Current Directing Fellows


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Welcome to the extraordinary stage directors participating in The Drama League's Fellowships and Residencies.  Chosen from 600 applicants, these extraordinary artists will lead the productions, performances, and future of the American theater.


New York Directing Fellows



CRISTINA ANGELES is an Afrolatina director, writer, and theater maker whose mission is to create empathy and conversation by directing new plays, musicals, and socially conscious adaptations of classics that place women of color at the forefront. Cristina is the Founding Artistic Director of Checkmark Productions, an NYC-based company dedicated to underrepresented artists and the telling of their stories, as well as a Drama League Directing Fellow. She was previously awarded the 2019-20 Roundabout Directing Fellowship, and has participated in the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, the SDCF Observership Program, and has assisted at New York Theatre Workshop and The Public Theater. Select credits include DREAM HOU$E by Eliana Pipes (2019 Leah Ryan Prize, 2019 O’Neill Finalist), directed by Cristina at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, and “Toni,” a digital series inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette, written and created by Cristina. www.CristinaAngeles.com



SIGNE V. HARRIDAY is a director, multidisciplinary artist, and activist using theatre as a catalyst to ask questions about who we are, and who we are in relation to others. Co-founder of MaMa mOsAiC, a women of color theater company whose mission is to evoke positive social change through female centered work. Co-founder of Million Artist Movement, a collective of artists committed to Black liberation. Co-founder of the award-winning synchronized swimming team, The Subversive Sirens. Associate Company Member of Pillsbury House Theatre. She earned her MFA in Acting at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Moscow Art Theatre. Recent credits: The Agitators, Hidden Heroes, and assisting on Floyd’s. Current projects: Associate Director of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Director of Supadupa Kid, Choreography for Love of Silver Water. She splits her time between NYC and Minnesota. www.SigneHarriday.com



TAYLOR HAVEN HOLT is a New York-based director, choreographer, and recently the Resident Director on the First National Tour of Hamilton. Select directing: Urinetown (Steinhardt), All of My Blood by Robert Norman (Corkscrew Theatre Festival), My Only Friend is Jesse... by Cary Gitter (EST), Balloon Boy by Billy Recce (Green Room 42 / NYMF), The Battle of Coney Island by David Jacobi (Theater Masters, Aspen; NYC), (un)real by Elizabeth Lee (Gene Frankel). Select associate/assistant directing: Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour (Lyric Theater), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (First National Tour), Hand to God (Booth Theater; MCC), Murder Ballad (Union Square Theater; MTC), Boy George’s Taboo (Brixton Club House, London). Adjunct Professor: Vocal Performance Program at NYU’s Steinhardt. SDC Associate and two-time SDC Observership Recipient. BA/MA: NYU. www.TaylorHavenHolt.com



CAIT ROBINSON is a New York-based theater director. Recent productions include The Clean House at Portland Stage Company, Pinocchio at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Proclamation: World Sick and Proclamation: Unite at American Repertory Theater, and Gidion’s Knot and False Flag (world premiere) at Dramatic Repertory Company. Cait has directed workshops at Cincinnati Playhouse, A.R.T., Portland Stage, The Lark, and New Repertory Theater, among others. She spent two years as the Senior Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse, and is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SDCF Observership, Directors Lab West, American Conservatory Theater fellowship, Portland Stage Company internship, Celebration Barn Theater, and Bowdoin College. Associate member, SDC. www.Cait-Robinson.com



Classical Directing Fellow



EMMA ROSA WENT is a Brooklyn-based theatre director. New York work includes: Initiative (Playwright's Realm, Ink'd Fest), Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field! (The Tank), Much Ado About Nothing (The Brick), and work at Dixon Place, Trans Lab at WP, The Access Theatre, LPAC Lab, and other venues. Regional/other: As You Like It, Richard III (Scranton Shakespeare Festival), Campfire Festival at Boise Contemporary Theatre, Barn Arts. Assisting includes: Measure for Measure (TFANA), Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), The Jammer (Atlantic). Previously: SDCF Observership, OSF FAIR Program, Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellow. Currently: Resident Artist at Town Stages. Co-founder of The Renovationists and Easy Leap Theatre Company. SDC Associate Member. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. www.EmmaWent.com



TV/Film Directing Fellow



DESDEMONA CHIANG Regional (selected): Hold These Truths (People's Light Theatre Company, Malvern, PA); Snow White, The Journal of Ben Uchida (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Vietgone (Alley Theatre, Houston); White Pearl (Studio Theatre, Washington DC); The Great Leap (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis); M Butterfly (South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa); The Winter’s Tale (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland); Pride and Prejudice (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); King of the Yees (Baltimore CenterStage / ACT Theatre, Seattle); As You Like It (California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley); Constellations (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Crucible, We Are Proud to Present…, 4,000 Miles, Hairspray (Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill); Smart People (Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven);  The Comedy of Errors (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA). Awards/Honors (selected): 2019 Princess Grace Award, 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, 2013 SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, 2011 Drama League Directing Fellowship. Unions/Affiliations: Member of SDC. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama. www.DesdemonaChiang.com



2021 Fellows:


Hangar Directing Fellows



CHRISTIAN ÁVILA is a director, playwright, and activist based in New York City. Recent credits include ​Dark Yes (with Richard Schechner), Electability, Debates (Theatre in Asylum), Masseur (Dream-Up Festival), ​Daddy’s Boy (Theater for the New City), Chasing the Dream (Columbia University), Big Love, Alice, ​Falling in Line (PTC), Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, On Stage in ​20 Questions, and ​Last Unicorn (TDPS, Berkeley), and on-screen as Host and Co-Creator of “Club TV” in San Francisco. Christian is a founding member of Back to Work Collective, which created the “Feminist Flashmob” performed at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. He holds an M.A. in Theater from LIU Post and an undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley. He has trained with Stan Lai, Anne Bogart, SITI Company, and Richard Schechner.  www.ChristianAvila.com




JASMINE B. GUNTER is the 2019-20 artistic apprentice at Hartford Stage, and a proud associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel (SUNY Brockport), Lines in the Dust (Geva Theatre Center), Reroute (24 Hour Plays: Nationals). Assistant directing: Nina Simone: Four Women (Arena Stage), In the Heights (Seattle Rep), Quixote Nuevo (Hartford Stage/Huntington Theatre Company), and The Luckiest People (Actors Theatre of Charlotte/NNPN). As well as being a freelance director, Jasmine has a wealth of experience as a teaching artist. She taught for the Berkshire Theatre Group and the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse NY.  www.JasmineBGunter.weebly.com





NICHOLAS POLONIO is a Filipino-sourced, American-born, Chinese-bred theater director based in Brooklyn, NY. He has adapted and directed works including Late Fame: A History Play, A Phoenix Too Frequent, We are Wombats!, and The 100 Most Beautiful Names of Todd. As an Assistant Director, he has worked on and off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally for directors including Robert O’Hara, Tatiana Mallarino, and Bill Buckhurst. Nicholas is an alum of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, the Young Vic Genesis Directors Program, and the Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe. He was a 2016 National YoungArts Finalist in Spoken Theater, and received his BFA in Acting from Rutgers Mason-Gross School of the Arts.  www.NicholasPolonio.com




Public Works Fellow



TATYANA-MARIE CARLO Regional/Other: Fade, Tanta Bulla…¿Y pa que?, and La Tempestad (Trinity Rep, Rhode Island); References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot and She Kills Monsters (Pell Chafee Performance Center, Rhode Island); Real Women Have Curves and Clybourne Park (Mainstreet Players, Miami). Assistant Director: A Seat at the Table (Rites and Reason Theater), Song of Summer (Trinity Rep), Orlando and Soft (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts). Awards/Honors: 2020 MFA Directing Candidate (Brown University), 2019 Matt Harris Directing Fellow (Williamstown Theatre Festival). SDC. www.TatyanaMarieCarlo.com