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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 350+ alumni of The Drama League Directors Project can be found working in all aspects of entertainment:
- directors on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at 200 regional theaters across the country, and in film, media, music, dance, virtual reality and television
- artistic directors and associates at over 60 theater companies across America
- producers, writers, agents, administrators, and educators at some of our finest professional training programs
Their directing work has been honored with 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.
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.
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||LCT3, Lincoln Center, NYC||Prospect Theater Company, NYC|
|Atlantic Theater Company, NYC||Manhattan Theater Club, NYC||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC|
|Arena Stage, Washington, DC||Manhattan Class Company, NYC||Red Bull Theater, NYC|
|ARS NOVA, NYC||McCarter Theater Center, Princeton, NJ||Roundabout Theater Company, NYC|
|Classic Stage Company, NYC||New Dramatists, NYC||Second Stage Theater, NYC|
|Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH||NYSF/The Public Theater, NYC||Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA|
|Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX||New York Stage and Film, NYC||Signature Theater Company, NYC|
|The Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL||New York Theater Workshop, NYC||Signature Theatre, Washington DC|
|Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN||The Old Globe, San Diego, CA||Soho Rep, NYC|
|Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY||Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, OR||Vineyard Theater, NYC|
|Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival,
Cold Spring NY
|Playmakers Repertory Company,
Chapel Hill, NC
|La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA||Primary Stages, NYC||Theatr Sfumato, Sofia, Bulgaria|