Welcome to
The Drama League Application Portal!

Below, you will find the applications for The Drama League's fellowships, residencies, educational programs, and more.  Applications are accepted at various times each year (see below)

Exact application dates and deadlines will be announced on our website and social media channels each year.  Please check back frequently, as new programs are opening applications all the time!

INSTRUCTIONS

Next to each application is a button titled "More", which will give you detailed information on the specific opportunities available with that particular program.  We urge you to read them fully to discover which opportunities are right for you.

FELLOWSHIPS
Applications Open: Late Fall/Early Winter
Application Deadline: Late Winter

For Fellowships, there is one universal applcation fee, which lets you apply to as many of the fellowships as you wish. Once you have opened an account and paid for your first application, you will receive private links to all other 2018 Drama League Fellowship Applications.  If you wish to apply to other fellowship programs, please use these private links and no additional fees will be charged.

RESIDENCIES
Applications Open: September
Application Deadline: November (Check Website For Updates)

For Residencies, each application has its own fee except for the Fourth Friday ART+PARTY, which is free.

If you have any questions, please email:
residency@dramaleague.org (for Residency and Fellowships)
education@dramaleague.org (for educational programs)

We are happy to help you in preparing the perfect application!

The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the full inclusion of artists of color and of disability in all our programs.  We aim to achieve full inclusion in all our programs, providing opportunities for directors to tell their stories, so that we make a theater that truly reflects the society in which we live; where each artist is considered on his/her merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from authentic and diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity can be celebrated.  To this end, the Drama League actively encourages and seeks applications from directors of all communities, especially those that have traditionally been denied equitable opportunities.  The Drama League does not and shall not discriminate, and will take affirmative actions to ensure against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Warmly,

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director
Travis LeMont Ballenger, Associate Producer
Sherri Eden Barber, Program Director
Nilan Johnson, Education Manager


New Visions/New Voices

MISSION

In 2017, The Drama League launched a new educational program for New York high school students. New Visions/New Voices (NV/NV), a rigorous theatre training program designed to supplement theatre education in schools. NV/NV is offered at no cost to the student. NV/NV takes place after school at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca. 

NV/NV introduces students with an interest in the professional theatre industry to the myriad of roles within the sector, giving them the opportunity to make an informed choice before committing to a career path. 

PROGRAM

NV/NV strives to give the student the power and ability to critically analyze and respond to multiple perspectives.  Through the understanding of the power of perspective, one can influence their community and the world at large. 

Across ten weeks, students will be in conversation with theatre professionals, learning directorial techniques and exercises to help manifest their visions, engage in conversation about strengthening their personal point of views, and attend shows across several practices (visual art, theatre, film, etc.). This broadens and refine their own artistic perspectives and aesthetics, and explores the potential of theatre as a future career.

During the final two weeks of the program, students will begin rehearsing scenes from a play with professional actors under the guidance of a Master Directing Teacher. A workshop presentation of the directorial work of the student body will be presented on the last day of class.

PRACTICUM

-          Meet and Speak with professional directors

-          Visit art galleries, off-broadway, Broadway, etc.

-          Work on scenes with professional actors

-          Learn various directorial techniques/exercises

ELIGIBILITY

This program is open to all New York City resident high school students across the five boroughs.

Students must be able to commit to coming to either session below:

*Session #1: Every Wednesday from January 3 – March 7, 2017

*Session #2: Every Thursday from February 22 – April 26, 2017

*The last two Saturdays of the program are rehearsal days for the workshop presentation.

To participate students will have to turn in sign approval from their parent/guardian. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications can be found at (it is free to apply):

https://dramaleague.submittable.com/submit/93358/2017-18-application-new-visions-new-voices

Applications are open: September 12, 2017

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017 at midnight EST

Applicants will be notified: December 15, 2017

CONTACT

For questions or concerns please contact Nilan Johnson, Arts Education Manager education@dramaleague.org or 212-244-9494 x116

Ends on November 17, 2017

Thank you for your interest in The Drama League's newest residency initiative, the Fourth Friday ART+PARTY.  This residency is open to both theatre directors and visual artists; either can apply using this form.

The Fourth Friday ART+PARTY is a gathering of worlds...bringing the visual arts and theatre together to inspire each other as we create and share new work.  During each monthly ART+PARTY:

A chosen theater DIRECTOR will be in residence at The Drama League Theater Center for seven hours, to work on a section of any theatrical work they wish to develop.  The day may be spent rehearsing a play in pre-production, workshopping a new idea, or experimenting with an unwieldy moment in an existing work.  Meanwhile...

A VISUAL ARTIST will also be given time at The Drama League Theater Center, including a prime location to display a signature work and/or time to create in the space. And then...

The two works will converge at the ART+PARTY that evening, which will include a showing of both works to an invited audience of theatre and art professionals, with opportunities for an artists' discussion. Music, beverages, and feedback-friendly mingling will cap off this experiment in multi-artist, multidisciplinary artmaking.  

Fourth Friday ART+PARTY is also a PARTY…drink, dance, laugh, enjoy, with art as our common connective tissue.  It is a place to meet other artists and art supporters, to experiment, to question notions of form, structure, collaboration, and even the very idea of what it means to be an artist in 2017.  It is ever-evolving, and can be whatever you wish it to be...

For more detailed information about each of the specific residencies, please visit the Residencies Page. If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please email residency@dramaleague.org to discuss options in depth. We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about your work!

Ends on November 17, 2017$12.00
$12.00

Hello!  Thank you for your interest in applying to The Drama League's IMPACT RESIDENCY.This residency is exclusively for directors who work as part of an ensemble company that create performance-based work (theatre, performance art, etc.) using a devised methodology. 

The residency gives the director and her/his/their collaborators the time, space, and resources to create a new devised work.  A partnership with the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Queens, the residency offers:

REHEARSAL SPACE: Up to 120 hours of rehearsal and up to 30 hours of tech time at LPAC.

WORKSHOP STIPEND: The director will receive $10,000, which can be used to cover workshop expenses.

PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive periodic mentorship from LPAC and Drama League artistic staff.

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS: The work will receive full tech work-in-progress showing at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center to conclude the residency.  There is also the possibility of staging the premiere of the work at LPAC. 

For more detailed information about this and other residencies, please visit the Residencies Page. If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please email residency@dramaleague.org to discuss options in depth.  We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about your work!

Ends on November 17, 2017$12.00
$12.00

Hello!  Thank you for your interest in applying for the NEXT STAGE RESIDENCY. This program has changed significantly this year; please read this entire description before applying.

NEXT STAGE seeks to deeply engage directors and provide the necessary tools to advance their careers. We work to provide a process-oriented home for a theater director for one year, giving them space, time, and financial resources to grow and deepen their creative processes.  This residency includes:

RESIDENCY SPACE: A fixed number of hours of complimentary rehearsal space, to be used over the course of one year.  (In 2017, artists received between 15 and 40 hours of rehearsal space, based on the needs of their projects.)

RESIDENCY STIPEND: A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded.  (In 2017, stipends ranged between $1000 and $3500, based on the needs of their projects.)

PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive mentorship from the Drama League Artistic Staff.

While we ask for the residents to apply with a specific project in mind that will be developed as part of their residency, NEXT STAGE is invested in the individual director, not one specific project. We understand that, over the course of a year, a director may have multiple pieces in different stages of development. We, therefore, do not limit the residency to only one project; the residency will follow the genius of the director and allow them to dictate their needs. At the beginning of the residency, The Drama League will work with each director to construct a residency calendar of activities supported, in part, by the stipend; the director may choose to supplement the stipend with funds raised elsewhere, if they wish.

For more detailed information about this residency, please visit the Residencies Page.  If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please email residency@dramaleague.org to discuss options in depth.  We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about you work!

Ends on November 17, 2017$12.00
$12.00

Hello!  Thank you for your interest in applying to The Drama League's Beatrice Terry Residency Program. 

The Beatrice Terry Residency is designed exclusively for women or women-identified artists who both write AND direct their own work. It is not intended for a director who would like to write a play, or for a writer who has never directed...but rather, someone who identifies a place in both disciplines professionally. The residency includes:

REHEARSAL SPACE: up to a maximum 29 hours of rehearsal in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

WORKSHOP STIPEND: A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded. Amounts awarded are determined by the selection committee; in 2015 the BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY received $3500.  Applicants will be notified of the amount of the stipend before committing to the residency.

PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive periodic mentorship from Drama League staff.

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS: The work will receive an in-progress showings at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

For more detailed information about each of the specific residencies, please visit the Residencies Page. If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please email residency@dramaleague.org to discuss options in depth.  We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about your work!

Ends on November 17, 2017$12.00
$12.00

Hello!  Thank you for your interest in applying to The Drama League's First Stage Residency Program. 

Designed for directors at the very beginning of a new project, the FIRST STAGE RESIDENCY is intended for an initial exploration or investigation of an idea, concept, and/or early pages for a new play, musical, performance piece, or devised work.  

The piece should not have been previously workshopped or developed elsewhere, and should ideally be near the beginning of its creative journey.  (If your project has been developed elsewhere already, we recommend you consider the NEXT STAGE RESIDENCY instead.)

The FIRST STAGE RESIDENCY includes:  

REHEARSAL SPACE: 10 hours for rehearsal and experimentation in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

RESIDENCY STIPEND: A stipend of $200 for developmental expenses related to the residency.

For more detailed information about each of the specific residencies, please visit the Residencies Page. If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please call (212) 244-9494 to discuss options in depth.  We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about your work!