Wyoming Arts Council

Performing Arts Fellowships



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 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.  The deadline to apply to the fellowships is June 12, 2019.

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.
  • 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 31, 2020, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.


Applicants may apply as either a composer or performer. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble work for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including independent musicians, singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.


Applicants may apply as either a creator or performer. 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.


  • 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
  • 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; This statement must also include context (i.e. did you compose/choreograph/direct the piece or are you performing the work?).
  • Those applying as either a composer or creator 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.


Theatre and Dance – As a renowned African-American Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt has brought critical acclaim and National attention to Adventure Theatre MTC, where he has held his title as Artistic Director since 2007. He has grown the organizational budget to more than $2.6M from $450,000 and expanded the patron base more than 200% from 15,000 to more than 40,000. He oversaw a steady pattern of growth that included significant expansion of the company’s programs and its evolution from a small volunteer run children’s theatre to one of the most respected theatre/training companies in the DC region, as well as one of the nation’s most influential professional children’s theatres. Additionally, he has directed and choreographed at DC’s top theatres including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet. As a writer, Michael’s work has been accepted into the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York and Musical Theatre Festival. He has two plays published by Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals – Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (nominated for Helen Hayes’ Charles MacArthur Award) and Garfield, the Musical with Cattitude (written with creator Jim Davis). Other noted plays include Jumanji (Helen Hayes Nomination), The Stephen Schwartz Project, Blueberries for Sal, Caps for Sale, Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The Yellow Rose of Texas, and Mirandy and Brother Wind.

In addition to his professional activities, Michael is very active in the community hosting and emceeing numerous events and testifying at state and local governments concerning arts policy, legislation and public sector funding. He has served on numerous local and National boards and committees including League of Washington Theatre (President), Theatre for Young Audiences, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and theatreWashington.

Music – Philip Graulty is a guitarist, educator and producer who specializes in contemporary and cross-cultural music. He is the executive director of Bridge to Everywhere, a new music collective that explores connections between diverse musical traditions, and founding artistic director of the guitar ensemble, Ikat Quartet. He is on the faculty of music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a teaching fellow for National Arts Strategies. He received his M.M. in Guitar Performance from UCLA.


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

Grant Information

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