For artists, creators, makers, entrepreneurs, revolutionaries, and idea-havers like you.
At FORGE, co-founded by Chie Morita + Greg Taubman, we believe that how you work matters just as much as why you create and what you want to make. And when we say “make” we believe the sky's the limit. Whether it’s a fresh product line, a much-needed service, an innovative design concept, an immersive restaurant pitch, a push for justice, a new script, a board game idea, or a sandwich for lunch, FORGE believes in the power of process, and in building the skills, systems, plans, and practices that will carry you through your life’s work as a creator.
Learn to articulate your work with gusto, concoct creative solutions to today’s conundrums, and retrofit your process with guidance from FORGE and leaders in your field. We welcome individual makers and small teams (of no more than three) at any point in your journey to spend six months (May through October) pursuing and achieving your vision of success. We prioritize process over project deadlines, and people over productivity. We invite folks from all backgrounds, lived experiences, and cultures of expression to join in functional friction to re-envision the givens, guidelines, and glee of creative work.
Together, we will nurture a new culture where confident creators actively challenge expectations, insist on what they need, rise up as each others’ generous champions, and ultimately, change the understanding of what we can do in the world.
You bring the spark. We light the FORGE.
December 1, 2022
January 22nd, 2023
Jan. 25- Feb. 17, 2023
March 1-10, 2023
April 4, 2023
May 1, 2022 - Oct 31, 2023
HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FORGE FELLOWSHIP :
Our process offers accomplices for accountability, actionable tools to create a solid foundation for the work, expertise from our combined 25 years of experience, and plenty of wisdom from inspiring changemakers around the world.
We pair bi-monthly touchpoints (like consultations and skill-building opportunities) with access to daily support systems (like a dedicated online hub and FORGE’s extensive suite of templates) to create a space for curiosity, commiseration, and celebration. Check out the working calendar below for more detail:
+ Orientation/Shareback/Mini Masterclass
+ 1st Consultation (closed) with FORGE + your Buddy
+ Fast Fuel | May 7th + 25th (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ Fast Fuel | June 11th + 22nd (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ 2nd Consultation (open) with FORGE + your Buddy
+ Fast Fuel | July 9th + 27th (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ Masterclass* (3hrs)
+ Fast Fuel | August 13th + 24th (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ 3rd Consultation (open) with FORGE + your Buddy
+ Fast Fuel | September 12th + 28th (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ Shareback + Feedback (Fellows + Invited Guests)
+ Fast Fuel | October 8th + 26th (pick one) | 11am - 6pm Eastern
+ Closing Ceremony
BRING YOUR SPARK. APPLY BELOW!
To apply, please submit the above application form.
It’s only a few questions long and could take you less than 30 minutes.
We know you have a lot of other things on your plate today.
Applications for 2023 FORGE Fellowships are accepted between December 1st, 2022 and January 22nd, 2023.
To be eligible for a 2023 FORGE Fellowship, please complete your application by January 22nd, 2023.
To preview the application questions for offline drafting, click here.
FORGE Fellowship applications are reviewed by a panel of artistic and entrepreneurial professionals.
Interviews with Chie + Greg will be conducted with semi-finalists before final selections are made.
To learn more about the panelist review criteria, click here.
I’m not based in New York. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! And we hope you will! The FORGE Fellowship is entirely online and open to engagement from anywhere in the world. Our 14 points of contact are mandatory, but we will work with you to ensure that you have access in consideration of your schedule, time zone, and lifestyle.
Can you tell me more about the application process and timeline?
Sure thing! After checking out our website, FAQ, and Q+A video, you will fill out our streamlined application (only a few questions!) by the application deadline. It goes to a panel of professional makers and entrepreneurs that will choose semi-finalists for FORGE by mid-February, 2023. Greg, Chie, and the panelists will host interviews with semi-finalists during the weeks of March 1-10th, and announce our Fellows on April 4th, 2023! The Fellowship will begin on May 1st, 2023 and run until October 31st, 2023.
And if I’m selected, what happens during those six-months?
In May, your FORGE Fellowship programming will officially begin!
You’ll have officially programmed touchpoints with FORGE twice per month, which will rotate between:
- 90-minute consulting sessions with Chie + Greg
- monthly seven-hour Fast Fuel Co-Working spaces
- and three-hour online events like Masterclasses, Salons, Sharebacks, Intensives, and more
And for the full six-months you’ll have access to Chie + Greg as your personal coaches and cheerleaders, and all of FORGE’s resources ready to support you as you chart your course and build your dreams. We’ll expect you to show up for all our programmed touchpoints, and stay actively engaged with FORGE and your Fellowship cohort in between. Once your Fellowship wraps in 2023, FORGE encourages you to stay in touch and will work to keep you connected with the FORGE community.
I thought the Fellowship was a year long. What changed?
You are correct! The first two cohorts (2021 + 2022) each lasted for a full calendar year. But as time went on, we found some Fellows struggled with a year-long commitment amid other opportunities and changes, and honestly, we did too! By halving the time commitment, we think we can create a more intensive experience that is easier to plan for, commit to, and thrive in. Not to mention a more sustainable program for us to run. All that being said, we don’t vanish after the Fellowship! Many Fellows have returned to us for further consultation, continued to attend Fast Fuel, and stayed a major part of our community, and we love that.
I’m not making Theater… can I still apply?
Please do! The FORGE Fellowship is for anyone with a creative spark looking for support. We’re into it if your vision is a book, a business, a burrito, or a better world. We want you to be engaging in your process and interested in developing your craft and process.
I don’t know exactly what I’m making next year … can I still apply?
Of course!! This Fellowship exists to support your growth in your craft, your career, your art, and your life. Whether you begin or complete a project during your Fellowship year is up to you and your process. This is not a project based opportunity.
Can I submit as a group, or just as myself?
This Fellowship is intended for individual makers and small teams (of no more than three). Please note that we do not provide additional resources for additional participants (i.e. the same consultation is available to an individual or a team of three, though your whole team is invited to attend).
How many Fellows do you accept in a year?
The 2023 FORGE Fellowship is designed to support eight Fellows (makers or teams).
How do you select your Fellows each year?
The FORGE Fellowship Selection Panel is made up of professional makers and entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skills. One panelist will always be a past panelist, so we can hold ourselves accountable to our own process. And one panelist will always be a past Fellow, so we can all benefit from an insider’s perspective. The panel reviews every application received before the deadline, paying special attention to the application’s cohesiveness and fit, as well as the applicant’s perspective and need. Semi-Finalists will be contacted for an interview with Greg, Chie, and a panel member before Final selections are made.
And who is FORGE again?
FORGE is a boutique consultancy and arts service organization founded by Chie Morita + Greg Taubman with the mission of helping makers of all kinds forge paths towards success. Since 2015 we’ve been helping companies and individuals assess their missions, build their budgets, get organized, and plan for the future, as well as hosting retreats and events to support career growth. You can learn more about FORGE, Chie, and Greg at www.forgenyc.org/about.
Here’s my concern: this field is rife with ‘developmental’ opportunities that exploit and undervalue creative workers, especially those from historically marginalized groups. What can you tell me about your Fellowship to set it apart from other programs that perpetuate systems of oppression?
We hear you, and we agree. Here’s what we have to say about it: the animating impulse for this Fellowship comes from a desire to dismantle those systems and provide individuals with the tools and training not only to make their work, but remake the way we collectively work. The only real source of the institutional and systemic changes that are so urgently needed comes not from statements of desire or belief, but substantive action. FORGE has--and will continue to--put its values into action, specifically for the Fellowship in the following ways:
We see the injustice inherent in the unpaid labor of filling out applications. We have made our application free and prioritized brevity in order to minimize the upfront investment of unpaid time.
We know that we carry internalized biases and preconceptions. We are assembling a diverse, representative, and independent panel to review these applications, compensating the panelists for their time, and building a firewall between us and their decision-making process to guard against our own internalized narratives.
We value representation in the Fellowship cohort. We are prioritizing the inclusion of different life experiences and perspectives within the cohort; different from each other and different from our own.
We recognize that the full complexity of being a person means navigating the overlapping demands of health, safety, family, community, and creativity, and we hold space for challenges and achievements Fellows face from within and beyond our program with kindness and care.
We understand that making an opportunity available is not enough; we must care for the safety and well-being of our participants. We aim to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive Fellowship by relying on our own training as space-makers and on curating the appropriate outside experts and workshop leaders for the cohort.
We reject scarcity and the exploitation of artists and makers. We are offering our entire suite of online resources and 30+ hours of personal real-time attention from Greg + Chie (market rate [linked to rate sheet]) at no additional cost to the Fellows. Experts and workshop leaders who contribute to Fellowship programming will be fully compensated for their services and time. Though we cannot at this time subsidize the technology or connectivity to take advantage of our resources, we intend the Fellowship to place no additional financial burdens on the part of the Fellows. We pledge to make financial stipends available to FORGE Fellows by 2024.
We are here to serve the Fellows through our tools and expertise; we do not view their identities, activities, and experiences as existing for our benefit. Other than the initial announcement of the accepted Fellows, we will not feature any Fellow or their work on our public platforms without prior informed consent from that Fellow.
We know we do not have all the answers and that we will always be learning. We empower and expect the Fellows and the community to hold us accountable to our values and standards, both through established systems of complaint and redress, as well as other public or informal forums. We will meet feedback with respect, humility, and curiosity, understanding that the person naming a harm bears no responsibility for further explaining that harm.
Ok, let’s say that, as a Fellow, I have super specific questions like “can you look over my pitch deck?”...
That’s precisely what our work is dedicated to. We’d be happy to give you real-time feedback on a project at a Fast Fuel or during one of our consulting sessions, or asynchronously online. Your suite of resources will also include templates and ideation exercises to help you get a fresh perspective on your work.
Ok, let’s say that, as a Fellow, I have super huge questions like “does my art even matter anymore?”...
That’s also precisely what our work is dedicated to. We know our Fellows are whole people, and we are always happy to dive into conversations no mater how dark, dreamy, or existential.
I’m craving accountability, but I’m also afraid I might feel like I’m “failing” by missing deadlines or something like that. Can you speak to this?
We hear you, friend. As much as we might want to, we won’t be able to conquer all our mean voices in six months. But, we can offer some tips and tricks to help. We will do our best to suggest actionable goals to conquer, ask about strategy when a list looks a bit too long, or help build measurable metrics for success. We will also encourage you to nap and be kind to yourself. Together, let’s make goals to “research and apply to one residency a month” instead of “apply to all the residencies so I can get some”. And let’s remember that while we encourage proactive work over reactive work, we know sometimes we will need to react. By building a more proactive process, let’s make more space for choice and grace.
I actually couldn’t find my question here. Can we talk?
We’d be happy to talk more with you about the FORGE Fellowship, your projects, or your goals! If you would like to connect through words, you can email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com or DM us on Instagram @forge_nyc. You can also watch our new Q+A video which might offer some answers! And if you want to connect face-to-face, join us at a Fast Fuel or book a 30-min FREE consultation to ask us anything that’s on your mind.
Still have questions? Click below to watch our 15-minute Q+A Video!
After this was recorded we extended the application deadline to January 22nd.
* denotes required questions
First order of business:
How did you hear about our Fellowship?*
Are you applying as a:
Now, tell us a little about yourself.
What’s your full name?*
What are your pronouns?*
What is the best phone number for us to contact you?*
What is your email address?*
Where are you in the world? (City, State, Country)*
[For Small Teams:]
Who else is on your team? (Name, Pronouns)
Now let’s go a little deeper.
What's your (or your team's) mission statement?* (Limit 200 words)
Your mission is the heart and soul articulation of who you are as a maker. FORGE loves mission statements that offer a tiny experience of what it’s like to work with you.
What do you make?* (Limit 200 words)
How do you identify as a creator?
What does a successful Fellowship look like to you?* (Limit 200 words)
The easiest way to succeed is to define success. What goals do you have for a year as a FORGE Fellow?
How do you hope a FORGE Fellowship will impact your work, life, and process? (Limit 200 words)
Of the following topics, which would you be most excited to learn about? (Select 2?)
Mindfulness and Making Money
Finance as Narrative: Budgeting your Values
Pitching from your Power
Spacemaking for Collaboration and Growth
Marshaling a Mission-Driven Team
Who’s in Your Crowd: Community Outreach and Market Development
Cash Flow Plumbing: Identifying and Building Funding Streams
Branding for the Arts
Being an Artreprenuer: Tools for Starting and Managing a Small Business
Practice What You Preach: Art as Social Justice
Deciding/Preparing to Become A 501c3
Anti-Racist Arts: Where To Begin and How To Stay Hopefull
Boundaries for Abundance: How To Thrive By Saying “No.”
And finally, three last confirmations and a little bonus
Having reviewed the Fellowship page on the FORGE website + Fellowship FAQ + Q+A video, I feel confident I understand the details of a FORGE Fellowship, and am ready to make the commitment from May 1st, 2023 through October 31st, 2023 if I am selected!
If you need to take another look, open here in another tab.
I understand that the FORGE Fellowship is a six-month-long engagement bookmarked by 14 points of contact and that my attendance at all of them and active participation in between are mandatory requirements to receive this Fellowship.
I am ready to assert my value as a maker in new ways, arrive open to creative collision, and scout my expansiveness.
Anything else you want to tell us?
Do you have an incredible immigration story? Do you know where all the best museums in Stockholm are? Can you sing the national anthem backwards while accompanying yourself on the kazoo? Tell us everything.
Panelist Criteria + Process
Our selection panel will consist of three (3) to five (5) professional makers and entrepreneurs –chosen for their expertise, diversity in practice and medium, and accomplishments in their field– who will review all applications, as well as help with the interview process and final selections. For our inaugural Fellowship, panelists will be selected by FORGE with the aim to represent the diversity of our applicant pool. Chie + Greg will not serve as Panelists but will conduct interviews with the panelists.
In reviewing applications, panelists will consider the following criteria:
Does the applicant present a powerful mission or approach to their work that interests and excites the panel? Does the applicant seem passionate about and invested in their creative work?
Does the applicant’s work fit their mission statement? Do you feel a strong investment from the applicant towards their stated measures of success?
Will a FORGE Fellowship contribute to the maker's professional growth and career advancement? Is a FORGE Fellowship a good fit for the applicant at this time?
FORGE is seeking Fellows with diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and modes of expression. How will the applicant’s perspective contribute to the wider cohort?
All applications receive equal consideration through a three-round review process (Initial Screening, Panel review and FORGE Interview):
Round One: Initial Screening
Chie + Greg will review all applications for completeness. In the event an application seems incomplete, FORGE may reach out to the applicant before sending the application to the panelists.
Round Two: Panel Review
Panelists will be asked to consider the application text only. They will not be asked to visit additional websites or social media channels, or consider materials beyond those submitted by the applicant. However, they may bring their personal experience to the table if they have experienced any work by the maker, after disclosing this experience with the panel. Panelists will select up to thirty (30) applicants to advance to Round Three, the interview. All applicants will be notified if they will be receiving an interview by March 1st, 2023.
Round Three: Interview
Up to thirty (30) applicants will be asked to schedule an interview over Zoom between March 1st and March 10th, 2023. An interview is mandatory to receive a FORGE Fellowship. Interviews will be scheduled for 45 minutes each, which includes time for finalists to ask FORGE any questions they may have. The panelists and FORGE will then select up to eight (8) Fellowship recipients. Once the selections have been made, Chie + Greg will make Fellowship offers the week of March 21st, 2023.
After selections have been made, all applicants not selected will receive written feedback from the panelists, via an email from FORGE. If you wish to discuss your application, interview, or feedback, please book a free 30-minute feedback session with FORGE before May 1st, 2023, or visit us at Fast Fuel anytime!
FORGE has pledged to make financial stipends available to FORGE Fellows within three years, at that time, Finalists who do not receive a Fellowship will also receive an honorarium for their time.
2023 SELECTION Panel
Daura Campos (she/her/hers) Daura Campos is a Brazilian self-taught, multidisciplinary artist based in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Merging photography, painting, moving-image, sculpture, and performance, I create work that honors the experiences of sexual and gender minorities. Daura is a 2022 FORGE and The Alternative Art School fellow, she was a convener at the 2021 Hemi Convergence by the New York University (NYU) and the University of Chicago (UChicago). Daura has exhibited her photographic work at the Analog Film Photography Association, Orlando, FL (2022), Gallery 44, Toronto, ON (2022), Experimental Photo Festival, Barcelona, ES (2021), and others. It was also displayed on billboards in Times Square, NY (2021), Los Angeles, CA (2021), Chicago, IL (2021), and Toronto, ON (2021). Her moving-image work was screened in South and North America at the Museum of Art of Pereira, Pereira, Colombia (2021), the Avant Garde Cultural Center, Bogotá, Colombia (2021), at the No Nation Art Lab, Chicago, IL (2021), and others.
Brea Clemons (she/her/hers) graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in stage management with an emphasis in nonprofit administration. In 2014, she began her professional career in the arts and started as an assistant stage manager on a production of A Year with Frog & Toad at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City and went on to stage manage over 40 productions all over the Midwest. Some of the companies she's worked for include The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Beijing Normal Experimental Dance Company, and Music Theatre Kansas City. Brea relocated to New York City and began a career in administration that included being the Assistant Director of Operations at Abramson Brothers Inc, a commercial real estate investments firm, the Development Coordinator for Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Programs Manager at IndieSpace. Brea recently joined the team at Spiegelworld, a live entertainment and hospitality company, as the Internal Events Manager. Here she supports the People & Culture team by spearheading internal events and developing EDIA policies and practices. Brea continues her work in the indie theater community through service on the IndieSpace board and the Curation Team at Theater In Asylum. In her free time, you can find her redecorating her apartment, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, or cuddling with her schnoodle, Harriet Tubman.
David E. Shane (he/him/his) is the Director of Program Services for A.R.T./New York where he where he sets the strategic vision and goals for a robust suite of programs serving more than 470 of New York’s nonprofit theaters and a growing number of individual members, currently more than 120, who occupy a diverse set of roles within the field. Since joining the organization in early 2019, David has overseen legacy programs such as workshops, roundtables, and a pro-bono consulting program, as well as the development of new adaptive programming such as a theatre-specific Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Prior to joining A.R.T./New York, David held positions as the Program Director for StageSource in Boston, MA and Associate Artistic Director of the Bristol Valley Theater in Upstate, NY where he oversaw the funding and launch of the BVT New Works Initiative. He is also a freelance director specializing in the development and production of new work for the American stage. www.davideshane.com
Phillip Christian Smith (he/him/his) is a 2022 Fire This Time Festival Playwright, a 2022 Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee, 2021 O’Neill (NPC) Finalist, 2020-21 Playwrights Realm Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, Winter Playwrights Retreat, two-time Blue Ink Playwriting Award Semi-Finalist, Finalist for The Dramatists Guild Fellowship and New Dramatists, Finalist and Semi-finalist PlayPenn, Two time Semi-finalist for The O’Neill (NPC), and runner- up in The Theatre of Risk Modern Tragedy writing competition for his play The Chechens, fourth production at Pace University directed by the playwright fall 2022. He has been a semi-finalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries (ASC), semifinalist for Barrington Stage’s Burman New Play Award, finalist for Trustus, former Playwright in Residence Exquisite Corpse and founding member of The Playwriting Collective. Current Co-Literary Director of Exquisite Corpse Company. His work has been supported by Quicksilver, Bennington College, Primary Stages (Cherry Lane) ESPA, Fresh Ground Pepper, and the 53rd Street New York Public Library. MFA Yale School of Drama, BFA University of New Mexico. MFA Hunter ’23. Phillip teaches acting at Pace University and is currently working on a Roe Green Commission with The Cleveland Playhouse.
Amanda Wenger (she/her/hers) Amanda Wenger is a Houston-based writer, performer, and former FORGE Fellow with a background in critical care nursing. She has designed and facilitated writing workshops for health professionals as an artist in residence for Baylor College of Medicine Medical Humanities and is the recipient of a 2022 Elizabeth George Foundation grant to finish a first novel. Amanda is a former Writers’ League of Texas Fellow and will serve on the Writers’ League of Texas Board of Directors beginning in 2023.