Wyoming Arts Council

Performing Arts Fellowships


Performing Arts Fellowships are $3,000 unrestricted awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artist’s field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. Four fellowships will be awarded in Music and Theatre and Dance. Artists may only apply in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance). The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Performing Arts Fellowships. Applications must be submitted online through Submittable where full details and eligibility requirements can also be found. The deadline to apply is June 3, 2020.



Theatre and Dance – Claro de los Reyes

Claro de los Reyes (he/him/his) is NYC-based playwright, actor, and a social practice theatre artist. His work aims to raise questions about transnational histories and its intimate influence on popular culture. Claro is the founder and director of Atlantic Pacific Theatre, a theater company committed to exploring cross cultural exchange and pluralism center through polycultural theatre experiences that reach across geographical and socially constructed borders. As an actor he has performed with NY theater companies that include NAATCO, Pan Asian Rep, Leviathan Lab, and International WOW. As a theatre maker he has had the honor of making theatre alongside community members in NYC, Minnesota, the Philippines, and Rwanda. Recent accomplishments include: The Laundromat Project Create Change artist commission; National Artists Strategies Creative Community Fellow; artist-in-residence at Downtown Art; Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Spotlight Playwriting Commission, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant Recipient. He is currently in development for two full length plays.

Music – Tara McGovern

Tara McGovern is a musician, teacher, activist and community advocate who has made eastern Iowa her home for the last twenty five years. Ongoing projects include traditional Irish band Coppers & Brass, original folk-rock duo The Soft and Low, multimedia jazz ensemble Hot Tamale Louie, intergenerational community folk choir Family Folk Machine and Champagne Céilí Band, one of several collaborations that links the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance with Tara’s McGovern Music Studio in their united goal of celebrating heritage arts. Tara is a popular freelancer with an extensive discography and onstage credits that include legendary international performers such as Taylor Mac and Foreigner as well as frequent professional, civic and community theater appointments. Professional interests include traditional Irish music, original folk music, recreational music making, theater, and neurodiversity advocacy. Tara’s degree in music therapy is from The University of Iowa.

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;

2018 Music Composition: Ben Markley, Laramie; Leif Routman, Jackson; Beth Vanderborgh, Laramie; Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Sheridan

2019 Music: Michael Gould, Cody, WY; Nicole Lamartine, Laramie, WY Theatre & Dance: Marsha Knight,  Laramie, WY; Kathleen Vreeland Cheyenne, WY

Grant Information

Deadline: Varies
Amount: $3,000
Contact: Taylor Craig
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