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.


IMPORTANT:

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.


FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCIES

The applications for The Drama League 2020 Directing Fellowships and Directing Residencies are open.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020 by 11:59pm EST


NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES

Fall 2019 Applications are now open. 

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019 by 11:59pm EST

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.


Warmly,

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director

Nilan Johnson, Associate Artistic Director

Ali Skye Bennet, Artistic Line Producer

Julie Solomon, Artistic Coordinator

Sherri Eden Barber, Program Consultant


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. 

These Fellowships vary in both area of specialization and in intended participants:

AREA 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:

  • Classical Directing Fellowship*
  • Hangar Directing Fellowship
  • Leo Shull Musical Theatre Directing Fellowship
  • New York Directing Fellowship
  • Public Works Directing Fellowship*
  • Film/Television Directing Fellowship

*The Fellowships are open to all applicants EXCEPT the Classical Directing Fellowship, which is intended exclusively for directors of color, female-identifying directors, or directors who identify as transgender or non-binary, and the Public Works Fellowship, which requires applicants to be fluent in both English and Spanish.

EARLY VS. MID-CAREER DIRECTORS: A DEFINITION

Some of these Fellowships are intended for early-career directors, and some are intended for mid-career directors. How do we define 'early-career?' Generally, we see it as a director who has worked in professional of semi-professional theater for roughly 2-6 years; has not had a Broadway, Off-Broadway, or major regional production; and generally, has completed fewer than five assistantships. How do we define 'mid-career?' Directors whose experiences exceed the above criteria. 

Applicants who are unsure of how they fit into these categorizations should contact us directly before applying, to discuss their specific circumstances and program suitability.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have directed at least four non-collegiate productions, and cannot be enrolled in a university B.A, B.F.A., M.F.A., or M.A. program in the fellowship year. Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree, but should have commensurate professional experience. 

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 the staff.

APPLICATION FEE

All Fellowships now use a universal application. There is no need to complete multiple applications for the different Fellowships. If you are applying for a Residency, however, that will require filling out the Residency Application, which you can find at http://www.dramaleague.org.

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

 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 Residencies are designed for stage directors leading processes to develop new plays, musicals, and performance pieces for future production. These Residencies vary in both area of specialization and in intended participants:

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

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

*The Residencies are open to all applicants EXCEPT the Beatrice Terry Residency, named after the female writer-director 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 you have experienced this specific kind of gender-based adversity.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have directed at least four non-collegiate productions, and cannot be enrolled in a university B.A, B.F.A., M.F.A., or M.A. program in the fellowship year. Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree, but should have commensurate professional experience. 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 the staff.

APPLICATION FEE

All Fellowships now use a universal application. There is no need to complete multiple applications for the different Fellowships. If you are applying for a Residency, however, that will require filling out the Residency Application, which you can find at http://www.dramaleague.org.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • The Impact Residency Interviews - March 23, 2020
  • Next Stage Residency Interviews - March 24, 2020
  • Beatrice Terry Residency Interviews - March 25, 2020

All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications by April 10, 2020.


If you are unsure about how your project fits into one of the above residencies, please contact us direct 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