Welcome to The Drama League Application Portal!

Thank you for your interest in the artistic programs offered by The Drama League. All programs below are for early and mid-career Stage Directors, excepts for New Visions/New Voices (at the bottom of this page), which is design for high school students. 

DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS

Open To Early-Career and Mid-Career Stage Directors - Application Link at Bottom of Page

Applications for the 2023-2024 FutureNow Directing Fellowships are now open through January 3, 2023. 

The Drama League Stage Directing Fellowship and the Film and Television Directing Fellowship, which are two-year programs, will not open again until Fall 2023.  

The Drama League offers three Fellowship programs, each with separate applications, guidelines, timelines and processes: The Drama League Stage Directing Fellowships, The FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships, and the Film and Television Directing Fellowships. Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and the Applicant F.A.Q. on our website.

The application fee for each Fellowship 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 RESIDENCIES

Open To Early-Career and Mid-Career Stage Directors - Application Link at Bottom of Page

Applications for the 2023-2024 Directing Residencies open now until November 30, 2022.  

There are two Residency programs, each with separate applications, guidelines, and processes: The Beatrice Terry Directing Residency and the Next Stage Directing Residency. Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and the Applicant F.A.Q. on our website.

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 - Application Link at Bottom of Page

Applications for the 2023-2024 Drama League Stage Directing Assistantships are open until November 30, 2022.

Our programs have changed significantly from previous years; before applying, please read thoroughly all of the program information, eligibility requirements, and the Applicant F.A.Q. on our website. 

The application fee for this 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.

NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES

Open To High School Students - Application Link at Bottom of Page

Applications for the 2023 Winter/Spring New Visions/New Voices class are open until January 3, 2023. 

There is no application fee for this program. Please review our website for all eligibility requirements and class scheduling. If you have questions or concerns please email education@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 Global Majority, 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


WELCOME TO NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES!

New Visions/New Voices (NV/NV) is a rigorous after-school theatre training program for high school students in the New York City metropolitan area. It is the only after-school program in the United States to exclusively focus on the techniques of stage direction as a lens into exploration -- empowering students with creative skill-building, personal agency, and leadership techniques to discover, trust, speak, and amplify their personal voice and visions of the world around them.

Students have the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors throughout the course, to help them manifest their creative growth. The lessons taught in NV/NV can spark future career interest in theatre, other creative industries, or non-artistic professions -- law, medicine, marketing, politics, science, and more -- where the tools learned are directly applicable and essential.

New Visions/New Voices is offered at no cost to the student. The class will meet in-person at The Drama League. Transportation (via MTA) is available at no cost for those who need it.

Please check out our YouTube page for past New Vision/New Voices shorts. Our most recent set of shorts can be viewed here


PROGRAM

Expand your ability to...

Comprehend. Question. Articulate.

New Visions/New Voices gives high school students the ability to confidently analyze and critically respond to any situation in life, by utilizing utilizing the techniques of creative direction. Through understanding the power of one’s own voice and influence, one can meaningfully impact communities and the world. In this after-school course, students interact with, and learn from, directors, actors, and other professionals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. Through active exercises, they learn to deepen their critical thinking and express their personal inner vision.

Students, under the guidance of Teaching Artists, will learn techniques to write and direct scenes and monologues performed by professional actors. This immersion into art-making broadens and refines their aesthetics, while illuminating the possibilities inside a career in the cultural sector. During the final weeks of the program, students will write their own monologues and/or scenes to direct short films, which will be shared in a work-in-progress showing.


ELIGIBILITY

  • This program is open to all enrolled high school students across the five boroughs. Students outside of New York City need to email Nilan, Associate Artistic Director at education@dramaleague.org before applying
  • Students will need to abide to the New Visions/New Voices Winter/Spring 2023 Calendar (Click here)
  • Classes will be held: January 18, 2023 - June 7, 2023. All Classes meet on WEDNESDAYS from 4-6pm, All Saturdays in April 2023 are held for rehearsals (times TBA)
  • All students applying to the program this cycle must be vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination for all in-person classes and events. Please note that all Drama League Staff and Guest Artists are vaccinated
  • 3rd Annual New Visions/New Voices does...SHORTS will be held on June 7, 2023 at 7pm

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


HOW TO APPLY 

Applications Open: October 6, 2022  Deadline: January 3, 2023 at 11:59pm

The application may take up to 15-20mins. It consists of a few general questions about yourself and a couple of short essay questions.  

CONTACT

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY

Thank you for your interest in The FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowship. Part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," these Fellowships are designed for early-to-mid-career stage directors who wish to expand their experiences, hone their artistry, and elevate their professional development.

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 applications. by visiting the following pages:


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three theater productions outside of any academic colleges or universities they may have attended.
  • 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, however 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.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to learning more about you and your work!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY

Thank you for your interest in The Drama League Stage Directing Assistantships. Part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," these Assistantships are designed for early-career stage directors who wish to advance their careers, hone their artistry, and elevate their professional development.

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:

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three productions outside of any college or university training program they may have attended.
  • 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, however 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.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to learning more about you and your work!

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 resources 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:


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three theater productions outside of any academic colleges or universities they may have attended.
  • 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.


Thank you for participating! We look forward to learning more about you and your work!

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 resources 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:



APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three theater productions outside of any academic colleges or universities they may have attended.
  • 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.


Thank you for participating! We look forward to learning more about you and your work!

The Drama League of New York