Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships




The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships support an actor's artistic and professional growth in collaboration with a TCG Member theatre. The goals of the program are:

  • To further an actor's artistic and professional development in live theatre;
  • To deepen and enrich an actor's relationship with a not-for-profit theatre;
  • To place actors as the nexus between theatres and communities, serving the community’s needs in a meaningful way;
  • To encourage actors to work outside their comfort zone.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:

Exceptional Merit

$15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports actors who are established in their careers as working professionals with 10 years or more of professional experience. Those with less experience are still eligible to apply but must recognize that they are competing with actors who have demonstrated a sustained dedication to their careers. Funds will support actors who are evaluating the current state of their career and envisioning what their career could be as they continue to grow in their artistry.

Distinguished Achievement

$25,000 supports actors with 20 years or more of experience who have amassed a substantial body of work. Funds will support recipients who are looking for opportunities to continue growth and sustain the longevity of their careers. Actors may use these resources to adapt to physical changes later in their career, as well as changes in casting.

Host Theatre

Host Theatres will each receive $7,500 to be applied to expenses associated with the actor’s fellowship activities.

The William & Eva Fox Foundation™ provides grants to actors and not-for-profit charitable organizations to promote study, research, and training in the field of acting and to encourage participation by actors and potential audiences in non-commercial theater.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must submit their applications online no later than the deadlines found on the Timeline web page. Please visit our Guidelines & Applications page to download the Guidelines PDF and access the TCG Online Application Portal.

Actors Host Theatre

  • Must not work exclusively in other disciplines (e.g. film, television).
  • Must not be a full-time student at a university or conservatory training program at the commencement of the fellowship period.
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of the application postmark deadline.
  • Previous recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships are not eligible to apply.
  • All actors will self-identify the category in which they will apply. Consult the guidelines for more information.
  • Companies will be TCG member theatres current on dues payments.
  • Theatres may submit only one proposal per round.
  • Theatres may not host two Fox supported residencies concurrently. Previous host theatres who are re-applying must complete residency activities no later than the commencement of the next fellowship period.

Application & Selection Process

Applications must be jointly developed by the actor and host theatre, and submitted by the actor. Multiple proposals from either party will not be considered.

Recipients will be chosen through a competitive application process by a national, independent advisory panel, consisting of professional artistic directors, freelance directors and actors. The advisory panel will submit their recipient recommendations to the William & Eva Fox Foundation, who will make the final selection.

Selection Criteria


Actors Host Theatre
  • Talent and creativity;
  • Skills and professional experience;
  • Degree to which the fellowship can contribute to the actor's artistic and professional goals;
  • Articulated community impact of the proposed activities;
  • Evidence of commitment, ability and a clear plan to carry out the proposed activities;
  • Appropriateness of partnership with the host theatre and commitment to a deepened relationship;
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget;
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career in the not-for-profit theatre.
  • Evidence of commitment, ability and a clear plan to carry out the actor's proposed fellowship activities;
  • Appropriateness of partnership with the actor and commitment to a deepened relationship;
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget;
  • Organizational stability;
  • Evidence of positive impact on and commitment to the community served by the theatre’s primary activities.

How To Apply


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Please Note: The information on this page refers to Round 14 of the program, which is no longer accepting applications.
 At this time, the next round of the Fox Fellowship program has not been announced. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Please visit the Timeline for application and project deadlines. For actor and host theatre eligibility requirements, as well as more information on the selection process, visit the Eligibility & Selection Process page.


Applications must be jointly developed by the actor and host theatre, and ultimately submitted by the actor. If you have any questions relating to the application process, including accessibility needs, please contact Joshua Smalley, artistic and international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.

Step 1:   Download and read the Guidelines. Please read carefully, noting the selection criteria (page 4) and guidelines regarding components of your application, such as work samples and letters of recommendation (page 5).

Step 2:   Either the Actor or the Host Theatre may initiate the application.  To begin, please choose the correct Online Application Form based on applicant type.  Choosing the correct Online Application Form is important, because questions vary depending on the applicant type. 

Click on the appropriate link below and follow the instructions on the subsequent pages:

Exceptional Merit applicants must CLICK HERE to access their application form

Distinguished Achievement applicants must CLICK HERE to access their application form

NOTE: At any given moment you can select Save & Finish Later before you log off from your application session. To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Step 3:   The application portal will allow the Actor and Host Theatre to share access to the application so you can complete the application together. The user who begins the application (either the Actor or the Host Theatre Contact) can give access to another person to view the in progress application by selecting the Save & Finish Later button and clicking the Manage viewers icon.  Also, the user who initiates the application (either the Actor or the Host Theatre Contact) can also give permission to another person to edit the application by transferring the ownership of the application. To do this, select the Save & Finish Later button and click the Transfer to a new owner icon.

Step 4:   Submit your application materials through TCG's Online Application Portal by November 19, 2019, NOON ET.

General Instructions on using TCG's Online Application Portal:

  • Do not close out of browser without clicking the Save & Finish Later button. At any time, you can save your work and return to the application form by selecting the Save & Finish Later button.

  • Click the check mark icon next to long text boxes to spell check your work.

  • You will not be able to bold, italicize or underline your text. We suggest putting show titles in CAPS or using quotation marks.

  • When applicable, you may click the info box icon for formatting requirements and special instructions, when necessary.

  • You can transfer the ownership of the application by selecting the "Save & Finish Later" button and clicking the "Transfer to a new owner" icon.

  • You can give access to another person to view your application by selecting the "Save" button and clicking the "Email Draft" link.

  • To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Funder

Round 9 - SONJA PARKS, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis

The William & Eva Fox Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, is committed to the artistic development of theatre actors as a strategy to strengthen live theatre. Through its prestigious Fox Fellowships, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million in fellowships to 335 actors since 1994 to underwrite periods of intensive study, research and training by actors recognized as having a serious commitment to the theatre. The Foundation is the largest grantmaker solely dedicated to the artistic and professional development of theatre actors, and one of very few that provides direct support to individual actors.


William & Eva Fox Foundation™ Class 36: Providing grants to actors and not-for-profit charitable organizations to promote study, research, and training in the field of acting and to encourage participation by actors and potential audiences in non-commercial theater.

Round 14 Timeline

Application/Letter of Recommendation Deadline November 19, 2019
Recipient Notification Week of February 3, 2020
Required Fox Fellows Orientation in NYC March 22-25, 2020
Fox Fellows Orientation “Rain Date” March 29-April 1, 2020
Earliest Start Date of Fellowships April 1, 2020
Required Fox Fellows Meeting and TCG National Conference June 2021
End date for all Round 14 Recipients April 1, 2022



Contact

For more information on the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, please email Joshua Smalley, artistic & international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.