BdA Stage Lighting Fellowship for Womxn and People of African Descent

BdA Stage Lighting Fellowship

 for Womxn and People of African Descent

Bakanal de Afrique (BdA) is Afro Urban Society’s biennial multidisciplinary Afro Urban festival that celebrates the many histories and traditions blended into the odyssey of the African Diaspora through our art and culture. From its birth in 2009, Bakanal de Afrique was intended to be a cultural phenomenon that stretched the length and breadth of the world, and united Urban Africans in a very unique way.  

About the fellowship

The Stage Lighting Tech Fellow is mentored and trained by Dance Mission Theater’s in-house Technical Director, Harry Rubeck in introductory and intermediate basics of stage lighting production, with an opportunity for fieldwork working the load-in, run, and strike for Afro Urban Society’s production, ‘Bakanal de Afrique: What Had Happened Was…’, November 16-17, 2018 at Dance Mission Theater. The Stage Lighting Tech Fellowship has emerged from years of conversations between Black Choreographers Festival, Dance Mission, and Afro Urban Society about what would better our field. Our collaborating team is passionate about expanding the opportunities for womxn and people of color in stage production, and is committed to creating accessible, professional, and relevant skill sets that live up to our high standards of production. This fellowship is appropriate for people interested in the technical aspects of being on a production crew and specifically lighting design.

Who it’s for

The fellowship is open to all people of African descent. Priority will be given to Black womxn-identified and gender non-binary peoples.  The ideal Stage Lighting Tech Fellow is interested in/curious about a career in Lighting Design, and/or working in the field as a Stage Manager or Sound Technician, and/or in augmenting their own artistic practice with knowledge about the technical side of live performance. We are looking for fellows that are able to commit to the entire 3 months, and have strong work ethic, curiosity, willingness to learn, are efficient and flexible and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment, have strong communication skills; and demonstrate organization, attention to detail, problem-solving, and time-management skills. The fellow must be able to climb a ladder up to 16 ft and be able and willing to carry equipment (lights, cable etc) up to 25 lbs. We will only be accepting a limited number of fellows so that class sizes remain small

What you get

  • A $600 stipend upon successful completion

  • Free professional training

  • Paid opportunities to work future shows at Dance Mission including Black Choreographers Festival and the Choreographers Showcase

  • Ability to attend shows free of charge at Dance Mission Theater during the time of the fellowship (dependent of availability)

  • Professional referrals to other venues throughout the Bay Area


Training Sessions (required) - All held at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St, SF)

September - November, 2018

  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: September 24
  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: October 8
  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: October 24
  • Monday, 10AM-3PM: November 12

Required Practicum production dates - All held at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St, SF).

Times are approximate:

  • Load-in: Tuesday or Wednesday November 13-14, 11am-3pm
  • Tech: Thursday, November 15, 11am-10pm
  • Show: Friday, November 16, 6pm-11pm
  • Show and strike: Saturday, November 17,  6pm-11:30pm
  • Other: Field trips to shows and other spaces, as well as lectures / panel discussions by other leaders in the field of Lighting and Sound design. (Times TBD)

Program Description

This program includes training sessions, practicum, field research and professional connections.  

Projects Activities include:

  • Four training sessions

  • An in-depth practicum

  • Field trips and lectures to other sights led by POC leaders in the fields

Skills covered in training sessions include (subject to change):

  • Session 1: Introduction to lighting instruments and how to use equipment

  • Session 2: How to hang and secure lighting fixture, how to a focus lighting fixture, how to cut and prepare gel, how to make a circuit/ patch sheet.

  • Session 3: Review of previous skills, Learn how to execute making a cue on the light board and to record it.

  • Session 4: Mini ‘practice’ plot to hang and focus, write and practice cue sequences. Learn how to prepare and focus a floor mount. Introduction to running sound cable. Review as necessary.

Practicum Session: Working the load-in, run, and strike for Afro Urban Society’s production, ‘Bakanal de Afrique: What Had Happened Was…’, November 16-17, 2018 at Dance Mission Theater.

How to Apply

  • Complete the APPLICATION BELOW | Deadline: September 3, 2018 (12PM)
  • For more info: Stella Adelman at Dance Mission Theater | 415-826-4441 |
Afro Urban Society