In very loose, general terms, we think of an Early-Career Director as someone who has:
- Worked as a director in a professional or semi-professional capacity for roughly 1-6 years;
- Not directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or a LORT A+, A, B+, B, C, or D theatre
- Completed fewer than five directing assistantships
A Mid-Career Director, then, might be someone who has:
- Worked as a director in a professional or semi-professional capacity for roughly 5-12 years;
- Not directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or a LORT A+ theatre
- Completed fewer than seven directing assistantships
And an Established Director would be anyone who has done more than that. 🙂 We understand these guidelines, even as general as they are, are not incredibly effective when elucidating the needs of artists. Just because you’ve worked consistently for ten years does not mean, for instance, that opportunity has come your way; similarly, directors who have only been working a few years may have moved quickly to big opportunities, and not need the same things their peers need. In truth, every individual comes to directing on their own individual path; to speak with Drama League staff about your specific experience and its appropriateness for any specific opportunity, please email email@example.com with your questions.
Applications - General Questions
Yes. Applicants must have directed at least three non-collegiate stage productions, and cannot be enrolled in any university undergraduate or graduate degree program during the program’s period of support.