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Hangar Directing Fellowship


in partnership with the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Wedge Performance Series at The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 FELLOWSHIP ARE NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS. 
WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SOON.

 

THE HANGAR DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

in partnership with the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Wedge Performance Series at The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY

Open To: Early and mid-career theatre directors

The Hangar Directing Fellowship is in an intensive practicum in the artistic life of a regional theater.   Designed to hone leadership skills and creative abilities within a major artistic institution, the program selects four Fellows each year to serve as part of the artistic leadership team for the summer season at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. The Hangar Theatre will be working in partnership with The Cherry Arts, a new company for collective and experimental work, throughout the fellowship experience.

COMPONENTS 

1) PROFESSIONALS WEEK

Held in mid-May, 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.

2) ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP

The four Fellows collectively serve as the artistic leaders of the Hangar’s Lab Company, a non-Equity company comprised of young professionals in acting, design, directing, and stage management in residence at the Cherry Artspace. 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 at the Cherry. The Hangar Directing Program provides Fellows with multiple opportunities. They will direct both a mainstage children’s show and a play of their choice in the Wedge series (approved by Hangar staff), as well as serve as the producer of one rotation.  In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to workshop a play of their choice with a local playwright. Fellows meet regularly with artistic director Michael Barakiva, and also interact with and learn from the administrative staff and board in order to give a deeper insight into how the theatre budgets, programs, raises funds, and engages with the community.  

3) STIPEND 

$4,250 for the 10 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments. 

4) TRANSPORTATION 

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.) 

5) HOUSING 

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.  

2013 Hangar Directing Fellows: (L to R),  Will Detlefsen, Lian Walden, Louisa Proske and Jamila Reddy.  Photo: Michaël Attias.  

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, Hangar Directing Program 1989, Tony Award-winning director of 
Spring Awakening, American Idiot,
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 FELLOWSHIP ARE NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS. 
WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SOON.

 


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