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Fall Directing Fellowship


APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 FELLOWSHIP ARE NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS. 
WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SOON.

2013 Fall Fellowship Directors’ Retreat.  Actors Kelley Curran (L) and Ariel Shafir in a scene from Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Fall Fellow Elizabeth Carlson.  Photo credit: Kalina Wagenstein

THE FALL DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP 

Open To: Early and Mid-Career Stage Directors

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.

COMPONENTS

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.

2) REGATHERING WEEKEND/MASTER DIRECTING RETREAT

In August, the Fall Fellows will participate in the Regathering Weekend and the Master Directing Retreat, an extended directing workshop under the guidance of a master director and teachers. Regathering Weekend will focus on practical skill acquisition, while the Master Directing Retreat will be held at a retreat center outside of New York City. Professional actors will join the directors for an immersive exploration of a specific text or playwright.

3) ASSISTANTSHIP ASSIGNMENTS

The Fall Fellows will assist on productions at major regional and/or New York theaters with leading theater artists.  Each Fellow completes one or two assisting assignments depending on length. These are designed for each director’s needs and theatrical interests, and will address specific weaknesses in training.

4) DIRECTORFEST

The Fall Fellows stage an evening of plays in New York City for an audience that includes artistic directors, producers, and other interested industry professionals. DirectorFest is fully produced using professional casting directors, designers and production personnel. Post-production, the directors meet with theater professionals for an in-depth discussion of their work.

5) STIPEND

$7,225 for the 17 active weeks of the fellowship (between late May and late January), paid in equal installments.

6) HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Fellows are provided with housing in New York (if needed) during Professionals Week, Regathering Weekend, DirectorFest and the Master Directing Retreat; round-trip transportation to, and housing for, their assistantship assignments (if needed).

The Drama League DirectorFest production of Out At Sea by Slawomir Mrozek, translation by Nicholas Bethell, directed by 2016 Directors Project Fall Fellow Sarah Elizabeth Wansley.  Photo: Richard Termine.

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 Drama League took a risk and gave me an opportunity no one else would - they produced a play I directed in the heart of New York City and invited everyone to see it.  Every professional opportunity I've had since is the resulte of that chance they took on someone unknown and untested.  I will always be eternally grateful to The Drama League for their belief in me and for the continued nurturing that has endured over the years." 

- Mark Brokaw, Fall Program 1986, Director of Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Master Teacher, Fall Directing Retreat 2015

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 FELLOWSHIP ARE NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS. 
WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SOON.

 


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