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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.
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.
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!