2012 Production of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
THE 2017 CLASSICAL DIRECTING FELLOWS
Justin Emeka specializes in new approaches to "classical” texts as well as imaginative stagings of popular and emerging playwrights. In New York, he adapted and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo n Juliet at the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Recent production’s include Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle; Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 at Karamu House in Cleveland and Alice Childress’s Wedding Band at Oberlin College. Mr. Emeka has an MFA in directing from the University of Washington and is an associate professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Oberlin College.
Kholoud Sawaf is a Syrian director from Damascus. She has worked as a theatre and documentary maker in Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and United States. In collaboration of TheatreSquared, she’s adapting and directing R&J Damascus, a recipient of a $250,000 grant through Doris Duke Foundation’s Building Bridges Program. Some of her directing work includes: The Chairs (U of A), Merci Maurer (devised) with ArkansasStaged and Vietgone (TheatreSquared, 2018). Assistant directing credits include: Vietgone (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Manhattan Theatre Club). BA: American University of Shajrah, Mass Communication. MFA: University of Arkansas, Directing.
Barry Edelstein’s production of Othello at the Old Globe, Summer 2014.
Open To: Stage Directors who identify as Persons of Color
The Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color immerses a director in the productions and institutional life of a company working in the classical canon. There are TWO SEPARATE Fellowships, and two directors will be selected.
1) PROFESSIONALS WEEK
Held in mid-May, 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.
$5,950 for the 14 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments.
Fellows will be provided with in-city transportation for Professionals Week in New York City. (Travel to and from New York City is not provided.)
Fellows will be provided with housing in New York City (if needed) during Professionals Week.
And one of the following tracks, assigned by the Drama League:
TRACK ONE (THE OLD GLOBE)
In May, this recipient travels to The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. (Travel to/from, and housing in San Diego will be provided.) During the three-month fellowship, the recipient will assist professional directors on two Shakespeare plays on the outdoor stage, and will attend all rehearsals and production meetings. The fellow will also work with the literary staff on events around the productions. These may include hosting lectures and post-show talkbacks, and participating in events occasioned by the visit of a rare First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Finally, the recipient will work with the MFA Company on a reading of a classical play selected in consultation with the artistic staff.
TRACK TWO (SHAKESPEARE & CO/HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL)
In late May, this recipient will travel to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (Travel to/from, and housing at S&Co, will be provided.) The recipient will assist on a mainstage production of CYMBELINE directed by Tina Packer. In July, the recipient will move to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY (again travel and housing provided). There they will assist director Penny Metropoulos on THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA by Richard Nelson, and Ian Belknap on LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. The recipient will also direct a reading of a play selected by the artistic staff as part of the HVSF2 reading series.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company’s theater tent on the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens on the bank of the Hudson. The backdrop to the productions is the magnificent Hudson Highlands. The theater seats 540 in a three sided horseshoe arrangement. The tent allows performances in all weathers.
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