The Wyoming Arts Council uses Submittable to accept applications for the annual Creative Writing Fellowships, the annual Performing Arts Fellowships, and the Frank Nelson Doubleday and Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Awards. Please visit the Arts Council website for additional information about fellowships. 

Ends on May 8, 2017


Performing Arts Fellowships are awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artists' field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. The format of the 2017 fellowships is new with a total of 4 fellowships to be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music; applicants may apply either in Composition or in Performance, and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance; applicants may apply in either Creation or in Performance. Please see below for more information about the new category setup and submission guidelines. Artists may only apply in one category (Music -or- Theatre and Dance).


ELIGIBILITY (all categories)    

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status (evidence of U.S. citizenship, resident status and state residency may be required).
  • May not be affiliated with the Wyoming Arts Council either as a board member or staff member, including their families, whether full-time, part-time or contractual.
  • May not be an employee of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
  • Must have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years.
  • Must remain a Wyoming resident for at least one year after award, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year.
  • Must not have received a Performing Arts fellowship within the last four years.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.
  • You may only enter the competition in one category (Music -or- Theatre and Dance).



  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front.
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a bio and a photograph for publicity.
  • The Arts Council will work with you to find an appropriate venue or showcase to publicly share your work. 
  • You will retain all rights to this work and the work you produce during the grant period.
  • You must fill out a final report form, due August 29, 2017, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.

Applicants may apply in either Composition or Performance. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.


Applicants may apply in either Creation or Performance. Dance or choreography (any style or genre), theatre or musical theatre works, technical theatre (lighting, set, or costume design), storytelling, and directing will be considered.


  • All applicants must register or update their information on the WY Arts Council’s Artists & Venues Directory.
  • Jurying is done anonymously; application materials should not list your name.
  • All applications must be submitted online through Submittable.
  • All submissions must include: 
    • If available, reviews of your work
    • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Artistic Statement
    • A maximum of 5 work samples that best demonstrate the applicant’s work must submitted in the correct format. Documents, images, audio, and video files will be accepted, or a combination thereof.
      • Each work sample must include a written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples;
      • Those applying in either Composition or Creation must submit original work created within the past 5 years.
      • Performances may be original works or performances of other works (not original) that were performed within the past 5 years.
  • If performing in the work of another artist, you must credit the artist and indicate that permission has been granted.
  • Fellowships are awarded to an individual; however works samples of group performances will be accepted for demonstrative purposes as long as the individual applicant is clearly identified.


Theatre and Dance

Gerry Hansen is an educator, director and choreographer, with twenty-two years’ experience as a director, including thirty-four university productions and three original Made-for-Television-Musicals.  Gerry also has nine years’ experience teaching at the university level with courses and productions at University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Cruz; Santa Barbara City College; and Sheridan College, Wyoming.


Alex Komodore is a Denver-based virtuoso guitarist. His powerful interpretations, formidable technique, and natural musicianship have won unanimous praise from prominent international critics, audiences, and many of the world's finest guitarists. Komodore is chair of the guitar program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he is a Full Professor of Music.