Beatrice Terry Residency

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The BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY is designed exclusively for womxn-identified artists who both write AND direct their own work.* It is not intended for a director who would like to write a first play, or for a writer who has never or rarely directed...but rather, someone who identifies a place in both disciplines professionally and consistently. It is named for the acclaimed director-writer Beatrice Terry, whose career on and off-Broadway epitomized the duality at the core of this residency.

This residency is named for Beatrice Terry, a female writer-director who pioneered her own approach to theatrical creation, as a writer and director of her own work in a cis male-dominated field. As such, this residency is only open to womxn, which includes cisgender, transwomen and feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary individuals. We ask that you interrogate and respect the goals of this residency and only apply if you have experienced this specific kind of gender-based adversity.

NOTE: This Residency is currently slated to begin in June 2021, with events scheduled with the recipient over the course of the following twelve months.  Due to the ongoing complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and components of this Residency may be delayed, altered, changed, or removed to protect the health of the Director, the collaborating artists, and the ability of the American Theatre as it returns to live performances.  Applicants are asked to be flexible, should these changes have to occur.


Applications are now closed. Thank you!



  • REHEARSAL SPACE    up to a maximum 29 hours of rehearsal in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.
  • RESIDENCY STIPEND    A stipend to cover reimbursement of goods needed for the execution of the Residency, or in a direct payment to the Recipient so that they may obtain needed services.  This stipend is not remuneration, salary or wages for any services, and will be the full extent of the funds provided as part of this Residency.  Recipients will receive a federal tax form 1099 from The Drama League at the end of each calendar year of Residency activity.
    (Amounts, which are determined based on the needs of the project proposal, have ranged in previous years between $3,500 and $10,000.  Applicants will be notified of the amount of the stipend before committing to the residency.)
  • PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP    The artist will receive periodic mentorship from Drama League staff.
  • WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING    The work will receive an in-progress showing at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

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.