Ends on September 6, 2018

$12.00 USD

Hello! Thank you for your interest in applying for the NEXT STAGE RESIDENCY. This program has changed significantly this year; please read this entire description before applying.

NEXT STAGE seeks to deeply engage directors and provide the necessary tools to advance their careers. We work to provide a process-oriented home for a theater director for one year, giving them space, time, and financial resources to grow and deepen their creative processes. This residency includes:

RESIDENCY SPACE: A fixed number of hours of complimentary rehearsal space, to be used over the course of one year. (In 2018, artists received 50 hours of rehearsal space.)

RESIDENCY STIPEND: A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded.  In previous years, stipends have ranged between $2000 and $7500.

PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive mentorship from the Drama League Artistic Staff.


September 6, 2018 - 12:00 PM EST- Residency Application Deadline 

October 4, 2018– Next Stage Interviews 

October 10, 2018 – Selected Residents notified 

February 11, 2019 – Residency Cohort Meeting 

REQUIREMENTS: All Next Stage Residencies must include at least one (1) Open Rehearsal as part of the Next Stage Open Rehearsal Series, which will include a pre-rehearsal discussion with attendees by the Resident Director about their work, as well as contextualizing the rehearsal for attendees.

While we ask for the residents to apply with a specific project in mind that will be developed as part of their residency, NEXT STAGE is invested in the individual director, not one specific project. We understand that, over the course of a year, a director may have multiple pieces in different stages of development. We, therefore, do not limit the residency to only one project; the residency will follow the genius of the director and allow them to dictate their needs. At the beginning of the residency, The Drama League will work with each director to construct a residency calendar of activities supported, in part, by the stipend; the director may choose to supplement the stipend with funds raised elsewhere, if they wish.

For more detailed information about this residency, please visit the Residencies Page. If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please email residency@dramaleague.org to discuss options in depth. We are happy to speak with you!

Thank you for participating...we look forward to learning more about you work!