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

PROGRAMS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS HAVE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Open To Early and Mid-Career Stage Directors

  • Drama League Stage Directing Fellowships
  • Rose Directing Fellowship
  • Film and Television Directing Fellowships
  • FutureNow Directing Fellowships

Drama League offers multiple Fellowship programs, each with separate applications, guidelines, timelines and processes: Our programs have changed significantly from previous cycles; 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 $15, 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

PROGRAMS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS HAVE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Open To Early and Mid-Career Stage Directors

  • Beatrice Terry Directing Residency
  • Next Stage Directing Residency

Drama League offers multiple Residency programs, each with separate applications, guidelines, timelines and processes. Our programs have changed significantly from previous cycles; 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 $15, 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.

IRENE GANDY DIRECTING ASSISTANTSHIPS

PROGRAMS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS HAVE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Open To Early-Career Stage Directors

Our programs have changed significantly from previous cycles; 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 $15, 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.


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

$15.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY 

Thank you for your interest in The Drama League Beatrice Terry Residency. Part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," this program is designed for early and mid-career stage directors who identify as writer-directors. The Terry Residency is specifically open to women and nonbinary people; the Residency seeks to make space and resources for these communities, who often encounter sexism, gender bias, misogyny, and other barriers as creators when they choose to both write and direct simultaneously. This residency is named for Drama League alumnus Beatrice Terry, who pioneered her own approach to theatrical creation during her lifetime, as a writer and director of her own work in a male-dominated field. 

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 our Artist Opportunities Hub.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have a valid passport and, depending upon their nation of origin, coordinate all required visas to travel to the United States and United Kingdom.
  • 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 cancellation 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 cancellation 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 and respect, 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!

$15.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ FULLY 

Thank you for your interest in The Drama League Next Stage Residency. Part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," this program is designed for early and mid-career directors to support a work they are attached to for possible future production — either a project they are only directing, or one they are also a generative creator in other aspects (director-writer, director-designer, etc.). 

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 our Artist Opportunities Hub.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have a valid passport and, depending upon their nation of origin, coordinate all required visas to travel to the United States and United Kingdom.
  • 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 cancellation 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 cancellation 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 and respect, 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!

The Drama League of New York