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 Persons of Color or Female, 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 and Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, MA




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.



    May 11-15, 2020: 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.
    The stipend amount will be determined next April, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance. For the 2019 cycle, the Stipend was $5,000 for the 14 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments. Taxes will be deducted from the stipend in accordance with federal, state and local law.
    May 27 - July 3, 2020: travel to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA to assist on a production at Shakespeare & Company and observe the company's unique approach in practice.
    May 2020 - March 2021 (Six Weeks Maximum): The Fellow will assist on a Mainstage production at Red Bull Theater in New York City with dates TBD.
    January 2021 (Four Weeks Maximum): 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.
    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)
     - Shakespeare and Company Assigment: To and From Home City
    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
    - Shakespeare and Company Assigment

    ​Housing is not provided for:
    - Finalist Interviews
    - Red Bull Theater Assigments in New York City




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 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