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 developmental resources to advance their developmental work on a play, musical, or theatrical project intended for the stage. For these directors, we provide a residency stipend, mentorship, 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.
NOTE: This Residency is currently slated to begin in June 2021, with periodic 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 Recipient, their collaborators, 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!



  • 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 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.
    .(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 REHEARSAL - The artist will present an in-process open rehearsal or reading, with assistance from Drama League staff, to which The Drama League community and the collaborators' network can be invited.

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.