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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 scholarship prizes, 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.



NOTE: The Drama League has already selected the 2021 Recipient for the Impact Residency.  The 2022 application cycle will open in September 2021. 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 Programs have developed many award-winning productions, including The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (Vineyard Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre); The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Cotillion... (New Georges/The Movement Theatre Company); 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); 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.

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.