Directors Project

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Since its founding in 1984, The Drama League Directors Project has become the preeminent development program for early and mid-career theater directors, providing talented emerging directors with transformative experiences and opportunities in the professional theater.


The alumni of The Drama League Directors Project, who now number over 330, can be found working in all aspects of the entertainment profession. ‘Drama League Directors’ are directing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in film and television. They are the artistic directors and associates at over 60 theater companies across America. Others hold prominent positions as producers, writers, agents, administrators, and educators at some of our finest professional training programs. Their directing work has been honored Tony, Emmy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. They have literally shaped the future of the American theater, with the praise of critics and audiences alike.

Click here for a complete list of our alumni. 


The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the inclusion of artists of color and of disability in all our programs. We aim to achieve full inclusion in all our programs, providing 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.

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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. These activities include, but are not limited to, the selection of fellowship and residency artists; selection of staff, artists, partners, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients; and provision of services.



The Drama League partners with theaters across the country that support our fellows in various capacities – from meetings and seminars to professional assistantships.  Our thanks to the following theaters for their invaluable participation in our work:

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

Atlantic Theater Company, NYC

Arena Stage, Washington, DC


Classic Stage Company, NYC

Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH

Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX

The Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring NY

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA

LCT3, Lincoln Center, NYC

Manhattan Theater Club, NYC

Manhattan Class Company, NYC

McCarter Theater Center, Princeton, NJ

New Dramatists, NYC

NYSF/The Public Theater, NYC

New York Stage and Film, NYC

New York Theater Workshop, NYC

The Old Globe, San Diego, CA

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, OR

Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC

Primary Stages, NYC

Prospect Theater Company, NYC

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC

Red Bull Theater, NYC

Roundabout Theater Company, NYC

Second Stage Theater, NYC

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

Signature Theater Company, NYC

Signature Theatre, Washington DC

Soho Rep, NYC

Theatr Sfumato, Sofia, Bulgaria

Vineyard Theater, NYC

Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC