Willa Kim Overview

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TCG is pleased to honor costume designer Willa Kim’s legacy and her life’s work as a pioneer, legend and inspiration for many of today’s theatre artists. Willa cared deeply about developing the next generation of artists and the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship will provide exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in hand-drawing and painting.

Because costume designers’ ideas and choices are communicated visually to artistic collaborators, Willa hoped to encourage the studio and graphic skills necessary for better communication of their artistic vision.

Recipients of the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 to be used towards tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses over a one-year period between June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. International study is allowable, but the scholarship will only cover tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses to participate in extracurricular (non-credit) training in hand-drawing and/or painting.

Each recipient’s curriculum will be hand-tailored to meet their individual goals and needs. While the scholarship does not require a minimum length of coursework, applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a curriculum that will have the maximum positive impact on the development of their technical skills in hand-drawing and painting.

The recipients’ scholarship activities may take place while they are on break from their university, college or training program.

The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship program is designed and administered by TCG with support from The Estate of Willa Kim.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Willa Kim Costume Design program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship will provide exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in hand-drawing and painting. Funds cannot be used for required curriculum at the applicant’s college, university or professional training program.

Eligible applicants must submit their applications and digital portfolio through TCG's Online Application Portal no later than the deadline listed below.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit an online application with supplemental materials by the deadline, January 7, 2020 NOON ET
  • Be currently enrolled and in good standing at a college, university or professional training program for the duration of the fellowship period June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Selection Process & Criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Artistry, creativity and skills;
  • Evidence of commitment, ability and a clear plan to improve the applicant’s skills as a costume designer;
  • Degree to which the scholarship can contribute to the applicant’s artistic growth;
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget and scholarship activities, including travel (if requested);
  • Potential for future excellence as a professional costume designer;
  • Commitment to a career in the not-for-profit professional theatre field.

Applications will be evaluated through a competitive review process by a national, independent and diverse selection panel composed of professional designers and theatre educators. Scholarships will be awarded solely on the selection criteria listed above, and not based on financial need.

In preparing the application, candidates should consider that the selection panel is searching for a well-rounded representation of the designer through the written application and portfolio. Ideal candidates for the scholarship will demonstrate a clear assessment of their technical skills, as well as their aesthetic sensibilities. The panel will also assess the candidate’s flexibility and openness to new techniques, forms and ideas.


Guidelines and Application


Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications.
At this time, the next cycle of the Willa Kim Costume Design program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Applications must be developed and submitted by the individual applicant.

ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 NOON ET

The online application will require that the applicant name two recommenders who will each submit a recommendation on their behalf as well as an academic advisor that will submit a letter of support. The recommenders and academic advisor should be familiar with the applicant’s work and be available to submit their letters to TCG directly via email by TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 NOON ET.

 

The applicant should receive a confirmation e-mail indicating a successful submission within one hour. If not, please contact TCG immediately. Be sure to save the submission confirmation e-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission will not be eligible.

How To Apply [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]

Step 1: Download and read the Guidelines carefully, paying close attention to instructions regarding the application process, including submitting portfolio materials, a letter of support, and recommendations.

Step 2: Apply via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. The portal will require applicants to complete an online application form, upload two files as described in Step 3, and provide links to two to four files, using an online file sharing platform (i.e. Dropbox or Google Drive), as described in Step 4.

NOTE: At any given time 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: Upload two file(s) as instructed below. Each file must be under 15 MB.

FILE #1: Upload a two-page resume/CV for the applicant.Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Resume.pdf

FILE #2: Complete and upload the Excel Budget Spreadsheet provided in the Online Application Form. Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Budget.xls

Step 4: Using the spaces provided in the “Portfolio Samples” section of the online application, applicants must provide links to materials (using an online file sharing program such as Dropbox or Google Drive) from at least TWO, but not more than FOUR projects that best represent their work. See the 'Portfolio Materials' section in the Guidelines for more information about submissions.

Failure to assemble and submit application materials properly may result in the application being considered ineligible for review.

Step 5: Save the Application Confirmation E-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission by the deadline will not be eligible. If you do not receive an Application Confirmation E-mail within an hour of submission, please email Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org. NOTE: Confirmation emails will be sent from mail@grantapplication.com, so be sure to check your spam folder.

Application materials will NOT be accepted after the aforementioned deadline and must be submitted via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL.

Step 6: The application requires that the applicant name an academic advisor who agrees to submit a letter of support, addressing how they plan to support the applicant to balance their scholarship activities and required curriculum at their college, university or training program.The applicant will be responsible for sharing the information provided with their academic advisor. Academic advisors MUST submit their letters directly to TCG by emailing a PDF file to Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org by TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 NOON ET.

Step 7: The application requires that the applicant name two recommenders who will submit letters of recommendation that address why the applicant is a strong candidate for a WILLA KIM COSTUME DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP. The applicant will be responsible for sharing the information provided with both of their recommenders. Recommenders MUST submit their letters directly to TCG by emailing a PDF file to Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org by TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 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.


Timeline

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Willa Kim Costume Design program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.


Online Application, Letter of Support and Recommendation

Submission Deadline January 7, 2020 NOON ET

Applicant Notification

(Will be sent via e-mail )

Week of March 30, 2020

Earliest start date June 1, 2020

Latest end date June 30, 2021



Funder

WILLA KIM was a costume designer for ballet, theatre, opera, and television. Among many honors were Tony Awards for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Tommy Tune’s The Will Rogers Follies, and Tony nominations for Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Joel Grey’s Goodtime Charley. She won Drama Desk Awards for Jean Genet’s The Screens, Irene Fornes’ Promenade, and Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder; Obie Awards for Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory and Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass; and Emmy Awards for the PBS broadcasts of Michael Smuin’s ballets The Tempest and A Song For Dead Warriors.

Ms. Kim received lifetime achievement awards from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Theatre Development Fund honored her with the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.



Contact

For more information on the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship, please email Joshua Smalley, TCG artistic & international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.