In very loose, general terms, we think of an Early-Career Director as someone who has:
- Worked as a director in a professional or semi-professional capacity for roughly 1-6 years;
- Not directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or a LORT A+, A, B+, B, C, or D theatre
- Completed fewer than five directing assistantships
A Mid-Career Director, then, might be someone who has:
- Worked as a director in a professional or semi-professional capacity for roughly 5-12 years;
- Not directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or a LORT A+ theatre
- Completed fewer than seven directing assistantships
And an Established Director would be anyone who has done more than that. 🙂 We understand these guidelines, even as general as they are, are not incredibly effective when elucidating the needs of artists. Just because you’ve worked consistently for ten years does not mean, for instance, that opportunity has come your way; similarly, directors who have only been working a few years may have moved quickly to big opportunities, and not need the same things their peers need. In truth, every individual comes to directing on their own individual path; to speak with Drama League staff about your specific experience and its appropriateness for any specific opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Applications - General Questions
Yes. Applicants must have directed at least three non-collegiate stage productions, and cannot be enrolled in any university undergraduate or graduate degree program during the program’s period of support.
All of our applications require your legal name, address, telephone number, and email address. In addition, you’ll be asked to provide your pronouns, a headshot or professional photo of yourself, your professional website, a URL link to samples of your directing work (either photos or videos), and two professional references. You will also have to submit a number of short essays answering various questions related to your directing. For the Directing Residencies, which develop new works, you’ll also need to upload work samples of the script, and have the permission from the author to apply.
We generally review Fellowship and Assistantship applications from January-April each year, and Residency applications from March-May. Notifications for Fellowships and Assistantships are usually (but not always) in April; Residencies follow soon after.
To be fair to all applicants, there will not be a deadline extension. We suggest finishing your application and submitting it at least 72 hours before the deadline.
Drama League Stage Directing Fellowship
Film & TV Directing Fellowship
FutureNow Stage Directing Fellowship
The scholarship prize for this opportunity is broken into two parts. Over the first period, from May to August, the first amount is paid in equal disbursements (note that one of the weeks is in mid-May, the others will be over the summer). Additionally, TheaterWorksUSA will also hire you on a contract, under their Collectively Bargained Agreement (CBA) with SDC, to direct a remount production for tour in either fall or winter. The amount of that will be determined at a later date.
Beatrice Terry Directing Residency
Great question! The residency begins with the writing process, and ends with the Open Rehearsal presentation of the piece directed as an in-progress reading. We respect, however, that directors work at different paces, so we’ll work with you to make sure your distribution of rehearsal hours support your particular process of creation as a writer-director. The entire process must begin in July, and the reading completed by the following May…but within that year, we’ll work with you to create a timeline that’s most effective for you!
The Beatrice Terry Residency is designed for early or mid-career stage directors who identify as writer-directors… who most often write the productions that they also direct. While anyone who identifies in this manner is welcome and encouraged to apply, it is our hope that this dual focus is a longtime, integral part of your artistry.
We get this question more often than one might expect. The Beatrice Terry Residency is intended for those who primarily or exclusively identify as female. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and we welcome trans women, cis women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who female-identify. The Residency seeks to make space and resources for these communities, who often encounter additional barriers when they choose to both write and direct their work simultaneously. While we accept applications from everyone, of course, we ask that you consider the legacy of sexism, misogyny, transphobia, and bias that have historically plagued the arts sector, and our attempts to counter those forces specifically in this opportunity.
Next Stage Directing Residency
The idea behind the Next Stage Directing Residency is to assist in that sometimes-difficult middle section of a piece’s development — that period when the piece is past its genesis, but needs deep thought, refinement and interrogation by artists before it is ready to be produced. Simply put, we’re hoping to take your piece to the “next stage” of its journey, in a director-led, rehearsal-based developmental workshop that follows the questions and impulses of the director.
At The Drama League, we’re deep believers in the idea that community is key to artistic endeavor, and that providing a moment of open interaction in a developmental process can provide crucial insights for the creators and joyful discovery for everyone involved. We’ll work with all recipients to make sure the moment of open rehearsal is safe, supportive, enjoyable, and art-forward.