The Drama League Arists Residency Program, made possible in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, gives theater directors and their collaborators unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Dedicated to focused creative process, and specifically designed to avoid the creative stressors and economic pressures of public performance, these developmental residencies nurture collaboration at its central creative core.
Initiated in 2013, The Drama League Artist Residency Program has already 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); Rady&Bloom’s The Upper Room (New Ohio Theatre); Georama (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); and Piehole’s Hand Foot Fizzle Face (JACK).
The BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY FOR WOMEN WRITER-DIRECTORS is dedicated to the development of a new work by women or women-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 rarely directed. Applicants can be at an early stage in their career, but they must work regularly in both areas. The residency includes:
1. 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.
2. WORKSHOP STIPEND: A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded. Amounts awarded are determined by the selection committee; in 2016 the BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY received $3500. Applicants will be notified of the amount of the stipend before committing to the residency.
3. PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive periodic mentorship from Drama League staff.
4. WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS: The work will receive an in-progress showings at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca, culminating in a writing residency, living stipend and a professional reading of the new work at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.
The Terry Residency is named in honor of the late Beatrice Terry (above), an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project who was herself a writer-director. As an associate/assistant director for many years on Broadway, she worked on many of the major productions of the last decade, including Spring Awakening (where she assisted Mr. Mayer), Memphis, La Bete, Leap of Faith, and God of Carnage, among others. Ms. Terry was most proud of her work as director on several shows in NYC including The Germ Project with New Georges and Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama! She was also the author of several plays and musicals for children, as well as the adult satires Ronbenet and Over a Barrel.
2017 Beatrice Terry Resident Artist - Shakina Nayfack
The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club
Inspired by the classic American play Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kauffman, The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club follows a month in the lives of the residents and employees at the Chon Inter Hotel in Chonburi, Thailand, a world-renown destination for transgender women recovering from gender confirmation surgery. With a large cast of eccentric characters including trans women from around the world, Thai healthcare workers, and adolescent Australian athletes, the play focuses on the temporary community and unconventional sisterhood created in the hotel lobby. A largely autobiographical exploration of what it means to become a woman, the real life joys and heartbreaks of the Butterfly Club help us all to celebrate who and what we’re becoming, even when most of us have no idea who or what that is.
2017 Beatrice Terry Resident Artist, Shakina Nayfack
Originally from Southern California, Shakina enjoys an eclectic career as a performer, director, writer, producer, and social activist. She plays Lola on the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and is the founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) where she has supported the development of over 100 new musicals including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, Manifest Pussy. Shakina is a proud recipient of a Lilly Award for Working Miracles, recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women, a TRU Humanitarian Award winner, and alumna of the Drama League Directors Project. BA: UC Santa Cruz; MFA, PhD: UC Riverside.