Beatrice Terry Residency


The Drama League Directing Residencies are designed to support the interrogative process of a director creating theater or other work that includes live performance.  The residencies offer financial support for a developmental process, rehearsal and administrative space, dramaturgical/mentor support from The Drama League artistic staff, and the opportunity to present the findings of the process publicly.  The Drama League is not and will not be the producer of the project, nor 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.

The Beatrice Terry Residency is designed for early or mid-career stage directors who are ALSO the writers of their own work; that is, artists that identify as writer-directors, who most often write the productions that they direct.  The residency supports the interrogative process; it offers a stipend to support the writing of the work and the production of a workshop; thirty hours of rehearsal time to develop the script; and a final open rehearsal or staged reading for a public audience.

The Beatrice Terry Residency is open to women and nonbinary people. The Residency seeks to make space and resources for this community, who often encounter barriers as creators when they choose to both write and direct simultaneously.

This residency is named for Drama League alumnus Beatrice Terry, who pioneered her own approach to theatrical creation during her lifetime, as a writer and director of her own work in a male-dominated field.
Nicole Spiezio and Tommy Heleringer in the 2016 Beatrice Terry Residency Project, Morgan Gould's I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, which had its world premiere at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Residency Outline


30 Hours of Rehearsal in The Drama League Theater Center, NYC
Up to three additional hours for Open Rehearsal/Staged Reading


Offered every year


One recipient each cycle


(can be paid directly or used for expenses)

Program Timeline

Additional Benefits

  • Access To Drama League Alumni Programming and Events
  • Lifetime Drama League Artistic Membership
  • VIP Pass to all publicly offered Drama League programming during Fellowship

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.
2017 Beatrice Terry Resident Shakina Nayfack's play, Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club, premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival and was subsequently produced by Audible.

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