Beatrice Terry Fellowship


Beatrice TerryThe Drama League and Tony® Award winning-director and Drama League Alumnus, Michael Mayer are thrilled to announce the establishment of the new Drama League Beatrice Terry Fellowship, named in honor of the late director Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project.

The new Fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation, will fund the development of a new work by an emerging female writer-director, culminating in a writing residency, living stipend and a professional reading of the new work at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.  Following the establishment of the Terry Fellowship this spring, members of The Drama League staff and an all-star advisory board will select the first recipient later this year.  Currently, the Terry Fellowship Advisory Board includes actors Jonathan Groff, David Hyde Pierce, Philip Lehl, Judith Light and Annie Potts; directors Lear deBessonet and Michael Mayer; New Georges Artistic Director Susan Bernfield; Dana Harrel, producing director of La Jolla Playhouse; Lisa McNulty, Artistic Line Producer at Manhattan Theatre Club; and playwright Gretchen M. Michelfeld, who is also the widow of Beatrice Terry.

As reported in the New York Times, the Terry Fellowship is named in honor of the late Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project who was herself a writer-director.  As an associate/assistant director for many years on Broadway, she worked on many of the major productions of the last decade, including Spring Awakening (where she assisted Mr. Mayer), Memphis, La Bete, Leap of Faith, and God of Carnage, among others.  Ms. Terry was most proud of her work as director on several shows in NYC including The Germ Project with New Georges and Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama! She was also the author of several plays and musicals for children, as well as the adult satires Ronbenet and Over a Barrel.

"The loss of Beatrice Terry to the theater community is incalculable," remarked Drama League Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth.  "Her breadth of talent and creative imagination are sorely missed.  Thankfully, Michael and Bea's partner, the playwright Gretchen Michelfeld, have joined us to establish this permanent tribute, a fellowship to support the work of women directors who, like Bea, are redefining the boundaries between writer and director."

Application information will be available in late Fall 2014. The first Fellow will be selected in early 2015. 

Contributions to the Beatrice Terry Fellowship are gratefully received and can be made in two ways:
1) Calling (212) 244-9494
2) Clicking on the "Make a Donation" button at the top of the page. 
In the comments section, please specify that you'd like the donation to be restricted and used exclusively for the Terry Fellowship. 

Questions about the fellowship can be directed to directorsproject@dramaleague.org