CCT: Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship


The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship annually recognizes one exceptionally accomplished Connecticut arts administrator with a $2,500 award to be used for professional development activities.  To be eligible, administrators must be state residents employed by Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations (or involved in ongoing arts programs of nonprofit organizations, municipalities, colleges and universities).  Applicants must have at least seven years of professional arts administration experience, including three with their current organization.  Individuals must be full-time residents of the state. Administrators employed as consultants, contractors or subcontractors are not eligible to apply. Unpaid and volunteer staff members are also ineligible.

The 2015 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recipient is Emily Mattina, Artistic Director at Shakesperience Productions, Inc. in Waterbury. {Headshot of Emily Mattina}

Ms. Mattina hails from Lenox, Massachusetts, having availed herself of the rich cultural offerings in the Berkshires from an early age. Ms. Mattina earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Theater and an M.A. in 17th Century English Literature with an emphasis on Shakespeare from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. Ms. Mattina has worked as an actor, director, teaching artist, and arts administrator for companies and regional tours based in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, and New York.

The original founder of Shakesperience, Ms. Mattina auditions and hires actors and directors, directs performances and workshops, develops and manages the Residency Program Wing, and creates company literature. She has also developed the Shakesperience Approach through the many workshops and residency programs under her direction and she is the primary director for the touring performances of Shakespeare's plays. In addition to her work with Shakesperience, she has consulted and directed for youth theater companies in both New York and California, including PCPA Theatrefest and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and she is proudly listed on the Connecticut Commission Directory of Teaching Artists.

An incomplete list of the performances that Ms. Mattina has directed at Shakesperience and elsewhere include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, All in the Timing, All the Great Books (Abridged), Complete History of America (Abridged), Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (Abridged), Hamlet, Henry V, I Think I Can (Musical), Jerry Finnegan's Sister, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, Paper Bag Princess, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Robin Hood, Romeo & Juliet, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, The Prince & The Pauper, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Radium Girls and The Taming of the Shrew.

Additionally, Ms. Mattina consults with other nonprofit arts groups regarding collaboration, outreach, and positive company culture. Her Shakespeare Interactive Workshops are currently performed, under her direction, throughout central California for the fifth consecutive year. The New Haven Business Times has identified Ms. Mattina among the 2006 "Forty Under 40" for her professional success and community involvement in New Haven County.

Past Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recipients:

Important Note: COA is undertaking a strategic planning process over the next several months for our next 5-year Cultural Plan. As a result, the following award programs will be on hold during the upcoming funding cycle (Fiscal Year 2017).
  • Artist Fellowship Program

  • Elizabeth L .Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

For more information, contact
Rhonda F. Olisky at 860-256-2752 or


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