The Drama League International Directors Exchange
Made possible with the generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and with the assistance of our partners and friends at Art Office Foundation, The Center for International Theatre Development, and the U.S. Embassies.
The International Directors Exchange provides a wide range of opportunities for directors around the world to share training methodologies, to perform research, to collaborate creatively, and to share production opportunities in multiple nations. Since 2009, The Drama League has supported hundreds of artists in Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States in a globally-focused approach to theatrical understanding and artmaking. As of February 2023, The International Directors Exchange has supported over 112 stage directors and arts leaders, 12 living playwrights, 26 productions, 168 actors, 19 collaborating organizations, and over 500,000 audience members in Belarus, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Drama League International Directing Exchange supports directors at any stage of their professional career. Please see our F.A.Q. page for eligibility questions. Applications are especially welcome from directors who identify as members of populations that have historically been denied equity, access, inclusion or belonging in the field and in society, who have been marginalized, underrepresented, and/or those whose paths to direction may have been nonlinear or nontraditional.
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In November 2009, Philip Arnoult, the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) invited Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director of The Drama League, to be a part of a delegation including Martha Coigney, the legendary leader of the International Theatre Institute/US and Derek Goldman of Georgetown University for an exploratory trip designed to expose American theater professionals to the extensive, vibrant, and cutting-edge theater work happening in Bulgaria, to see if there was potential for future collaborations.