Eugene O’Neill Theater Center seeking vocalists for 2024 Cabaret Fellows program

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for its 2024 Cabaret Fellows program. Applications will remain open until Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 11:59pm PST.

The Cabaret Fellows program is a part of the annual Cabaret & Performance Conference, which brings some of the biggest names in cabaret theater to perform on the O’Neill’s seaside campus and provides development opportunities for students and up-and-coming performers. The 2024 program will be held July 31-August 10 with arrival on July 30 and departure on August 11. 

Selected fellows refine their skills and stage presence through classes and one-on-one coachings that cover song selection, ear training, mic technique, harmony, group dynamics, and more. Fellows perform on the open mic stage and appear as openers for the Conference’s headliners, and they take the stage as part of their own group show during the O’Neill’s summer season. 

Led by Grammy and Emmy Award-winner John McDaniel, the Conference’s Artistic Director, the 2024 faculty includes master teachers Natalie Douglas and Lennie Watts and music directors Mark Hartman, Tracy Stark, and Jon Weber. Guest artists teaching workshops and participating in talkbacks include Betty Buckley, Barb Jungr, and Bryan Eng. Fellows will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from many other yet-to-be-announced professional artists performing on the O’Neill mainstage.

“We are excited to open up the application process for our 2024 Fellows program,” McDaniel said. “Alumni of the program have gone on to create work in Cabaret rooms all over the world. Fellows who are selected to join us in August at the O'Neill get the opportunity to work with world class instructors non-stop for the 10 days of the conference - boot camp Cabaret for sure!”

Each applicant will be asked to provide videos of two contrasting performance samples, which highlight their voice and style in addition to an outline of their goals and objectives for the program.

Cabaret Fellows tuition is $3,500, which includes six hours of classes daily, performance opportunities on both the mainstage and during open mic evenings, tickets to evening mainstage shows, housing on the O’Neill campus, and all meals for the duration of the program. If applicants would require financial assistance in order to attend this program, they may apply for a need-based scholarship through the application form.

Applications can be submitted at Thanks to the generosity of several of the O’Neill’s dedicated Cabaret supporters, the application fee is waived for this program. More information about the Cabaret & Performance Conference and the Cabaret Fellows program is available at
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About the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
The Launchpad of the American Theater, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. Founded in 1964, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.