Classical Directing Fellowship

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Alumna Rebecca Taichman's production of Twelfth Night at the Old Globe, Summer 2015.


Open To: Stage Directors who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Female, Trans, or Non-Binary, who reside in New York City or can provide their own housing in New York City for the active weeks of the Fellowship.

  The Drama League in partnership with

Red Bull Theater, New York, NY


Applications are now closed. Thank you!


The Classical Directing Fellowship immerses a director in the life of a company working in the classical canon, and is designed to bring diverse voices into the productions and institutions dedicated to this work.

NOTE: This Fellowship is currently slated to begin in Fall 2021, with periodic events over the course of the following twelve months.  Due to the ongoing complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and components of this Fellowship may be delayed, altered, changed, or removed to protect the health of the Fellow and the ability of the American Theatre as it returns to live performances.  Applicants are asked to be flexible, should these changes have to occur.




Professionals Week is an intensive immersion in the professional theater. Fellows will attend performances, participate in seminars and workshops with prominent industry professionals, and participate in discussions designed to prepare you for the demands and expectations of the field.

   Professionals Week will run from Tuesday, September 7 - Friday September 10, 2021. 

Fellows will participate in the Directing Intensive, an extended directing workshop under the guidance of a mentor director, and experienced professionals.

   The Directing Intensive will run from Saturday, September 11 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 

The Fellow will assist on a Mainstage production at Red Bull Theater in New York City with dates TBD.  During or after the Mainstage Assistantship, the Fellow and the Artistic Directors of Red Bull and The Drama League will work together to find a suitable project to be included in Red Bull’s Revelation Reading series, their semi-staged, acclaimed series exploring rarely-seen works.  Red Bull and Drama League staff will provide mentorship to the selected director in their reading and research process. The Fellowship will culminate by directing a high-profile, Red Bull-produced Revelation Reading of their own.


The scholarship prize amount will be determined next April, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance. For the 2020 cycle, the scholarship prize amount was $7,500 for the 12 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in installments. Taxes will be deducted from the stipend in accordance with federal, state and local law.


Travel is provided for the following activities:
Professionals Week (In-City Transportation)

- Professionals Week (Round-Trip Transportation for Fellows living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
- Directing Intensive (From New York City to location)
Travel is not provided for:
Finalist Interviews
Red Bull Theater Assigments in New York City


Housing is provided for the following activities:
- Professionals Week (for Fellows living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
- Directing Intensive, as needed
Housing is not provided for:
- Finalist Interviews
- Red Bull Theater Assigments in New York City


Applications are now closed. Thank you!

The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the inclusion of artists who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Differently-Abled, and LGBTQIA2+ 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 their merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from authentic and diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity can be celebrated.

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 Classical Directing Program was one of the defining experiences of my education as a director.   Learning from the artists...was a transformative experience, and I came away with tools, techniques, and perspectives that I use in my work today.  Graduate school helped me become an artist, but the Drama League Fellowship helped me become a professional."

- Jesse Jou, Classical Directing Fellow 2012