Hangar Directing Fellowship

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Drama League Fellow Dan Rogers' production of The Crazy Locomotive, Hangar Theatre, July 2015, Ithaca, NY.  Design and photo credit: Dan Daly.  


The Drama League in 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.


Applications are now closed. Thank you!


NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Drama League has already selected three of its four 2021 recipients for the Hangar Fellowships.  Applications accepted in the remaining cycle will select the final recipient.

IMPORTANT: This Fellowship is currently slated to begin in May 2021, with periodic events over the course of the following three months.  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.

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 Company for the summer season at the Hangar Theatre throughout the fellowship experience.





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.

  Professionals Week will run from Tuesday, September 7 - Friday September 10, 2021. 


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. 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.  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 scholarship prize amount will be determined next April.  For the 2019 cycle, the scholarship prize amount was $5,000 for the 10 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments. The amount of the scholarship prize will be disclosed prior to acceptance. Taxes will be deducted in accordance with federal, state and local law.



Round-Trip and In-City Transportation is provided for the following activities:

  • Professionals Week (In-City)
  • Professionals Week (Round-Trip for Fellows living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
  • Hangar Theatre Assignment

​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)
  • Hangar Theatre Assignment

​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.

“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, Tony Award-winning director of 
Head Over Heels,
Little Shop of Horrors and Burn This