In 2015, the Arthur Miller Foundation Fellows Program was launched in partnership with the New York City Arts Office with the goal of expanding access and equity to quality theater education for students by supporting public school theater teachers.
The Arthur Miller Foundation collaborated with Peter Avery, NYC Public Schools Director of Theater, to develop the program which is tailored to first, second and third year theater teachers, named Arthur Miller Fellows. Fellows are provided with three years of dedicated support, including experienced mentors, cultural partner residencies, classroom resources, theater field trips for students and professional development opportunities.
In 7 years, the program has expanded from 15 to 78 Fellows at 78 public schools, impacting nearly 40,000 elementary, middle and high school students in all 5 boroughs of New York City. It is the only program of its kind, with a focus on integrating theater arts education into the academic day.
PROGRAM SUPPORT FOR ARTHUR MILLER FELLOWS:
1. MentorshipEach fellow is matched with a professional veteran theater educator who serves as their dedicated mentor while they participate in the program.
2. Cultural Partner ResidenciesFellows select a multi-week residency on a specific topic of theater, bringing a teaching artist from a celebrated New York City cultural institution into their classroom to work with their students for 8-10 weeks.
(Please note our esteemed Cultural Partners below.)
3. Resources & Theater TicketsFellows receive toolkits of resources for their classrooms (rehearsal cubes, tablets, theater libraries, pipe & drape sets, etc.) and funds for students to attend live professional theater, including Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
4. Professional DevelopmentFellows are required to participate in professional development workshops on various topics of theater and attend inter-visitations to observe veteran theater educators in action.
Arthur Miller Fellows are included in a learning community of peers, with whom they network and collaborate. They enjoy special events with the Arthur Miller Theater Education Program community throughout the year to broaden their repertoire of knowledge in the field and celebrate their noble work as theater educator artists.
Fellows teach units on storytelling, devising, production, playwriting, design, vocal technique and more. They are guided in their teaching by the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater: PreK-12 developed by the New York City Department of Education.
Our Cultural Partners
Arthur Miller Foundation Fellows Program participants are selected through an application process open to full-time certified New York City Department of Education theater teachers.
Priority is given to teachers in their first or second year of creating an in-school theater program.
The application period is closed for the 2022-2023 school year.
The Arthur Miller Foundation extends our gratitude to the New York City Department of Education for our rich partnership. Special thanks to:
Peter Avery – Director of Theater, Office of Arts & Special Projects
Maria Palma – Executive Director, I.A., Office of Arts & Special Projects
Meisha Porter – New York City Public Schools Chancellor
Carmen Fariña – Former New York City Public Schools Chancellor
The Arthur Miller Foundation fondly remembers Paul King, former Executive Director of the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects. Paul was a warrior for arts education and a true champion of the Arthur Miller Theater Education Programs. We will be forever grateful for the indelible impact he made. AMF will continue our work with Paul’s passion and commitment to equity and access for quality arts education clear in mind.