The Drama League TV & Film Directing Fellowships


The Drama League TV and Film Directing Fellowships are a two-year opportunity for mid-career stage directors interested in expanding their work to include film and television.  The program offers learning opportunities, on-set experience, introduction to film/tv mentors and professionals, and the opportunity to direct a short film that will premiere as part of DirectorFest before being submitted to festivals.

Set photo from 2019 Fellow Jaki Bradley's shadow directing assignment, an episode of NBC's "Council of Dads."

The Drama League TV and Film Directing Fellowships are for stage directors in the middle stages of their professional career.  Please see our F.A.Q. page for eligibility questions.  Applications are encouraged from directors who identify as members of populations that have historically been denied equity, access, inclusion or belonging in the field and in society, who have been marginalized, underrepresented, and/or those whose paths to direction may have been nonlinear or nontraditional. 

This Fellowship program is meant to provide a unique experience for a director who is a working director in the professional theatre industry, but seeks early first experiences in the related industries of television and film.

2018 Alum Mia Walker assistant directed an episode of "For the People" on ABC as part of her fellowship.

Fellowship Outline

Fellowship Duration

22 Months (not continuous)
May 2022-March 2024

Fellowship Frequency

Offered every other year (2022, 2024, etc.)

Fellowship Recipients

Two recipients each cycle

Scholarship Prize

$20,000 ($10,000 per year)

Health Insurance Reimbursement

Up to $10,000 ($5,000 per year)

Fellowship Timeline

Year One

Click each month for program details

Year Two

Click each month for program details

Additional Benefits

  • Travel and housing expenses for some program activities
    (see program description for details)
  • VIP Pass to all publicly offered Drama League programming during Fellowship
  • Access to Alumni Programming and Events
  • Peer-to-peer Mentorship from established director
  • Lifetime Drama League Artistic Membership
  • Opportunity to serve as a Drama League Awards Nominator for the length of the Fellowship Period
2021 Fellow Desdemona Chiang was the shadow director on an episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

You may find your answer on our F.A.Q. page for artists, 
which includes information about eligibility, application materials, and more. 


The Drama League Fellowships are career-transforming opportunities for stage directors focusing on creative learning, skill building, and career development.


The Drama League Residencies develop and incubate director-led projects for live performances, utilizing the resources of The Drama League in New York City.

About the Drama League

The Drama League is a home for stage directors, and a platform for dialogue with, and between, the audiences they inspire.  Founded in 1916, the organization is one of the longest-running, continuously operating arts service organizations in the United States.  To support its programs for artists, or to become a member of its community, please visit