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Jim Rye Fellowships
Jim Rye Fellowships
Download the 2018 application here.
Application Due November 17, 2017

The International Performing Arts for Youth's Jim Rye Fellowship offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students in the fields of TYA directing, management, curating, and education to be involved with the inner workings of a major performing arts for young audiences conference. After a competitive application and review process, Jim Rye fellows are provided with a yearlong membership in IPAY as well as Showcase conference registration where they will be part of various workshops and panel conversations of the Kindling Program together with the Porter Residency Fellows, as well as a modest $250 stipend (for those students not located in the host city) to help toward travel expenses.

In addition, mentors with experience in the student's field of interest help the scholar navigate the conference and facilitate the student's introduction to other professionals in the field, allowing them important networking opportunities. In addition, IPAY will endeavor to foster a stronger link between the Rye fellow and their educational institutions with the local IPAY member organizations. IPAY feels it’s paramount, and is excited, to support the development of stronger relationships with the Rye Fellows, their respective educational institutions and IPAY members and their respective organizations as we all work toward building the field of performing arts for young audiences.
In return, the fellows provide valuable input for the IPAY organization and TYA field at large through various research and mapping projects that contribute to more insightful information of the TYA field in North America. These relationships will be developed on an individual basis. Fellows may also be asked to assist the conference organizers, helping the conference run smoothly by providing help as needed, taking on projects such as assisting with registration, serving as liaison with artists, conducting audience surveys, working the IPAY booth and serving as reporters or recorders for educational sessions and discussions.

The late Jim Rye was the Artistic Director of the Birmingham Children's Theatre. Jim served on the Showcase Committee for many years, his company performed and exhibited, and he served as a mentor for many up and coming professionals in the field. We honor him by supporting the up and comers in today's ever expanding field of performing arts for young people.

2014 Fellow Kelly Prescott from Emerson College in Boston, MA says about her experience as a Jim Rye Fellow:

“IPAY’s Showcase was a magical experience! I’ve never had such thoughtful and inspiring conversations with fellow graduate students and professionals and practitioners in the field. It has really opened my eyes to what we produce for young audiences and it is stretching the boundaries of what the art can be.”



2018 Jim Rye Fellows

Ally Tufenkijan
MFA TYA UTEX Austin

Kate Proietti
MFA TYA UTEX Austin

Thomas Petrung
MFA TYA Arizona State Uni Mesa


Hyejung Son
PHD Irvine Valley College CA

Susanna Brock
MA Applied Theater TYA CUNY NY

Taiwo Afolabi
PhD Applied Theatre Uni Victoria BC

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