The Hemsley Mentorship Program provides financial support to lighting design students or recent graduates of a professional lighting degree program to help support independent study projects that focus on exploring topics relating to light and lighting design.  These projects would take place under the guidance of a professional lighting design mentor.  The Mentorship Program committee will consider grants of up to $5000.  Projects can be wide ranging and should not focus exclusively on assistant work or learning assistant skills. The strength of the application relies on the initiative of the student to contact and partner with a professional lighting designer and to present the independent study as an important step in the young professional’s artistic development. The goal of the Mentorship Program is to encourage exploration and to support closer professional/student relationships leading to a greater understanding of design and the design process.

Please note that due to restrictions related to existing union agreements, the Hemsley Lighting Programs is unable to support any proposal that includes work in a Broadway theater.

The Application and Selection Process

An interested student or recent graduate would seek out a partnership with a professional lighting designer who is interested in providing a mentorship experience. Together they would apply to the Hemsley Mentorship Program by submitting a proposal. The student’s portion of the proposal would include a resume, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, a detailed description of the anticipated project and how it would assist in achieving the purpose of the applicant’s independent study, as well as a detailed budget itemizing costs, including transportation, if applicable, and living expenses for the proposed time period. The professional lighting designer would submit a letter of commitment stating that the proposal is one that the designer can fulfill as well as to sign-off on the proposal and budget.

The Hemsley Mentorship Program selection committee will review all proposals. A selected student would be matched with a Hemsley Lighting Programs board member who would monitor their professional progress and budget. At the end of the mentorship period, both student and lighting designer will write an evaluation of the experience.

Primary Application Deadlines: April 15th.
A Second Application Deadline for Winter and Spring Projects: October 15th.
Application Materials from both Student and Mentor should be submitted as a Bundled PDF Document.

Final Review
Following the conclusion of the mentorship, the student and the professional lighting designer will individually submit a description of the experience with guidelines to be provided by the Hemsley Lighting Programs including a final budget accounting.

Additional Notes
Previously selected Hemsley lighting interns are not eligible for the Hemsley Mentorship Program.
The Hemsley Mentorship Program may be used for academic credit at colleges and universities having an internship requirement for completion of their professional design degree.  If an applicant receives financial assistance from their academic program that would continue during the mentorship period, that income should be disclosed in the application.

For Further Information and to Email Completed Applications Please Contact:
Alan Adelman & Philip Rosenberg: