The Television and Film Directing Fellowships


The Drama League Television and Film Directing Fellowships are an opportunity for mid-career stage directors interested in expanding their work to include film and television.  The program offers learning opportunities, on-set experience, and introductions to film/tv mentors and professionals.

The trailer for the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Disney+/Nat Geo series “A Small Light.” 2022 Drama League Television and Film Fellows NJ Agwuna and Justin Emeka served as shadow directors on five of the eight episodes in Prague and Amsterdam.

Please see our F.A.Q. page for eligibility questions.  This program deeply encourages applications from early-career stage directors who self-identify as Global Majority, Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latine (Latino/Latina), AAPI (Asian-American/Pacific Islander), Indigenous, MENASA (Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian), Biracial persons, Mixed-Identity persons, Persons of Color, and/or people of historically marginalized communities. Applicants currently enrolled in a program of higher learning will not be considered until after it is completed. Applications are welcome from directors whose paths to direction may have been nonlinear or nontraditional.    

Set photo from 2019 Fellow Jaki Bradley's shadow directing assignment, an episode of NBC's "Council of Dads."

Fellowship Outline

Fellowship Duration

Four to Six Weeks (continuous)

Fellowship Frequency

Offered every year

Fellowship Recipients


Scholarship Prize

$850/week to cover on-location shadow directing assignment expenses, not to exceed six weeks ($3400-$5100 total, depending on weeks)

Health Insurance Reimbursement

Up to $1,500

Fellowship Timeline

Additional Benefits

  • Travel and housing expenses for some program activities
    (see Fellowship Timeline for details)
  • VIP Pass to all publicly offered Drama League programming during Fellowship
  • Access to Alumni Programming and Events
  • Peer-to-peer Mentorship from established director
  • Lifetime Drama League Artistic Membership
  • Opportunity to serve as a Drama League Awards Nominator for the length of the Fellowship Period
2021 Fellow Desdemona Chiang was the shadow director on an episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

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.

About the Drama League

The Drama League is a creative and career development home for directors, and a platform for dialogue with, and between, the audiences they inspire in theater, film, television, online, and anywhere live performance is found.  Launched in 1916, The Drama League is one of the longest continuously-operating arts service organizations in the United States.  To be a part of our community supporting future generations of artists, please visit