The Impact Residency

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THE IMPACT RESIDENCY - a partnership with The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

Vasilia Drebova and Vincent Santvoord performing in "Under Water", a co-production between Built4Collapse and Studio Theatre Vox Populi supported by The Drama League, in its premiere at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 2016. 

The IMPACT RESIDENCY exclusively supports directors whose work takes place inside the frame of an ensemble company, using a devised methodology to create new works for the stage. A partnership with the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Queens, the Impact Residency gives the director time, space, financial resources, and technical support to create a new devised work with the ensemble.


NOTE: The Drama League has already selected the 2021 Recipient for the Impact Residency.  The 2022 application cycle will open in September 2021.



  • REHEARSAL SPACE    Up to 80 hours of rehearsal time in one of the theaters at LPAC in Long Island City, and an additional 20 hours of rehearsal space/administrative planning time at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.
  • RESIDENCY STIPEND    The director will receive $10,000 as 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.
  • PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP    The artist will receive periodic mentorship from LPAC and Drama League artistic staff.
  • WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS    The director and the ensemble must present a work-in-progress showing of some kind at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center during one of its annual LPAC Rough Draft Festivals.  An additional 10 hours of rehearsal time, with technical support, will be available for this period.  There is also the possibility of staging the premiere of the work at LPAC.

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.