New York Directing Fellowship

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Drama League Fellow Flordelino Lagundino's production of F.O.B. by David Henry Hwang, Drama League DirectorFest 2017, New Ohio Theatre, New York City.


Open To: Early-Career Stage Directors;
Mid-Career Directors Interested in this Fellowship should contact The Drama League to determine if the program is a suitable match for their needs.


Applications are now closed. Thank you!


Founded in 1984, The New York Directing Fellowships bring extraordinary early-career stage directors into an extended program of creative advancement, industry-focused development, professional assistantships, and an opportunity to present their work to the field as part of the Off-Off-Broadway festival DirectorFest, the nation's preeminent festival highlighting rising directorial talent.  The Fellowships nurture artistry, open doors, and usher in a maturation of skills and talent, preparing a director to work professionally at the highest levels the field can offer.

NOTE: These Fellowships are currently slated to begin in Fall 2021, with periodic events over the course of the following twelve months until 2022.  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 directors 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 Intensive will also include pre-production activities and workshops leading to DirectorFest.

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

The New York Directing Fellows stage one-act productions as part of DirectorFest, The Drama League's annual festival dedicated to the art of professional directing in the United States.  The festival takes place in New York City for an audience that includes artistic directors, producers, interested industry professionals, and others. DirectorFest is the culmination of a two-week rehearsal process, and utilizes professional casting directors, designers, and production personnel. Post-production, the directors meet with theater professionals for an in-depth discussion of their work. 

  DirectorFest Prep Week will run from Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13, 2021.
  Other components of the DirectorFest process TBA.

The scholarship prize amount will be determined in next April.  For the 2020 cycle, the scholarship prize amount was $7,500 for the 14 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in installments. The amount of the scholarship prize will be disclosed prior to acceptance. Taxes will be deducted from the scholarship prize in accordance as determined by federal, state and local law.



Round-Trip transportation is provided for the following activities:

  • Professionals Week (for Directors living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
  • Directing Intensive (from New York City to location)
  • DirectorFest and Related Activities (for Directors living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)

​Travel is not provided for:

  • Finalist Interviews


Housing is provided for the following activities:

  • Professionals Week (for Directors living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
  • Directing Intensive, as needed
  • DirectorFest and Related Activities (for Directors living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)

​Housing is not provided for:

  • Finalist Interviews


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 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 result 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, 1986 Drama League New York Fellow, Director of the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella