Directors Project Fellowship Applications NOW OPEN!

January 12, 2017 / Application Deadline February 13


Applications are now open for the 2017 Directors Project Fellowships, the award-winning career development programs for emerging stage directors.

With this announcement comes news of a ground-breaking new initiative, The Fellowship for Directing in Film and Television, which is brand new this year. This opportunity will allow unprecedented access for emerging stage directors to shadow on film and television projects, and has been developed in conjunction with Directors Project alumnus Tony Phelan, the co-creator of NBC Television's new series "Doubt" starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, and a former producer of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' "Madam Secretary."

"This opportunity is a game-changer for theatre directors," said our Program Director, Sherri Eden Barber. "This level of access to the practical craft of television and film, in the highest echelons of those industries, has simply not been available historically to theatre directors at this level of their development. It comes at a formative time in their early careers, and will catapult their work both onstage and off."

"The Drama League's most important mission is to open doors for the next generation of theatre artists," said Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks of the new initiative. "More and more, stage directors need to have a multiplicity of skills, experiences, and abilities in a variety of mediums. To ensure that the theatre stays strong and vibrant, we're excited to create pathways that allow directors a broader range of creative practice."

In addition to The Fellowship for Directing in Film and Television, we have also opened applications for our signature programs: The Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color, The Fall Directing Fellowship, The Hangar Directing Fellowship, and the Leo Shull New Musicals Directing Fellowship.

The deadline for completed applications is 12pm (midnight) on Monday, February 13. For further information or for assistance, call Sherri Eden Barber, Program Director, at (212) 244-9494.

And RSVP here to attend a free and information question-and-answer discussion with Gabriel and Sherri about what we’re looking for, and how to submit the best application you can!