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Fellowships


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The Drama League Fellowships, part of an umbrella of programs collectively known as "The Directors Project," are intended for directors to advance their careers, hone their artistry, and elevate their work to the next level of their professional development. Each Fellowship has a clearly-defined area of focus that offers industry-leading opportunities for training, network development, mentorship, production experience, and creative growth.

 

 

CLASSICAL DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP | MORE INFO 

HANGAR DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP | MORE INFO

LEO SHULL MUSICAL DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP | MORE INFO

NEW YORK DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP | MORE INFO

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP | MORE INFO

DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP IN FILM AND TELEVISION | MORE INFO

 

NOTE: The Drama League has already selected its 2021 recipients for the Public Works, Film/Television, and Leo Shull Musical Fellowships, as well as three of its Hangar Fellowship recipients.  Therefore, The Drama League will only accept applications in this cycle for the 2021 Classical Fellowship, the 2021 New York Fellowships, the remaining 2021 Hangar Fellowship slot, and its 2021-2022 Directing Residencies.

 

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are NOT required to have a university degree.
  • Applicants must have directed at least three non-collegiate productions.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a university B.A, B.F.A., M.F.A., or M.A. program in the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must make themselves available for program components during the program period. This means that applicants cannot participate in other developmental fellowships during this time window.
  • Applicants who have taken directing commitments during the program period may, due to lack of available time, have to forego one or more elements of the program, at the discretion of Drama League staff.

 

EARLY-CAREER AND MID-CAREER DIRECTORS: LOOSE DEFINITIONS


Some of these Fellowships are intended for early-career directors, and some are intended for mid-career directors. 

 

How do we define 'early-career', loosely?  Generally, we define this category as a director who has worked in a professional or semi-professional theater for roughly 2-5 years maximum; has not directed a Broadway, Off-Broadway, or major regional production (LORT A+, A, B+, B, C, or D); and has completed fewer than three assistantships. 


How do we define 'mid-career', loosely?  Generally, we define this category as a director who has worked in professional theater for roughly 4-8 years; who has not directed a Broadway or major regional production (LORT A+, A, B+, B); and who has had fewer than six assistantships on professional productions. 


IMPORTANT: These definitions are loosely conceived, as every individual comes to directing on their own individual path. Therefore, applications will be accepted from everyone, even if these definitions do not fit exactly.  If a candidate feels they fall outside the bounds of these definitions, however, and chooses to apply, we expect they will note this in the application and address the reasons they've applied.  Applicants may contact us directly before applying, to discuss their specific circumstances and program suitability. 

 

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