Providing advocacy & resources for the field of theatre for young audiences.

About the Ann Shaw Fellowship

The ASSITEJ/USA Observership fund was founded in 1996 to support career development opportunities for theatre artists and administrators committed to theatre for young audiences. This program was renamed in 2003 as the Ann Shaw Fellowship, in recognition of Ann Shaw’s visionary leadership and tireless efforts to support individual career development of TYA professionals.

Since its inception, the Ann Shaw Fellowship has provided funds to assist over forty individuals with travel to theatres and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, for viewing outstanding work, and exploring challenging questions related to the field of theatre for young audiences.

In addition to attendance and participation in national and regional festivals and events, fellowship assistance may also be requested to support extended visits with a single host theatre, mentorship opportunities, innovative collaborations. and pursuit of a driving question or issue in the field of TYA.

2018 Ann Shaw Fellowship: More information will be posted in summer/fall 2017. Deadline will be in November.

Current Fellow

About Sarah Jane Hardy: Northwest Children’s Theater’s Artistic Director, Sarah Jane Hardy was born in Liverpool, England, trained at the Hylton Bromley School of Dance & Drama in Merseyside, England and earned Advanced Certification in Ballet, Tap, and Modern from the International Dance Teachers Association. Hardy’s early career included work as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher throughout Europe before moving to the United States as an international student earning an MFA in Directing from Utah State University. She became Artistic Director at Northwest Children’s Theater in 2006 and has since commissioned and produced 15 original adaptations including Alice in Wonderland – A Jazz Odyssey, an anime inspired Snow White and a version of The Jungle Book in collaboration with The Anjali School of Dance incorporating Indian dance styles from classical to Bollywood. Her directing and choreography credits for NWCT include Go Dog Go!, Seussical, El Zorrito, Elephant and Piggy, We’re in a Play!, and Mary Poppins. She has led NWCT’s Main Stage through many record-breaking and award-winning seasons, including the recent 22nd season which swept the regional Drammy and PAMTA awards with seven and nine wins, respectively.

About Her Project: She will be traveling to Bali, Indonesia, to study with and observe I Made Sidia, a world renowned Balinese Puppet master. I Made is currently the foremost exponent of contemporary Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) in Bali as well as Wayang Kontemporer which adds electric lighting, music, video projections, and mobile puppeteers. She will take this inspiration and practical knowledge back home for the work her company is developing locally in Portland. She looks to connect I Made with the TYA field as he is eager to learn more and hopes to make a reciprocal trip to Portland to work with the designers and students of Northwest Children’s Theater through a series of Master Classes open to the public.

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Sarah Jane Hardy

Fellowship History

As we work to complete our history, all past Ann Shaw Fellows and ASSITEJ-USA Observers are invited to submit updated head shots, project information, links, and project related media. Please contact Michael. Thank you!



















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