Applications open to actors, singers, dancers
The Ordway's GreenRoom is a paid, intensive training fellowship created by BIPOC artists to center and uplift underrepresented communities within musical theater. Led by Ordway Director of Arts, Learning, and Community Engagement Maia Maiden, the educational program is open to Minnesota actors, dancers, and singers who are 18 years and older and interested in expanding their performing arts skills into musical theater. Throughout the six-week program, 10 selected fellowship positions combine collaborative, experiential learning with 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching.
GreenRoom’s core faculty is a roster of accomplished artists from the Twin Cities and beyond. Their professionally curated curriculum looks to instill the skills, understanding, and confidence necessary to excel in musical theater. In partnership with guest speakers and teaching artists, content covers acting, vocal technique, movement, and auditioning, as well as special master classes on business development, public speaking, and wellness. Established in 2022, GreenRoom is the first of its kind in Minnesota. At its core, GreenRoom is a culmination of the Ordway’s deepest-held values; that the performing arts should be wide-ranging and accessible to all, reflective of the communities they serve, and willing to address access barriers. The fellowship is driven by the belief that the arts are essential to everyday life, connecting people of different traditions, cultures, and backgrounds together in community around one shared experience.
GreenRoom virtual info sessions
Free · No advanced registration required
To learn more about GreenRoom and the application process, join our free virtual information sessions. Both events will be held over Zoom. Click the "Join via Zoom" button at the scheduled times to join.
In order to be considered for GreenRoom, fellowship applicants must:
Be 18 years or older
Be based in Minnesota
Be an actor, singer, and/or dancer
Be able to demonstrate a commitment to the performing arts
Have proficiency in at least one of the three disciplines
Have less than 3 years experience as a professional musical theater performer beyond high school/college
Be able to commit to duration of the program
Our intention is to create a learning environment that is empowering and supportive to instill the confidence, understanding, and skills necessary to excel in the challenging and rewarding field of musical theater.
In addition to the eligibility guidelines, interested applicants should:
Have a desire to learn and positive attitude
Be open minded and focused
Be willing to receive and respond to feedback
Be able to collaborate and support others
Be willing to make mistakes and bold choices
Frequently asked questions
What does "BIPOC" mean?
Black, Indigenous, Person of Color
We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists of color who identify as: Black/African/African American, Indigenous, American Indian, Native, Native American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan.
We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever-evolving and will always be inadequate. Our fellowship seeks to uplift artistic communities who have been historically underrepresented in musical theater. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.
What does “based in Minnesota” mean?
Currently living in Minnesota. This includes college students whose primary residence is Minnesota, but attend college in another state.
What does “able to demonstrate commitment to performing arts and proficiency” mean?
Performance experience and/or training in your discipline area (acting, singing, and/or dancing). This includes but is not limited to: classes, workshops, and performances in community spaces, professional theaters, schools, various venues, churches, etc.
What does “experience as a professional musical theater performer” mean?
Been a part of a book musical production process. A book musical is a musical play where songs and dance/movement are fully integrated into the story.
I see this fellowship is for participants 18 years or older. Is there an age limit or age focus?
This fellowship is meant to be intergenerational. If you are older than 18, we encourage you to apply!
Will this fellowship be in person or virtual?
This fellowship will take place in person at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Fellows will follow the same COVID-19 protocols as our production team. These protocols continue to be monitored for reevaluation and are subject to change.
How many fellows will be selected?
Ten fellows will be selected.
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I have more questions/I need help with my application. Is there someone I can contact?
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