Colleen Toohey Porter Fellowship

Attend the TYA/USA Festival & Conference, experience a range of professional development opportunities, and get to know the national landscape as you establish your identity as a TYA professional.

The Colleen Toohey Porter Fellowship supports undergraduates and graduate students, along with early career professionals, to participate in the TYA/USA Festival & Conference. Porter Fellows are awarded complimentary registration and housing to experience the full event alongside a diverse cohort of their peers. Fellows participate in a pre-conference professional development day. They also work alongside the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA board and staff to produce this dynamic event, offering support as needed throughout the festival & conference (including assisting with conference sessions and festival shows, staffing the registration desk, and providing general administrative support as needed). The primary goal of the fellowship is to introduce participants to the range of the national TYA field, and help support their early career growth by utilizing the biennial festival & conference as a learning opportunity.

The fellowship is named in remembrance and celebration of Colleen Toohey Porter, former Theatre for Young Audiences/USA Board Member and Vice President of Community Engagement & Education at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio. Colleen was a strong believer in supporting new voices in the field of Performances for Young Audiences.


The 2019 Application Cycle is now closed. Our next application cycle will begin Fall 2020.