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Directing Fellowship in Film/Television


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2019 Film and Television Directing Fellow Jaki Bradley on the set of the NBC Television Series "Council of Dads."

 

Open To: Mid-Career Stage Directors who do not have professional television or film credits.

 

NOTE: The Drama League has already selected the 2021 Recipient for the Directing Fellowship in Film and Television.  The 2022 application cycle will open in September 2021.

 

For many decades, emerging directors felt they had to choose between working on the stage, or working in film and television.  The skills sets overlap to some degree, but not in totality…which made the acquisition of experience difficult.  Recently, however, the field of directing has begun to widen.  The notion of a director successfully transitioning back and forth between these overlapping industries is now not only possible, but in some cases, encouraged.  Their imaginations are vital to the future of both mediums.

The Directing Fellowship in Film and Television is a career development initiative for stage directors to observe the craft of film/TV direction.  Through network building with industry professionals and shadowing successful film/television directors, the Fellow will gain essential skills and contacts to begin working in both mediums.

 

COMPONENTS

 

1) SHADOW DIRECTING ASSIGNMENT

Those selected to participate become part of the Drama League Directing Talent Pool. Drama League staff, entertainment executives, executive producers and/or producing episodic directors select individuals to shadow on an episode of produced television. Shadowing assignments are not guaranteed; however, if an assignment is secured, the Fellow will shadow production and shooting. Observing post-production is solely at the discretion of producers. Drama assignments typically run three or more weeks, and comedy assignments usually run one to two weeks. The duration of an individual's participation is at the discretion of the Drama League staff, executive producers and/or episodic directors.

 

2) SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE

Directors on shadowing assignments will receive a scholarship prize, disbursed when actively shadowing on a production, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance. In the 2019 cycle, the scholarship prize amount was $2,000, but could be less or more depending upon the length and location of the assignment.  Taxes will be deducted in accordance with federal, state and local law.

 

3) TRANSPORTATION 

Fellows will be provided with travel to the city of the shooting location.  In-city travel is not included.

 

4) HOUSING 

Fellows will be provided with housing in the city of the shooting location.


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 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.

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.


"This was a crucial first step for me to discover how my directing skills can be applied to a TV environment, as well as what skills I should hone further. I would not have been prepared to direct a TV episode before this experience, because I did not understand how the process works. Now… I do feel that I could walk onto a set and know how to guide the process."

- Estefania Fadul, 2016 Directing Fellow in Film and Television