Staff

Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Artistic Director

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Executive Director

Bevin Ross

Artistic

Associate Artistic Director Nilan's headshot

Associate Artistic Director

Nilan

Artistic Line Producer

Ali Skye Bennet

Artistic Coordinator

Patrick Anthony Surillo

Development

Development Manager

Helen O'Rourke

Administration

Office Manager

Mike Teele

Marketing

Marketing & Communications Director

Melissa Pelkey

Membership Manager

Olivia Ragan

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Media Associate

Emily Lyon

Board

President

Vice Presidents

Secretary

Treasurer

Artistic Director

Executive Director

BONNIE COMLEY

JOSEPH PIZZA,
ARTHUR POBER 

DONNA DANIELS

TONY BENTEN

GABRIEL STELIAN-SHANKS 

BEVIN ROSS

LESLIE FELDMAN
IRENE GANDY
SARAH HUTTON
KIRK IWANOWSKI
UNA JACKMAN
MARY JAIN
PAULA KAMINSKY DAVIS
STAN PONTE
TOWNSEND TEAGUE
JOHN ALAN TURNER
NICOLE A. WATSON
KUMIKO YOSHII

Directors Council

The Drama League Directors Council was formed as a way to further embed artists in the decision-making process of our organization, establish peer-to-peer mentorship for Fellowship recipients, and have the nation’s leading directors guide programming as we expand our mission to support directors and lead in re-emergence strategies for Broadway and the American theater industry.

Alumni

Since 1984, The Drama League has supported directors’ careers. Our fellowships and residencies have developed numerous artists, many of whom are now Artistic Directors, working on Broadway, or otherwise leading the field. Click below the list of artists who have passed through our doors.

Employment

The Drama League is seeking the following roles:

The Drama League seeks an artistic-minded Production Manager with festival experience, who has a knack for gentle guidance, creative solutions, and working within complex schedules in multiple venues simultaneously. The Production Manager will work alongside the Drama League’s full-time Artistic Line Producer, and will serve as a true Thought Partner to collaborate on the successful execution of this annual festival, now in its 37th year.

ABOUT US:
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. As the leading career development organization for theater directors, the Drama League offers hands-on instruction, mentorship, opportunities, and work experience with established professionals. We identify talented directors through a rigorous national selection process with outside theater luminaries, and provide them with the skills, experiences, and contacts they need to bridge the gap between training and professional success.

The Drama League’s DirectorFestis a multi-week, city-wide festival focusing on the art of contemporary stage directing. The 2022 festival includes four fully-staged one-acts (one musical and three plays), a reading of a classical play (co-produced with Red Bull Theatre), discussion panels, workshops, and conversations with America’s most notable directors. DirectorFest is the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. The fellows featured in DirectorFest join the ranks of the illustrious 350+ alumni of The Drama League Directors Project, including Tony® Award winners Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Rebecca Taichman (Indecent), Michael Mayer (Burn This), Pam MacKinnon (The Parisian Woman), John Rando (On The Town), Tony Award nominees Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), Moritz von Steulpnagel (Bernhardt/Hamlet), Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), as well as Lila Neugebauer (The Waverly Gallery), Anne Kauffman (Marvin’s Room), Arin Arbus (Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune), to name only a few.

THE JOB:
● We are looking for a Production Manager who is collaborative in spirit and creative in execution, with a passion (and the patience) for guiding and mentoring early-career directors.
● We need a Production Manager who can think about the Festival wholistically — not just show by show — who is comfortable working closely and artistically in collaboration with the Producer and Designers to keep the budgetary limitations and the physical space in mind, as well as the challenges inherent to a festival schedule.
● The ideal candidate can quickly and seamlessly adapt to changing circumstances, and has the capacity to think through multiple iterations of the festival simultaneously.
● Must possess exceptional skills in budgeting and budget-management, expense tracking, contracting,
coordinating labor and technical crews and overseeing their timesheets, placing equipment orders/deliveries, supervising production staff (including serving as the direct-report for the TD, Associate PM, and PAs), highly detailed scheduling, and time management.
● The ideal candidate will be familiar with the production software Propared, and/or willing to learn the platform prior to hire.
● Applicants must be available during the main production period (roughly January 8 – February 8, 2022), although presence on-site will not be required every day.
● In collaboration with the Producer and other relevant staff/designers, the Production Manager will be responsible for hiring the Technical Director, the Associate PM, Production Assistants, Deck Carp, Wardrobe Supervisor, Master Electrician, Board Operator(s), and Labor crews as needed (electricians, carpenters, audio, painters).
● The PM will also participate in select sessions during “Professionals Week,” held in September for the Directing Fellows. In addition to a tour of the theater, the Directors will present their directorial concept “pitches” in order to open a dialogue about their plans, ideas, script analysis, design, marketing, etc., and to alert the PM and Producer about any extraordinary budgetary/design considerations.

THE FESTIVAL:
● DirectorFest 2022 will present a one-act musical and 3 one-act plays, performed in pairs (on double-bills) and directed by The Drama League’s 2021 New York and Musical Directing Fellows.
● While each play has its own director, cast, and stage manager, the Festival has ONE team of designers and production staff working on all four shows, which perform in ART/NY’s Gural Theater in Hell’s Kitchen.
● Each show has 10-14 rehearsal days (5 hours each), 2-3 tech rehearsals (8 hrs max per day), and 4 performances.
● All Design meetings, Production meetings, and Designer Runs will be held remotely until load-in on Jan. 10, 2022.
● We are choosing to prioritize compensation and a humane work schedule, over grandiose production values.
○ The design budget is limited, and we are okay with the production values reflecting that.
○ The scale/scope of design can be equivalent to a polished Off-Off-Broadway production or workshop.
○ There will be no scenic builds or constructed walls — the scenic design will incorporate found elements only.
○ Every show will use the same stage/audience configuration and lighting plot — lights will only need refocusing, not re-hanging.

THE TIMELINE:
● (if avail) September 15 at 9am: tour of The Gural Theater with Directors
● (if avail) September 20 at 2-6pm: Directors practice their concept”pitches” and receive feedback from the PM and Drama League artistic team; PM and Artistic Line Producer lead a session on DirectorFest Expectations.
● Sept. 21 – Oct. 3: Directors have preliminary one-on-one meetings with the festival Designers.
● Week of October 4: Design Meeting #1
● Week of November 1: Design Meeting #2
○ Designs are Due and Approved on various dates throughout November
○ Auditions & Callbacks are held throughout November
● Week of November 29: Production Meeting #1
● Week of December 16-21 (weekdays only): Production Meeting #2
● Week of December 27: Rehearsals Begin (Musical/Play A)
○ December 30: Company Meet & Greet
● January 8: Designer Runs & Production Meeting #3 (Musical/Play A)
○ Tech schedule is confirmed
● January 10-11, 2022: Load into ART/NY Theaters
● January 12-18: Tech + Final Dress (Musical/Play A)
○ Jan. 13: Rehearsals Begin (Play B/Play C) + Company Meet & Greet
● January 19-22: Performances (Musical/Play A)
○ January 19: Opening Night Party
○ January 21: Designer Runs & Production Meeting #3 (Play B/Play C)
● January 23-25: Changeover to Play B/Play C
● January 26 – February 1: Tech + Final Dress (Play B/Play C)
● February 2-5: Performances (Play B/Play C)
○ February 2: Opening Night Party
● February 5-6: Final strike, Load-out of Theater
● February 8-13: Returns, Restore Space, and Receipt Reconciliation — all returns are made, and financial reports with accompanying receipts are turned in to the Artistic Line Producer.
Click here for the current rough draft of the Rehearsal, Tech, and Performance calendar (subject to change).

FEE & TEAM:
● PM compensation is $6,000 for the period of time encompassing pre-production, the festival, and reconciliation (November 29, 2021 – February 11, 2022)
● Plus $900 in “consultation fees”, paid in $300 monthly installments from Sept-Nov, 2021.
● The Production Management team will include an Associate PM, a TD, and 2 PAs, all of whom will report to and be supervised by the Production Manager.

Interviews will begin immediately and will be held via Zoom. We aim to fill this position by September 13th, but
will continue to interview qualified candidates until the right candidate is found.

To apply, please contact The Drama League’s Artistic Line Producer, Ali Skye Bennet, at asbennet@dramaleague.org, and include a cover letter (clearly indicating you’ve reviewed the position expectations and complete festival calendar), a resume, 2-3 professional references (including the capacity in which you worked with those references), and where you heard about the position. No phone calls please.

The Drama League is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internships

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