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!


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.

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.

Applications Open: September
Application Deadline: November 17th at Midnight.

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.


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

New Visions/New Voices


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. 


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.


-          Meet and Speak with professional directors

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

-          Work on scenes with professional actors

-          Learn various directorial techniques/exercises

-          Learn how to pursue a career in directing


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 (transportation is provided):

*Session #1: Every Wednesday from January 3 – March 7, 2018, 4-7pm

*Session #2: Every Thursday from February 22 – April 26, 2018, 4-7pm

*The last two Saturdays of the program are rehearsal days (10-6pm) for the workshop presentation.

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


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


Applications are open: September 12, 2017

Application Deadline Extended: December 1, 2017, at midnight EST

Applicants will be notified: December 15, 2017


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