Creative Artists Agency and the Black Theatre Coalition have created a new fellowship intended to increase the number of Black talent agents within the theater industry.
The hope of the fellowship is to provide people from marginalized communities with an opportunity to learn from agents in CAA’s theater department.
BTC will identify candidates who will then complete an application and interview process with CAA.
Fellows will also receive access to industry leaders as well as professional development opportunities sponsored by BTC.
Applications for the fellowship are now open.
CAA is a talent agency that has been expanded to include sports, digital media and other enterprises.
Founded in 2019 by T. Oliver Reid, Warren Adams and Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee, BTC’s mission is to increase the number of Black theater professionals within the industry.
“We are excited to partner with CAA to increase the diversity of talent representation in the entertainment industry,” said Nik Whitcomb, program director of BTC. “Our goal is to create hands-on experiences that help participants develop meaningful relationships, learn hard and soft professional skills and identify a strong network for continued success. We look forward to this long-lasting collaboration with CAA and know that together we will make an impact on the industry.”
“CAA and BTC share a strong mission to address the lack of diversity among theatre professionals in the field of representation,” said Joe Machota, head of theater at CAA. “Developing the next generation of theater artists and professionals has been a priority for CAA. This fellowship, and the impactful work that BTC is doing, will open doors for aspiring theater executives for many years to come. We are proud to partner with BTC on this incredibly important work.”