Directors Project

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Since its founding in 1984, The Drama League Directors Project has become the preeminent development program for early and mid-career theater directors, providing talented emerging directors with transformative experiences and opportunities in the professional theater.


The 350+ alumni of The Drama League Directors Project can be found working in all aspects of entertainment:
   - directors on 
Broadway, Off-Broadway, at 200 regional theaters across the country, and in film, media, music, dance, virtual reality and television
artistic directors and associates at over 60 theater companies across America 
producers, writers, agents, administrators, and educators at some of our finest professional training programs

Their directing work has been honored with Tony, Emmy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. They have literally shaped the future of the American theater, with the praise of critics and audiences alike.

Click here for a complete list of our alumni. 


The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the inclusion of artists who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Differently-Abled, and LGBTQIA2+ in all our programs. We aim to achieve full inclusion in all our programs, providing opportunities for directors to tell their stories, so that we make a theater that truly reflects the society in which we live; where each artist is considered on their merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from authentic and diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity can be celebrated.

The Drama League does not and shall not discriminate, and will take affirmative actions to ensure against discrimination, on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, the selection of fellowship and residency artists; selection of staff, artists, partners, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients; and provision of services.




The Drama League partners with theaters across the country that support our fellows in various capacities – from meetings and seminars to professional assistantships.  Our thanks to the following theaters for their invaluable participation in our work:


American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA LCT3, Lincoln Center, NYC Prospect Theater Company, NYC
Atlantic Theater Company, NYC Manhattan Theater Club, NYC Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC
Arena Stage, Washington, DC Manhattan Class Company, NYC Red Bull Theater, NYC
ARS NOVA, NYC McCarter Theater Center, Princeton, NJ Roundabout Theater Company, NYC
Classic Stage Company, NYC New Dramatists, NYC Second Stage Theater, NYC
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH NYSF/The Public Theater, NYC Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX New York Stage and Film, NYC Signature Theater Company, NYC
The Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL New York Theater Workshop, NYC Signature Theatre, Washington DC
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN The Old Globe, San Diego, CA Soho Rep, NYC
Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, OR Vineyard Theater, NYC
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival,
Cold Spring NY
Playmakers Repertory Company,
Chapel Hill, NC

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 
Washington, DC

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA Primary Stages, NYC Theatr Sfumato, Sofia, Bulgaria