Next Stage Residency

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Mariana Newhard and Lipica Shah star in the World Premiere of Assembled Identity, created and directed by 2017 Drama League Resident Director Kristin Marting, at HERE Arts Center in New York City. (© Steven Pisano)

NEXT STAGE RESIDENCIES deeply engage stage directors as full partners in the creative process of theatre-making, and provide the developmental resources to advance their careers. For these directors, we provide a residency stipend, resources, rehearsal space, an open reading, and a process-oriented home to investigate and develop  work with collaborators as they guide a creative journey in a supportive environment.



  • RESIDENCY SPACE    A fixed number of hours of complimentary rehearsal and administrative space, to be used over the course of twelve months, to develop a play, musical, or other work for the stage. 
    (In previous years, Next Stage Residencies have received between 15 and 50 hours of rehearsal and administrative space, commensurate with the needs of their projects.)
  • RESIDENCY STIPEND    A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded.(In previous years, Next Stage Residencies have received between $1500 and $7500 to cover developmental expenses, commensurate with the needs of their projects.)
  • PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP    The artist will receive mentorship from The Drama League Artistic Staff.
  • OPEN SPACE - The artist will receive producorial assistance and marketing support (if appropriate) to present an in-process open rehearsal or reading, to which The Drama League community and the collaborators' network can be invited.

Next Stage Resident Directors must attend a gathering of all supported artists each June, and must hold at least one (1) Open Rehearsal during their residency.  Details for these requirements are included in the application.