FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships

THE FUTURENOW
STAGE DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS

A partnership with The Hangar Theatre and TheaterWorksUSA

The FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships allow early-career stage directors to practice their craft and explore directorial leadership. While in residence at the Hangar Theatre, the Fellows direct and produce the second stage season of the company, including productions for adult (The Wedge) and young (Kiddstuff) audiences, with the Hangar Lab Company composed of college actors, designers, and stage managers. At TheaterWorksUSA, the Fellows remount a repertory production for TYA audiences that will tour nationally for the season.  The FutureNow Directing Fellowships offer production experience, career development, mentorship, and intimate access to the processes of major theatrical institutions.

2019 Alum Ismael Lara's production of The Thing I Hold at Hangar Theatre. Photo by Rachel Philipson

The FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowships are for stage directors in the early 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.

Stoo'S Martian-American Gumbo directed by 2020 alum Nicholas Polonio. Photo by Rachel Philipson
2021 Alum Nicolas Polonio's production of Stoo's Martian-American Gumbo at Hangar Theatre. Photo by Rachel Philipson

Fellowship Outline

Fellowship Duration

Approximately 14 Weeks
Hangar: May-August
TWUSA: September-October
or December-January

Fellowship Frequency

Offered every year

Fellowship Recipients

Three recipients each cycle

Scholarship Prize

$10,000 plus additional TWUSA Remount Directing Fee, consistent with applicable SDC CBA negotiated by TWUSA

Health Insurance Reimbursement

Up to $1,500

Fellowship Timeline

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 Drama League Alumni Programming and Events
  • Lifetime Drama League Artistic Membership
  • Opportunity to serve as a Drama League Awards Nominator for the length of the Fellowship Period
The 2021 Hangar Fellows: Nicolas Polonio, Cara Hinh, Jasmine B. Gunter, and Christian Avila. Photo by Rachel Philipson

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

About the Partners

The Drama League FutureNow Directing Fellowship is a partnership between The Drama League of New York, Inc. (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director; Bevin Ross, Executive Director), The Hangar Theatre (Shirley Serotsky, Artistic Director), and TheaterWorksUSA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director).

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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 www.dramaleague.org.

About the Hangar Theatre

The Hangar Theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd., north of Ithaca on Route 89 on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Originally opened as a summer theatre in 1975, the Hangar is home to the Hangar Theatre Company and serves as a venue for a variety of performing artists and community organizations. The Hangar Theatre Company offers professional theatrical productions throughout the year and a renowned education program.

Hangar Mission

The Hangar Theatre creates and presents performances of exceptional quality in New York’s Finger Lakes region while training the next generation of theatre artists.  We inspire our community with work and classes that enrich, entertain, and enlighten. We believe in the power of theatre to transform lives.

TheaterWorksUSA has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York City and across North America for over half a century. At TWUSA, we believe that access to art—and theater, in particular—is vital for our youth. Since 1961, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 140 original plays and musicals. Acclaimed alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Disney’s Frozen), Jerry Zaks (The Music Man), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), and Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America). Prior to suspending live production due to the pandemic, TWUSA’s 19-20 season included touring eleven shows around the country, the Broadway premiere of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, and three world premieres: Warriors Don’t Cry, based on the autobiography of Melba Patillo Beals; Dog Man: The Musical Off-Broadway; and The Pout-Pout Fish, which opened the New Victory Theater’s season in October 2019. Visit www.TWUSA.org for more information.