Alumnus receives a select journalism fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
May 10, 2011
Ben Waterhouse ’06 is one of 21 journalists awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater.
Waterhouse, who majored in English at Lewis & Clark, is assistant arts and culture editor at Willamette Week, a weekly newspaper in Portland. He attributes his career choice in large part to having written and performed in the theatre department’s semiannual festival of short plays, Once Upon a Weekend.
With his NEA fellowship, Waterhouse will participate in an intensive 11-day program at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism June 13-22.
Based in Los Angeles, the fellowship provides a total immersion experience for writers, editors, broadcasters, and online producers that includes attending as many as ten performances or rehearsals. Participants meet theater professionals, ranging from directors and administrators of L.A.’s primary theater companies to critics of national stature, who engage them individually for writing instruction and exercises. Professional sessions addressing changes in the media industry are offered and special attention is paid to multimedia skills and storytelling.
Read some of Waterhouse’s work in the Lewis & Clark Chronicle magazine: