The Public Works Directing Fellowship

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The Public Works Dallas 2017 production of The Tempest, directed by Drama League alumnus Kevin Moriarty.



Open To: Early and Mid-career stage directors interested in community-based, participatory theatrical work.  The successful candidate will have a working familiarity with both English and Spanish.

  The Drama League in partnership with Dallas Theatre Center and Public Works Dallas, Dallas TX


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


The Public Works Directing Fellowship is a partnership between The Drama League, Dallas Theater Center, and Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members.  

In the wildly and radically inclusive spirit of Public Works Dallas, applicants are accepted from all interested parties.  To that end, we enthusiastically encourage the applications of directors who do not often see themselves reflected across the field and/or those whose paths to direction may have been nonlinear or nontraditional.  NOTE: Applicants must have a working familiarity with both English and Spanish.





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 selected Fellow serves as Associate Director on the project, and is mentored by both Drama League and Dallas Theater Center staff to fully inhabit, explore and participate in the radically inclusive nature of this theater making.



The scholarship prize amount will be determined next April, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance.  For the 2019 cycle, the scholarship prize amount was $4,000 for the 11 active weeks of the fellowship, paid in equal installments. Taxes will be deducted in accordance with federal, state and local law.



Transportation is provided for the following activities:

  • Professionals Week (In-City Transportation for all Fellows, Round-Trip Transportation for Fellows living more than 25 miles outside of New York City)
  • Public Works Dallas Assignment (Round-Trip Transportation to and from Dallas Only)

​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)
  • Public Works Dallas Assignment

​Housing is not provided for:

  • Finalist Interviews

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.