Welcome to The Drama League Application Portal!

Thank you for your interest in the programs offered by The Drama League.



DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS

Open To Early-Career and Mid-Career Stage Directors

Applications for the Drama League Directing Fellowships are closed; applications will reopen in Fall 2022 for the FutureNow Directing Fellowships, and in Fall 2023 for all other Fellowships.  Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and our Applicant F.A.Q. at dramaleague.org.  There are three Fellowship programs, with three separate applications and processes: The Stage Directing Fellowships, The FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships, and the Film and Television Directing Fellowships.  The application fee for each Fellowship Program supports our ability to process applications with this technology; however, fee waivers are available for those encountering this as a barrier to application by emailing artistic@dramaleague.org.


DIRECTING RESIDENCIES

Open To Early-Career and Mid-Career Stage Directors

Applications for the 2022 Drama League Directing Residencies opened November 22, 2021 and will close on February 11, 2022.  Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and our Applicant F.A.Q. at dramaleague.org.  There are two Residency programs, with separate applications and processes: The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency and the Next Stage Directing Residency.  The application fee for each Residency Program is $20, which supports our ability to process applications with this technology; however, fee waivers are available for those encountering this as a barrier to application by emailing artistic@dramaleague.org.


DIRECTING ASSISTANTSHIPS

Open To Early-Career Stage Directors

Applications for the 2022 Drama League Directing Assistantships are closed; the 2023 Assistantships will have applications open in Fall 2022.  Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and our Applicant F.A.Q. at dramaleague.org.  The application fee supports our ability to process applications with this technology; however, fee waivers are available for those encountering this as a barrier to application by emailing artistic@dramaleague.org.


The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for diversity, anti-racist practice, and the full inclusion in our programs of artists who are Black, Indigenous, Latine (Latino/Latina), AAPI (Asian-American/Pacific Islander), MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian), Biracial, Mixed-Race, People of Color, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA2+.  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. 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.


Warm Regards,

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director

Nilan, Associate Artistic Director

Ali Skye Bennet, Artistic Line Producer

Patrick Anthony Surillo, Artistic Coordinator


IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY

The Drama League Directing Residencies are designed to support the interrogative process of a director creating theater or other work that includes live performance.  The residencies offer financial support for a developmental process, rehearsal and administrative space, dramaturgical/mentor support from The Drama League artistic staff, and the opportunity to present the findings of the process publicly.  The Drama League is not and will not be the producer of the project, nor of any public or private event in conjunction with this residency; the recipient is responsible for all production, contracting/hiring, or other needs in this regard.

The Drama League recently altered and expanded its Directors Project programming, and each has its own application and area of focus.  We strongly encourage you to read about them in depth before beginning any of the six applications. by visiting the following pages:

  • The Drama League Stage Directing Fellowships
  • The Drama League FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships
  • The Drama League Film and Television Directing Fellowships
  • The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency* 
  • The Next Stage Directing Residency (this application)
  • The Drama League Directing Assistantships*

*The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency is intended to support female-identifying directors and/or directors who identify as transgender or non-binary. More information can be found at the above links.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three non-collegiate productions.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in any university undergraduate or graduate degree program during the program's period of support.
  • Please make sure that you are fully committed to participating in the program as your personal priority BEFORE applying.  Applicants must be available for all program components during the program period without exception. This means that applicants cannot participate in other career development programs, fellowships, residencies, or other opportunities during this time window.  Conflicts with the program components will result in the cancelation of those components, without being rescheduled, and a reduction in the program.
  • Please review the program schedule to ensure that program components do not conflict with your planned directing work.  Applicants may have directing commitments during the program period, which The Drama League supports.  Conflicts with the program component timeline, however, will result in the cancelation of those components and a reduction in the program, without being rescheduled.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Please see our Eligibility F.A.Q. page for details to determine your eligibility for this program.  We understand that every individual comes to directing on their own individual path; to speak with Drama League staff about your specific experience and its appropriateness for this opportunity, please email artistic@dramaleague.org with your questions.

If a candidate feels they fall outside the bounds of these guidelines and chooses to apply, it is hoped they will note this in the application and address the reasons they've applied in their answers to the narrative questions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY 

The Drama League Directing Residencies are designed to support the interrogative process of a director creating theater or other work that includes live performance.  The residencies offer financial support for a developmental process, rehearsal and administrative space, dramaturgical/mentor support from The Drama League artistic staff, and the opportunity to present the findings of the process publicly.  The Drama League is not and will not be the producer of the project, nor of any public or private event in conjunction with this residency; the recipient is responsible for all production, contracting/hiring, or other needs in this regard.

The Drama League recently altered and expanded its Directors Project programming, and each has its own application and area of focus.  We strongly encourage you to read about them in depth before beginning any of the six applications. by visiting the following pages:

  • The Drama League Stage Directing Fellowships 
  • The Drama League FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships
  • The Drama League Film and Television Directing Fellowships
  • The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency* (this application)
  • The Next Stage Directing Residency
  • The Drama League Directing Assistantships*

*The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency is intended to support female-identifying directors and/or directors who identify as transgender or non-binary. More information can be found at the above links.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three non-collegiate productions.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in any university undergraduate or graduate degree program during the program's period of support.
  • Please make sure that you are fully committed to participating in the program as your personal priority BEFORE applying.  Applicants must be available for all program components during the program period without exception. This means that applicants cannot participate in other career development programs, fellowships, residencies, or other opportunities during this time window.  Conflicts with the program components will result in the cancelation of those components, without being rescheduled, and a reduction in the program.
  • Please review the program schedule to ensure that program components do not conflict with your planned directing work.  Applicants may have directing commitments during the program period, which The Drama League supports.  Conflicts with the program component timeline, however, will result in the cancelation of those components and a reduction in the program, without being rescheduled.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Please see our Eligibility F.A.Q. page for details to determine your eligibility for this program.  We understand that every individual comes to directing on their own individual path; to speak with Drama League staff about your specific experience and its appropriateness for this opportunity, please email artistic@dramaleague.org with your questions.

If a candidate feels they fall outside the bounds of these guidelines and chooses to apply, it is hoped they will note this in the application and address the reasons they've applied in their answers to the narrative questions.