THE GAMM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Gamm Theatre welcomes a third cohort of emerging artists of color to its Gamm Fellowship Program. Starting with the program’s 2021-22 pilot year, the three fellows are recent graduates of the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI). The 10-month program in partnership with Rhode Island’s public institutions of higher education is a paid fellowship designed to provide an immersive experience in all areas of theater making, and establish mentoring relationships between aspiring and established theater professionals.
Over the course of The Gamm’s 2023-24 season, fellows will engage in all areas of creative, administrative, and educational theater making. Each also has been paired with an advanced career mentor who will provide guidance about making a living in the theater industry. Read the press release.
Tess Cruz graduated from the University of Rhode Island ('23) with a B.F.A. in theater and a subplan in stage management. She was the recipient of the department's medallion for academic excellence. At URI, Tess stage managed Into the Woods and Exit, Pursued by a Bear, as well as the 2022 URI Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony. Tess assistant stage managed several URI productions including The Radio Plays, The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic, and Twelfth Night. She also worked as a production manager, house manager, and charge artist. In the summer of 2022, she received a fellowship with URI's College of Arts and Sciences, serving as assistant production manager to the university's theater department through the summer of 2023. Tess is from from Highland Park, Illinois. Tess' mentor is Anaïs Bustos.
Mireya Celline Hoffens graduated from Community College of Rhode Island ('23) with an A.F.A. in theater performance. Previous roles with CCRI Players include Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra, Rosaline in Loves Labours Lost, and Popo in Clown Bar. For her performances as Yazmin Ortiz in Water by the Spoonful and Caroline Wales/Tallulah Bankhead in Something Cloudy, Something Clear she was twice nominated for an Irene Ryan Scholarship. Mireya has also worked off stage for Yellowman (assistant stage manager), Death Trap (assistant director), and Three Years from Thirty (props master). Other Credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arjuna/Krishna in Start Here at Wells College, and Young Anna in the short film The Promise by Elissa Parente. Mireya's mentor is Sophia Blum.
Jared Nobrega graduated with a B.A. in theater performance from Rhode Island College ('22), where he appeared in numerous productions including The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Much Ado About Nothing, Awake and Sing!, and Everyman. He directed Never the Sinner at RIC and, most recently, Twelfth Night for The Gamm's 2023 middle school summer camp. Jared's acting credits include The Squirrels and Witch at Burbage Theatre Company and As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Contemporary Theater Company. In addition to performing and directing, he is a teaching artist for The Gamm's education department which serves youth across the state. Jared is a native of Somerset, Mass. Jared's mentor is Steve Kidd.