The cast of 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.  


The Drama League Artist Residencies 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 four programs for 2019 include short- and long-term residencies ranging from one day to one year, and support a wide variety of creative processes.

The Drama League Residency Program has developed many award-winning productions since 2013, 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 and America Is Hard To See (HERE); 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.


All 2019 Residency Applications are due by

Midnight on Thursday, September 6th, 2018.





The First Stage Residency gives rehearsal space to theater directors in the early stages of project development for stage works. Residencies include rehearsal space and mentorship, and may not be used for public performances, readings, or rehearsals; instead, the residency is designed for pure creative exploration by the artists in a thoughtful, process-forward space




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.