First Stage Residency

The cast and creative team of Endangered Species, by Nilan Johnson. Directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad. 


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).



Designed for artists at the very beginning of a new project, the FIRST STAGE Residency is meant to begin an initial exploration or investigation of an idea, concept, or early pages for a new play, musical, devised work, or other creative process that will eventually lead to a new theatrical work. 

The FIRST STAGE Residency includes:


Ten (10) hours for rehearsal and experimentation will be awarded to each FIRST STAGE Resident Artist, in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.


A $200 stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded to each Resident Artist.


Applications are now closed. 

Any questions can be directed to residency@dramaleague.org