Our Emerging Artists Program

2021-2022 Applications are NOW OPEN!
Deadline to Apply: September 27


The Braid’s NEXT Emerging Artist Program is a unique and groundbreaking paid fellowship that provides professional development, networking opportunities and a platform to Jewish directors, writers, actors, marketing specialists, filmmakers, and other creatives in their 20s and 30s. Each year, a group of six to eight new artists is selected through an application process to serve in a cohort that works together over a nine-month period to create a Salon Theatre production.

NEXT has supported 33 paid fellowships who have engaged 238 emerging artists in creating new work. Click Here to view our alumni.

If you are an emerging artist and would like to get involved, please email NEXT Producer Andrew Fromer:

What recent Fellows have said:

“The NEXT Fellowship is a rare opportunity — in Los Angeles, an artist gets thrown into the deep end to sink or swim. The nurturing and respect we receive at the Braid allows us to become the best versions of our artist selves.”

“It is invaluable as an emerging artist to have programs that guide in the creation of art, not just praise work that has already been completed. In this way, this fellowship allows us to grow and learn in a supportive environment guided by experts in their craft. That each fellow is invited to stretch their skills and to share our strengths with others, makes for a collaborative, enriching environment that is hard to find elsewhere.”

Pushing the Boundaries

We work with artists from all mediums to push our storytelling into the digital space! Here is a filmed piece from our 2019 salon, The Way Home…

Where Jewish Artists Collaborate

Hear from our 2018/19 cohort on the AudioNosh Podcast! What happens when you bring together the next generation of Jewish theatre artists under one roof?


Hear what audiences, writers, past and present Fellows, and contributing artists have to say about NEXT!

Here’s more of what Fellows have appreciated:

“NEXT is important for the arts because young artists need to see how art institutions are working and to understand where they came from to be able to move forward and create our own art more effectively.”
-Vicki, 2016-2018 Fellow and Digital Producer Consultant

“…I most appreciated that everyone got to have a voice in this group.”
-Devan, 2017-2018 Fellow

“NEXT has informed me what’s really important about storytelling.”
-Chelsea, 2016-2017 Fellow and Actor in 2018

“I think trying to figure out your identity within your community and being able to incorporate art within that, it helps me to figure out who I am.”
-Daphna, 2016-2018 Fellow and now Artistic Associate of The Braid

“In the arts so often our peers are our competitors, here it was so refreshing they were my collaborators”
-Sarah, 2017-2018 Fellow

Have some questions?
Contact our NEXT Program Coordinator Andrew Fromer

We don’t just make live theater! Check out some of NEXT’s videos below and be sure to SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST, co-created and conceived by NEXT fellows…

Wondering what folks are feeling guilty about?

Thank you so much to our most recent group of incredible partners!

This program is generously supported by grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los County Department of Arts and Culture, and Erwin Rautenberg Foundation. We are also grateful for generous support from Gail Solo and seed funding from Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Erwin Rautenberg Foundation, Dennis Schuman Charitable Foundation, Y & S Nazarian Initiative and NuRoots, programs of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

NEXT Alumni

David Chiu
(current Braid Marketing & Communications Manager)

Daphna Shull
(current NEXT Literary Manager)

Andrew Fromer
(current NEXT Producer)

Leenie Baker

Lisa Cirincione

Amirose Eisenbach

Vanessa Espino

Abbe Meryl Feder
(inaugural NEXT Producer)

Amanda Horowitz

Judith Goldstein

Sophie Stern Greenbaum

Julie Gumpert

Julie Lanctot

Zak Lempert

Devan Liljedahl

Chelsea London Lloyd