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Left: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE, developed and directed by Drama League Resident Director Travis Lee Russ, in its Life Jacket Theatre Company 2018 premiere at HERE Arts Center, New York City. Center: I Wanna Tear You Apart, written and directed by Morgan Gould, developed in the Beatrice Terry Residency.  Right: RoosevElvis, developed and directed by Drama League Resident Director and Alumnae Rachel Chavkin, for The TEAM.


The Drama League Residency Programs are opportunities for theater directors and their collaborators to develop new plays, musicals, performance pieces, and hybrid works. The residencies offer financial support, artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and a supportive creative community.  




The Next Stage Residency gives theater directors deep in project development unique, supportive opportunities to develop new works over the course of a year. Residencies include stipends, rehearsal space, mentorship and networking opportunities with fellow artists.



The Beatrice Terry Residency focuses on the development of a new work by an emerging female-identified writer-director, culminating in a writing residency and in-progress showing.



A partnership of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and The Drama League of New York, the Impact Residency provides extensive resources of space, time, and funds for a director-led ensemble group to create a new work.


The Drama League Residency Program has developed many award-winning productions, including The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (Vineyard Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre); Ripe Time’s The World Is Round (BAM); Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre Company); The ARTS (LaMaMa); Distant Star (Abrons Arts Center), Georama (NYMF/Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Assembled Identity (HERE); America Is Hard To See (Lifejacket/Edinburgh Fringe Festival); THE PEANUT BUTTER SHOW (Little Lord/New York Theatre Workshop); Rady&Bloom’s The Upper Room (New Ohio Theatre); and Piehole’s Hand Foot Fizzle Face (JACK).

The Drama League Director Residency Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Howard Gilman FoundationThe Riggio FoundationThe Shubert Foundation, and The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting The Drama League.

Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.