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What We Do


 

OUR MISSION...

The Drama League advances the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors and a platform for dialogue with, and between, audiences.
 

...AND HOW WE DO IT.

The Drama League helps artists and audiences in the following areas:

  • Careers
    The Drama League opens doors for exceptional stage directors by providing time, resources, and space to work without restriction, while augmenting skills through personalized training, production opportunities, and professional development. The Drama League carefully selects directors whose vision and talent are unparalleled, with a clear commitment to the craft, the field, and audiences. Through our work, The Drama League celebrates the important role theatergoers have to the future of the industry, and champions the impact theater plays in civic life.The Drama League breaks the formidable barriers that impede success in the arts. We actively work to create a cultural landscape where every artist is considered on their merits. In doing so, we take action to support directors who have traditionally been denied equitable opportunities, including on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.  We commit to employing anti-racist practices in our work and programs.

     
  • Dialogue
    These directors, nurtured and empowered by The Drama League's support, are trained to create the most rigorous work possible, as a live exchange between artists and audiences. In doing so, we elevate the conversation, deeply impacting theaters and their communities. Bringing people together to celebrate difference, share experiences, and discover common ground are crucial needs served by the work of Drama League directors. This necessary cultural practice is the foundation of our shared humanity.

     
  • Industry
    Now, more than ever, the theater demands articulate proponents for its urgency, resonance, and universality. As arts participation continues to decline nationwide, Drama League directors are fully prepared to lead the industry in renewed responsibility to its audiences, delivering heightened relevance, vibrancy, and accessibility to the field. Only to the extent that the field embraces its dedication to audiences –and the role it can play in uplifting and connecting those audiences through their work – will the industry remain a vital element of civilization.

 

OUR VALUES

At The Drama League, our Core Values inform and guide our service. We strive to bring these Values into daily practice, ensuring our culture remains relevant and accessible. As such, we:

  1. Position creativity as a powerful engine for change.
  2. Embrace artistic risk-taking, innovation and surprise — mistakes inspire solutions.
  3. Insist on the conditions for artists and audiences to engage with thoughtfulness, care, openness, and empathy.
  4. Strive to communicate openly and honestly, and expect others to do so as well.
  5. Actively foster and advance an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive environment in our programs and on our team, especially lifting up BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists who have historically been marginalized and victimized in our field and our society.
  6. Seek to inspire through service, and create opportunity for those in our communities to engage, learn, grow, and prosper.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING THE LAND
 
The Drama League honors and acknowledges that our Theater Center sits upon the ancestral lands and unceded territory of the Lenni Lenape Nation, and offer our respect to elders both past and present.  We recognize the vital importance of speaking thoughts into action, especially concerning the legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together.  We make this reminder to ourselves, and to you, so that we may commit ourselves to dismantling the structures of colonization in our practice.
 
Since activities at The Drama League are also shared digitally to the internet, we take this moment to acknowledge and consider the legacy of colonization embedded within the technologies, structures, and ways of thinking we use every day. We are using equipment and high speed internet not available in many Indigenous communities. Even the technologies that are central to much of the art we make leave significant carbon footprints, contributing to changing climates that disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples worldwide. We invite you to join us in acknowledging this as well as our shared responsibility: to make good of this time, and for each of us to consider our roles in reconciliation, decolonization, and allyship.
 
Credit and Thanks: Adrienne Wong of SpiderWebShow, Ontario, Canada, who wrote the acknowledgement upon which the above digital acknowledgement is based.