Hangar Directing Fellowship

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a partnership with the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY

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.




The Hangar Directing Fellowship, a partnership with the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), is in an intensive practicum in the artistic life of a regional theater. Designed to hone leadership skills and creative abilities within an institution, the Fellows serve as artistic leaders of the Lab Comapny for the summer season at the Hangar Theatre throughout the fellowship experience.



May 13-17, 2019: 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.


Late May-Late July: The four Fellows serve as the artistic leaders of the Hangar’s Lab Company, a non-Equity company comprised of college students in acting, directing, playwriting and choreography in residence at the Cherry Arts. Working with the support, counsel and guidance of the Hangar artistic staff, the four directors are responsible for selecting, designing, casting and producing the entire Wedge (second stage) season. Fellows direct a show for Young Audiences and a play of their choice in the Wedge (approved by staff), as well as serve as producer of one rotation.  In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to direct an evening of cabaret performances. Fellows meet regularly with the artistic director, and also interact with the administrative staff and board to receive deeper insight into budgets, programs, fundraising, and community engagement.


The stipend will be determined in April 2019.  For the 2017 cycle, the Stipend was $4,250 for the 10 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments. The amount of the Stipend will be disclosed prior to acceptance.


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 housing in Ithaca, NY for the length of their time there.



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.

“My Drama League fellowship was a turning point in my life as well as in my career.  The amazing summer of 1989 was the very first opportunity I’d ever had to experience life as a full-time theatre director: each day directing plays, talking about directing, watching other directors…eating and breathing directing.  I can’t imagine my life without that summer.”

Michael Mayer, 1989 Hangar Directing Fellow 1989, Tony Award-winning director of 
Spring Awakening,
Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Burn This