Welcome to The Drama League Application Portal!

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in the artistic programs offered by The Drama League.  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, detailed below.


Before applying, please read thoroughly all of the opportunities available for stage directors on our FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCIES pages, or our opportunities for high school students at NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES.


The applications for The Drama League 2020 Directing Fellowships and Directing Residencies are now closed. Applications for the 2021 Fellowships and Residencies will open in August/September 2020.


Winter 2020 Applications are now open. 


If you have any questions, please email: education@dramaleague.org

The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for diversity, anti-racist practice, and the full inclusion of artists of color and disability in our programs.  We aim to provide 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, Artistic Director

Nilan Johnson, Associate Artistic Director

Ali Skye Bennet, Artistic Line Producer

Patrick Surillo, Artistic Coordinator

New Visions/New Voices (NV/NV) is a rigorous after-school theatre training program for New York City metropolitan area high school students.
It is the only after-school program in the nation to exclusively focus on the techniques of stage direction as the lens into exploration -- empowering students with creative skills, personal agency and leadership techniques to discover, trust, speak, and amplify their personal voice and vision. Working with professional actors and directors as teachers, the lessons learned during NV/NV can spark future career interest in theatre, film/television, creative industries, or non-artistic professions -- law, medicine, marketing, politics, science, and more -- where the tools are directly applicable and essential.
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 gives the student the power and ability to critically analyze and respond to multiple perspectives. Through understanding the power of perspective, one can influence and meaningfully impact a community and the world at large.
Across ten weeks, students will be in conversation with theatre professionals from Broadway and Off-Broadway, learning techniques and exercises to envision and stage scenes, explore concepts around personal points of view, and attend performances across several cultural practices (visual art, theatre, film, etc.). This immersion broadens and refines their own aesthetics, while "pulling back the curtain" on the realities of a career in the cultural sector.
During the final weeks of the program, students 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 is presented on the last day of class.
New Visions/New Voices is made possible by a generous grant from The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.

- Meet, Speak and Work with professional directors and directors
- Visit art galleries, Off-Broadway, Broadway, etc.
- Learn directorial techniques/exercises
- Learn about career paths inside (and outside) the arts
- Strengthen public speaking skills
- Learn time management skills
- Learn how to lead a team
- Learn techniques on how to manifest/articulate your artistic visions

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 the entire session below (mass transportation is provided):


Classes - Every Wednesday from March 4, 2020 – April 29, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm

An invited showing of the scenes the students are working on will be on April 29, 2020 at 7pm.

Mandatory rehearsals will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 & April 25, 2020 from 10-6pm. A meal will be provided. 

Performances - the dates of the performances that the class will attend are TBA, but please note that the class will have the opportunity to go to up to 3 performances, usually with curtains at 7pm or 8pm. The shows will be scheduled after a class day only. 

To participate, students will have to turn in sign approval from their parent/guardian once offered a spot in the program.

Extended Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

For questions or concerns please contact Nilan, Associate Artistic Director at njohnson@dramaleague.org or 212-244-9494 x116

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