Warren and Peter Facinelli. He is currently directing and choreographing Mark Saltzman’s ROMEO & BERNADETTE which enjoyed a sold out run this past summer at the Wyoming Theater Festival. Mr. Ross is a founding member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab, has been a professor at New York University’s Musical Theater Program and he continues to teach master classes worldwide.

As an actor Justin Ross is best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Greg” in the original Broadway production of A CHORUS LINE, a role he recreated for Richard Attenborough’s screen adaptation. Other Broadway credits include the Stephen Schwartz musicals THE MAGIC SHOW and PIPPIN where he played
“Lewis”, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. He recently won raves for his performance as “Scrooge” in the play GAY APPAREL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Big screen appearances include supporting roles in THE FAN, FUNNY ABOUT LOVE, QUICK CHANGE and CITY BY THE SEA as well as appearing as himself in the recent documentary CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE and the upcoming BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE. He can currently be seen as “Gene” in the HULU film, LOVE OR WHATEVER.
On the small screen he has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, classic sitcoms such as MURPHY BROWN and COACH, and as “Jack” in a series of JACK-IN-THE-BOX commercials. He is currently representing JET BLUE in their new credit card commercials.

Music – Pianist Deborah Schmit-Lobis has performed with just about every major classical organization in the Denver area although she loves and plays just about every style of music. She’s toured nationally and internationally with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, played the accordion with Luciano Pavarotti in his last Denver concert, and has performed with James Galway, Eileen Ivers and the Paul Winter Consort in conjunction with the Colorado Symphony. She’s also toured with the 70’s band Edison Lighthouse and the Boys from Beatlemania. She’s often seen playing or conducting at the Denver Center Theater, most recently having performed the production of Quilters.

As a composer and arranger most recently she’s had a commission from the Colorado Children’s Chorale to write a piece for the TANK. It’s the latest greatest place to record in Colorado and is receiving national attention as it has a 30′-40’ reverb which is better than the Taj Mahal! The piece called SPING FROM THE TANK will be in a documentary about the Colorado Children’s Chorale to be shown all over the country.

She’s composed music for the large women’s ensemble Resonance and Sound Circle conducted by Sue Coffee, has arranged and composed for Central City Opera and numerous dance and theater companies such as Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater and Speaking of Dance. She’s the principal pianist with the Central City Opera Ensemble, performs with the infamous Mother Folkers and was part of the trio Upsidasium and Windy Peak for many years. She has found she enjoys teaching and can be found at the Center for Musical Arts in affiliation with the Colorado Music festival teaching composition, private piano or doing a pre-show talk on various composers.

She has several CDs available and her music has been featured on radio stations across the country. She has a new Solstice CD out called When the Sun Turns North. She is from North Dakota where the winters are long and the accordions are plentiful.

Previous Performing Arts Fellowship Recipients

List of Previous 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

2017 Music Composition: Ron Coulter, Casper; Theatre & Dance Performance: Rachel Holmes, Jackson;

Grant Information

Deadline: Varies
Amount: $3,000
Contact: Rachel Clifton
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