The Drama League Directors Project has literally changed the face of the American theatre. Starting with two young directors in the fall of 1984, our alumni list has now grown to 243, and they have come to us from practically every state in the US and several foreign counties. From its inception, the motto of the Directors Project has been “Where Directors Direct,” and you can find Drama League directors working in all aspects of the profession…
They are some of the most in-demand professionals working today — directing on and off-Broadway, at theaters throughout the city, at regional theatres across the country, and in film and television. Their work has been honored with awards from Tonys to Emmys, and with the praise of critics and audiences alike.
In leadership positions in the industry…
They are the artistic directors, associates or resident directors at 46 regional theatres, and are also working as independent producers in theatre and film. As educators, they are training the next generation of directors as they assume leadership positions at some of our finest professional training programs. They are also active in other related professions, working as agents, arts administrators, and writers in film and television.
Some of our well-known alumni include…
|Michael Mayer, director of American Idiot on Broadway and recipient of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for Spring Awakening
|John Rando, recipient of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for Urinetown
|Alex Timbers, Writer/Director of Broadway’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Drama Desk winner for Best Book of a Musical
|Diane Paulus, director of the Tony-winning Best Revivals of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Hair, and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater
|Christopher Ashley, director of the Broadway musicals Memphis and Xanadu, and Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse
|Mark Brokaw, the first American to direct at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and director of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Cry-Baby
|R.J. Cutler, Emmy Award-winner for the PBS series American High, Oscar nominee for The War Room, and director of The September Issue
|James Bundy, Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and Dean of the Yale School of Drama
|Loretta Greco, Artistic Director of The Magic Theatre
|Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center
|Carl Forsman, Artistic Director of the Drama Desk Award-winningKeen Company
|Carolyn Cantor, Artistic Director of Edge Theatre Company and director of Adam Rapp’s Stone Cold Dead Serious, selected for The Ten Best Plays of 2002-2003
|Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company and a New Dramatists member playwright
|Arin Arbus, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, and director of Othello
|Joe Calarco, Lucille Lortel Award-winner for his Off-Broadway and London hit Shakespeare’s R&J and Director of In Transit at Primary Stages
|Melia Bensussen, Performing Arts Chair at Emerson College and an Obie Award-winner for her direction of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Turn of the Screw
|Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director of Capital Rep
|Jaime Castañeda, Ensemble member of American Theater Co. and TCG New Generations Leadership grant as Artistic Leadership Associate at Atlantic Theatre Company.
|Katie Pearl, Obie Award-winner for Nina and Zita
|Jonathan Silverstein, director of the premiere of Jon Maran’s The Tempermentals
|Matt August, director of the Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
|Anne Kauffman, director of This Wide Night with Edie Falco and Alison Pill
|BT McNicholl, Resident Director of the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot, the musical.