2016 TV Directing fellow Estefania Fadul (right) on the set of CBS' Doubt in Los Angeles, with co-showrunner Joan Rater, and episode director Jonathan Brown. Photo credit: John Cockrell
Drama League Directing Fellowship in Film/Television
Open To: Mid-Career Stage Directors who do not have professional television or film credits.
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 Fellowship for Directing in 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.
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.
Directors on shadowing assignments will receive a paid stipend when actively shadowing on a production, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance. In the 2017 cycle, the Stipend was $2000, but could be less or more depending upon the length and location of the assignment. The amount of the Stipend will be disclosed prior to acceptance.
Fellows will be provided with travel to the city of the shooting location. In-city travel is not included.
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 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.
"This was a crucial first step for me to discover how my current directing skills can be applied to a TV environment as well as what skills I should hone further. I would not have been anywhere near 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 now and know how to guide the process."
- Estefania Fadul, 2015 Fall Directing Fellow and 2016 Directing Fellowship for Film & Television