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



FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCIES

Open To Early-Career and Mid-Career Professional Stage Directors

Applications for the 2021 Directing Fellowships and Directing Residencies are open September 8, 2020 and will close on January 4, 2021.  Before applying, please read thoroughly all of the opportunities available for stage directors on our FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCIES information pages.

NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES

Open To High School Students

The applications for New Visions/New Voices are now opened.  

Application Deadline: October 18, 2020, at 11:59pm 

Classes will be held: October 21, 2020 - April 28, 2021

All Classes meet on WEDNESDAYS from 4-6pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 course will meet digitally and not in-person. Participation will require a computer, webcam, and an internet connection.

IMPORTANT: Before applying, please read thoroughly all of the opportunities available for high school students on our NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES information page.


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, People of Color, Differently-Abled, 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 Surillo, Artistic Coordinator


IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY

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


Drama League Fellowships and Residencies have different applications.  This is the Fellowship Application; you can find the Residency Application at http://www.dramaleague.org/programs/directors-project/residencies.


Drama League Fellowships vary in both area of specialization and in intended participants:


AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
These are the six separate Fellowship programs, and we encourage you to read about them in depth before beginning your application at the links below:
 

*The Fellowships are open to all applicants EXCEPT the Classical Directing Fellowship, which is intended exclusively for directors of color, female-identifying directors, and/or directors who identify as transgender or non-binary, and the Public Works Fellowship, for which the applicant should have a familiarity with both English and Spanish (not necessarily fluency).


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 a university B.A, B.F.A., M.F.A., or M.A. program in the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must make themselves available for program components during the program period. This means that applicants cannot participate in other developmental fellowships during this time window.
  • Applicants who have taken directing commitments during the program period may, due to lack of available time, have to forego one or more elements of the program, at the discretion of Drama League staff.


EARLY-CAREER AND MID-CAREER DIRECTORS: LOOSE DEFINITIONS
Some of these Fellowships are intended for early-career directors, and some are intended for mid-career directors. 


  • How do we define 'early-career', loosely?  Generally, we define this category as a director who has worked in a professional or semi-professional theater for roughly 2-5 years maximum; has not directed a Broadway, Off-Broadway, or major regional production (LORT A+, A, B+, B, C, or D); and has completed fewer than three assistantships. 
  • How do we define 'mid-career', loosely?  Generally, we define this category as a director who has worked in professional theater for roughly 4-8 years; who has not directed a Broadway or major regional production (LORT A+, A, B+, B); and who has had fewer than six assistantships on professional productions. 


These definitions are loosely conceived, as every individual comes to directing on their own individual path. Therefore, applications will be accepted from everyone, even if these definitions do not fit exactly.  If a candidate feels they fall outside the bounds of these definitions, however, and chooses to apply, we expect they will note this in the application and address the reasons they've applied.  Applicants may contact us directly before applying, to discuss their specific circumstances and program suitability. 


IMPORTANT: This application closes on January 4, 2021.


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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY


Hello! Thank you for your interest in The Drama League Directing Residencies. Part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," these Residency opportunities are designed for stage directors and their collaborators to develop new plays, musicals, performance pieces, and hybrid works. The residencies offer financial support, artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and a supportive creative community. 

Drama League Fellowships and Residencies have different applications. This is the Residency Application; you can find the Fellowship Application at http://www.dramaleague.org/programs/directors-project/fellowships.


There are three separate Residency programs, and we encourage you to read about them in-depth  at the links below before beginning your application:
 

*Residencies are open to all applicants EXCEPT the Beatrice Terry Residency, named after the artist who pioneered her own approach to theatrical creation, as a writer and director of her own work in a cis-male-dominated field. As such, this residency is only open to womxn, which includes cisgender, transwomen, and feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary individuals. We ask that you interrogate and respect the goals of this residency and only apply if your experience has encountered the gender-based adversity this Residency attempts to address.
 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS


  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least five non-collegiate productions.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a university B.A, B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A., or PhD program in the residency year.
  • Applicants must make themselves available for program components during the residency year.
  • Applicants who have taken directing commitments during the program period may, due to lack of available time, have to forego one or more elements of the program, at the discretion of Drama League staff.


EARLY-CAREER AND MID-CAREER DIRECTORS: LOOSE DEFINITIONS 

Drama League Residencies are intended for mid-career and established directors who are the director of record for a project intended for the stage, that is still in developmental stages.

  • How do we define 'mid-career', loosely?  Generally, we define this category as a director who has worked in professional theater for roughly 4-8 years; who has not directed a Broadway or major regional production (LORT A+, A, B+, B); and who has had fewer than six assistantships on professional productions.
  • How do we define 'established', loosely?  Anything that exceeds mid-career.
  • "How do we define 'project'?  The residency will revolve around a specific play, musical, or piece being developed for theatrical performance.  The residency period is designed to provide time, resources, and space for a director-led path of inquiry and investigation in a work that is not yet in active production.  It is meant to be developmental in nature, a process of growth, led by a director who will lead a future production of the work.  


IMPORTANT: These definitions are loosely conceived, as every individual comes to directing on their own individual path. Therefore, applications will be accepted from everyone, even if these definitions do not fit exactly.  If a candidate feels they fall outside the bounds of these definitions, however, and chooses to apply, we expect they will note this in the application and address the reasons they've applied.  Applicants may contact us directly before applying, to discuss their specific circumstances and program suitability. 


If you are unsure about how your project fits into one of the above residencies, please contact us at gabriel@dramaleague.org. 


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

The Drama League of New York