About The Drama League
The Drama League advances the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors and a platform for dialogue with, and between, audiences.
The Drama League helps artists and audiences in the following areas:
The Drama League opens doors for exceptional stage directors by providing time, resources, and space to work without restriction, while augmenting skills through personalized training, production opportunities, and professional development. The Drama League carefully selects directors whose vision and talent are unparalleled, with a clear commitment to the craft, the field, and audiences. Through our work, The Drama League celebrates the important role theatergoers have to the future of the industry, and champions the impact theater plays in civic life.The Drama League breaks the formidable barriers that impede success in the arts. We actively work to create a cultural landscape where every artist is considered on their merits. In doing so, we take action to support directors who have traditionally been denied equitable opportunities, including on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. We commit to employing anti-racist practices in our work and programs.
- Position creativity as a powerful engine for change.
- Embrace artistic risk-taking, innovation and surprise — mistakes inspire solutions.
- Insist on the conditions for artists and audiences to engage with thoughtfulness, care, openness, and empathy.
- Strive to communicate openly and honestly, and expect others to do so as well.
- Actively foster and advance an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive environment in our programs and on our team, especially lifting up BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists who have historically been marginalized and victimized in our field and our society.
- Seek to inspire through service, and create opportunity for those in our communities to engage, learn, grow, and prosper.
Anti Racist Commitments
The present was an egg
laid by the past
that had the future inside its shell.
Zora Neale Hurston
As we together reckon with the insidious forces of racism in our world – compounded by pandemic, climate change, authoritarianism, and economic devastation – we are reminded of Zora Neale Hurston’s prophetic words. This is our present, but it has been made by our past, and it informs how we move forward to a more just, equitable, and anti-racist future. Today and every day, we join our members, artists, and all people of conscience in standing against the forces of bigotry and racism. We have a long way to go in this fight, but as Ms. Hurston observed, the future will be born from the actions we take today.
To the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and the incalculable number who have lost loved ones at the hands of racist violence: we see you, support you, and stand with you. Black lives matter. They always have, and they always will. At The Drama League, our mission and core values are to lift up and support artists for the theater community, to celebrate audiences whose lives are enriched by what artists create on stage. For many years, we have dedicated ourselves to anti-racist practices in our work, and we recommit every day to those values and practices. We will continue to align theater as a tool to uplift voices that need to be heard, so that we all may connect, challenge, and create a better, more just world.
The Board, Artists, Volunteers, Patrons and Staff of The Drama League stand in solidarity against racism and hate. The future has yet to be written.