Next Stage Residency
Applications Open Now
Deadline: March 1, 2024
The Drama League Directing Residencies are designed to support the interrogative process of a director creating work that includes live performance. The residencies offer financial support for a multi-stage developmental process, rehearsal and administrative space, mentor support from the artistic staff of the partner companies, and the opportunity to share the findings of the process publicly.
The Next Stage Directing Residency is designed for early and mid-career directors to support a work they are attached to for possible future production — either a project they are directing, or one in which they are also a generative creator in other aspects (director-writer, director-designer, etc.).
The Residency will include three phases: pre-workshop planning with Drama League staff; creative exploration for five days with a company of up to four (4) additional collaborators at New York Stage and Film’s Summer Season in Poughkeepsie, NY; and a continued, later exploration of that work in New York City, resulting in either an open rehearsal or public reading. The Drama League and/or its partners will not be the producers of the project, nor producers of any public or private event in conjunction with this residency; the recipient is responsible for all production, contracting/hiring, or other needs in this regard.
Applications are especially welcome 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 includes, but is not limited to, Black, Indigenous, Latine (Latino/Latina), AAPI (Asian-American/Pacific Islander), MENASA (Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian), Biracial, Mixed-Race, Global Majority, LGBTQIAA2+, non-binary directors, disabled, and/or immigrant directors or directors not born in the United States.
Please see our F.A.Q. page for eligibility questions
Offered every year
One recipient each cycle
Recipient receives $5,000 to cover expenses related to the Residency. Collaborating artists receive per diems as detailed in the timeline below.
Please click on each date below for program timeline and details.
The Recipient meets with Drama League staff to prepare for the process ahead, including script development, casting, and other elements.
- Access To Drama League Alumni Programming and Events
- Lifetime Drama League Artistic Membership
- VIP Pass to all publicly offered Drama League programming during Fellowship