Fellowships & Residencies


The Drama League Fellowships are career-transforming opportunities for stage directors focusing on creative learning, skill building, and career development.


An umbrella of initiatives designed to support, hone, and incubate director-led projects for the stage, utilizing the resources of the Drama League Theater Center in downtown New York City.
Applications open soon for the 2022/2023 Cycle.


New York Fellowship

A career accelerator program for extraordinary emerging stage directors, the 10-month program includes an immersion in industry-focused development, creative skill-building, and an opportunity to present their work to the field as part of DirectorFest, the nation’s preeminent festival highlighting rising directorial talent.

Hangar Fellowship

A partnership with the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY)
An intensive practicum in artistic direction, leadership skills and creative abilities, the Fellows serve collectively as artistic leaders of the Lab Company for the summer season at the Hangar Theatre, staging plays in the second stage and TYA seasons of the company.

Classical Fellowship

A partnership with Red Bull Theater (New York, NY)
How do we revisit history for today’s audiences?¬† This¬†Fellowship brings directors intimately inside the nationally-renowned Red Bull Theater, acclaimed for re-imagining classic texts in ways that meet our moment.¬† The program culminates as the Fellow directs in Red Bull’s acclaimed Revelation Series.

Leo Shull Musical Fellowship

A partnership with New York Stage & Film (Poughkeepsie, NY), and funded in part by The Leo Shull Charitable Fund. 
A career development opportunity for directors specifically interested in exploring techniques involved in the creation, staging, and execution of musicals. 

Public Works Fellowship

A partnership with Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX)
A one-of-a-kind journey for a director interested in community engagement and participatory theater, this Fellowship assists on a massive theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members.  

TV/Film Fellowship

Mid-career stage directors, historically limited access to opportunities in the film and television industries, are offered an opportunity to shadow a director on a major television project to observe the craft as practiced in these sister disciplines, and to expand their networks to support a wide range of career possibility.  

Residency Programs

Next Stage Residency

For generative directors — those actively involved in the creation of text or other foundational elements of theatre-making, Next Stage provides funding and resources to advance their developmental work on a play, musical, or theatrical project intended for the stage.

photo from "I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart"

Beatrice Terry Residency

Designed exclusively for women-identified artists, trans artists, and/or nonbinary artists who both write AND direct their own work, this opportunity is named for the acclaimed director-writer Beatrice Terry, whose career on and off-Broadway epitomized the duality at the core of this residency.

Impact Residency

A partnership with the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (New York, NY)
Supporting directors whose work takes place inside the frame of an ensemble company, using a devised methodology to create new works for the stage, the Impact Residency gives the director time, space, resources, and technical support to develop a new work with the ensemble.