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Women of Will Fellowship


June 10, 2024


A stipend of $4,800, travel reimbursement, housing

The Tina Packer Women of Will Directing Fellowship


Tina Packer has blazed trails as a woman director of Shakespeare, has deeply explored the role and development of Shakespeare’s women as an actor, director, educator, and scholar, and is the author of Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays.


In honor of her accomplishments, Shakespeare & Company has created the Tina Packer Women of Will Directing Fellowship, to further the development of early-career stage directors who identify as women and have a passion for Shakespeare. This Fellowship was conceived and funded by Shakespeare & Company actor and training alumnus John Douglas Thompson, with matching funds from an anonymous donor, and additional gifts from a group of Shakespeare & Company women directors mentored and inspired by Tina.


The Women of Will Fellow will be in residence at Shakespeare & Company throughout the summer rehearsal period of a Shakespeare production helmed by an experienced woman director, observing and working as Assistant Director throughout the process.


The first Women of Will Fellowship will be awarded for the Company’s production of A Comedy of Errors, directed by Kate Kohler Amory, from June 10 – July 20. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $4,800, domestic round-trip travel reimbursement, and a private room in shared company housing.


The inaugural Fellow’s schedule permitting, she will also have the opportunity to return for one week to observe Tina Packer directing an enhanced reading of The Winter’s Tale from August 13 – 21. An additional stipend will be offered for this week, along with domestic travel reimbursement and company housing.


It is our intent that the Fellow will continue to have access to their Mentor Director, the members of an advisory committee of women directors, and other members of Shakespeare & Company following their time in Lenox. Fellows will thus continue to receive nurturing and support for their development as theater artists and Shakespeareans who bring a contemporary and culturally diverse female gaze to the plays and to the theater community. Fellows will join in creating a legacy of Women of Will mentoring others in the field.




Candidates will be early-career directors who identify as women. Applicants will have completed their academic training; they are not required to have any particular academic degree, but should have experience equivalent to at least four years of college, and will have directed outside of an academic program for at least two years. They will have a demonstrated interest and some experience in directing Shakespeare.


Candidates currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate degree programs may apply if they will receive their degree by June, and meet the other criteria.


Theater practitioners who have worked professionally in other areas of the theater and are now expanding their careers into directing, or are reentering the field after a pause, are encouraged to apply. “Early-career director” does not imply an age limit, and we appreciate that the trajectory of an artist’s career is not always linear or obvious.


Tina Packer’s life work is rooted in the belief that diverse approaches to and perspectives on Shakespeare illuminate the plays and expand our shared understanding of Shakespeare’s world and our own. We encourage and welcome female-identifying directors of historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Kate Kohler Amory, Director, The Comedy of Errors

Bio and Artistic Statement


Kate Kohler Amory is an award-winning theater maker and director. Highlights of directing. devising. choreography include: Midsummer Night’s Dream: DREAM LOVE ESCAPE, Pandemic Plays 20|20, The Birds, and Romeo and Juliet: A Space Oddity for The Ridiculous Project; Life of Spiders, Persona, The Yellow Wallpaper (Culture Project/ Holderness Theater) Dog Act, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, The Mermaid Hour: Remixed, Midsummer Night’s Dream for Boston Conservatory Berklee. The Wolves, Macbeth, Richard III, D.arc Water, Big Love, Ghosts of Troy and Comedy of Errors for Salem State Theater and Hamlet in a Nutshell at Brandeis University. Kate is Artistic Director of The Ridiculous Project, and Professor of Movement and Acting for Boston Conservatory at Berklee. MFA Naropa University, MA RADA/ Kings College, BFA Goldsmiths College. Certified in Trish Arnold Pure Movement, DE-SMTT Somatic Movement and CYT. Acting and other credits at www.katekohleramory.com.


“The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s first play, based on a Roman farce, yet it has important contemporary resonances including the need for connection and belonging and the dangers of othering folks from away. This production will be a fun, funny, fast-paced, colorful and zany comedy of mistaken identities firmly grounded in the truth of Shakespeare’s text. The locale is the seaside Vaudeville of New York City, 1912 and Ephesus is a mystical and sometimes strange place filled with all kinds of magic and mischief as well as sailors and sea captains. The rehearsal process will be collaborative and hopefully will include some live and recorded music, singing and vaudevillian feats.” – Kate Kohler Amory




Applications are due no later than 5 pm, Monday, March 25. Semi-finalists will be contacted by late March and asked to provide three letters of recommendation and an additional production essay. Final interviews will be conducted virtually and a Fellow selected by mid-April.




Please provide

  • A brief, narrative bio (up to 200 words),
  • A resume that includes your directing experience, other relevant theater experience, and training (not more than two pages), and
  • Answers to these three questions:
    • What is your relationship to Shakespeare? (up to 200 words)
    • Why are you interested in this Fellowship at this time in your life and work trajectory? What do you hope to learn and receive, and how do you feel you can contribute to the Comedy of Errors company and process? Who are you as a collaborator? (up to 300 words)
    • Please describe a production you have directed within the last two years (does not have to be Shakespeare): What was your vision for the production? How did you articulate and communicate your vision to your collaborators? What do you feel were your strengths and weaknesses in the process? (500-600 words)


How to Apply


Applications may be submitted via the Apply To Vacancy button, or e-mailed to Producing Associate Ariel Bock at abock@shakespeare.design.

Roles & Responsibilities
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have:
A stipend of $4,800, travel reimbursement, housing
Applications accepted until:March 25, 2024
How to Apply

Candidates who possess the above qualifications, or transferrable skills, are encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, resume, and references.

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