Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color

in partnership with
Shakespeare & Co., Lennox, MA,
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring, NY and

The Old Globe, San Diego, CA


2012 Production of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival


in partnership with
Shakespeare & Co, Lennox, MA,

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring, NY and
The Old Globe, San Diego, CA

Barry Edelstein’s production of Othello at the Old Globe, Summer 2014.

Open To: Stage Directors who identify as Persons of Color


The Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color immerses a director in the productions and institutional life of a company working in the classical canon. There are TWO SEPARATE Fellowships, and two directors will be selected.




May 14-19, 2018: Professionals Week is an intensive immersion in the professional theater.  Fellows will attend performances, participate in seminars and workshops with prominent industry professionals, and participate in discussions designed to prepare you for the demands and expectations of the field.


The stipend amount will be determined in April 2018, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance.  For the 2017 cycle, the Stipend was $5,950 for the 14 active weeks of the fellowship (between late May and late January), paid in equal installments.


Fellows will be provided with in-city transportation for Professionals Week in New York City. (Travel to and from New York City is not provided.) 


Fellows will be provided with housing in New York City (if needed) during Professionals Week. 

And one of the following tracks, assigned by the Drama League: 


May 14th-Aug 19th: travel to The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. (Travel to/from, and housing in San Diego will be provided.) During the fellowship, the recipient will assist professional directors on two Shakespeare plays on the outdoor stage, and attend all rehearsals and production meetings. The fellow will also work with the literary staff on events: hosting lectures and post-show talkbacks, and participating in events occasioned by the visit of a rare First Folio.  Finally, the recipient will work with the MFA Company on a reading of a classical play selected in consultation with the artistic staff.


May 28th-Sept 3rd: travel to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (Travel to/from, and housing at S&Co, will be provided.) The recipient will assist on MACBETH directed by Melia Bensussen. In July, the recipient will move to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY (again travel and housing provided). There they will assist director Seth Bockley on RIP VAN WINKLE, and Zachary Fine on THE SEA MAID'S MUSIC. The recipient will also direct a reading of a play selected by staff as part of the HVSF2 reading series.


The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company’s theater tent on the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens on the bank of the Hudson.  The backdrop to the productions is the magnificent Hudson Highlands.  The theater seats 540 in a three sided horseshoe arrangement.  The tent allows performances in all weathers.

The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the inclusion of artists of color and of disability 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 his/her merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from authentic and diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity can be celebrated. To this end, the Drama League actively encourages and seeks applications from directors of all communities, especially those that have traditionally been denied equitable opportunities.

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 Classical Directing Program was one of the defining experiences of my education as a director.   Learning from the artists...was a transformative experience, and I came away with tools, techniques, and perspectives that I use in my work today.  Graduate school helped me become an artist, but the Drama League Fellowship helped me become a professional."

- Jesse Jou, Classical Directing Fellow 2012