New York Directing Fellowship


2013 Fall Fellowship Directors’ Retreat.  Actors Kelley Curran (L) and Ariel Shafir in a scene from Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Fall Fellow Elizabeth Carlson.  Photo credit: Kalina Wagenstein



Bonnie Gabel is a queer director, performance-maker, and community organizer based in New Orleans, LA.  As co-director of LAST CALL she creates innovative, multi-platform performances that document and interpret LGBTQ history. She is an ensemble member of NEW NOISE and writes for Pelican Bomb. She is co-directing the nationally touring performance Alleged Lesbian Activities. Her work is funded by MAP, The National Performance Network, The Network of Ensemble Theaters, and Alternate Roots. She studied internationally with the Moscow Art Theatre and the DAH Theatre.  She holds a BFA in Performance & a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Matt Dickson is a New York based director. Recent credits include: The Cider House Rules (Rutgers University), Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Adventures Of Minami (The Brick), Kid Prince & Pablo (Ars Nova), Silver Men (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Brian Quijada's Where Did We Sit On The Bus? (Kennedy Center), Charles Mee's A Perfect Wedding (Atlantic Conservatory), Carmen (NY Opera Exchange), and Aykroyd (Fordham University). Regional credits include: Lanford Wilson's Home Free! and Michael John Garcés Audiovideo (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Upcoming: Blood Wedding (Rutgers University). As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in War Horse and The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center), and Off-Broadway in Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun (Vineyard). B.F.A. from Boston University. mattjdickson.com


Flordelino Lagundino is a New York-based director, producer, and actor. He is the artistic director of Leviathan Lab and former associate producer at La Jolla Playhouse. His directing credits include: Sweeney Todd, Doubt, Yellowman, Animals Out of Paper, Cedar House (Perseverance Theatre); Like a Lizard, Words Words, Passage, (Leviathan Lab); Flipzoids, True West, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Reincarnation of Stories (Generator Theater Company); In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Much Ado About Nothing, Stone Cold Dead Serious, In the Blood (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). Directing fellowships: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage. Education: MFA in acting, UT-Austin; MFA in directing, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. www.flordelinolagundino.com.


Rebecca Martínez is a Brooklyn-based director, choreographer, and deviser. Her work focuses on audience connectivity and social practice. Upcoming: Ms. Julie, Asian Equities (Brave New World Repertory Theatre, NYC) and 26 Miles (Profile Theatre, Portland, OR). Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a Co-Curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, the Latinx Theatre Commons and Ghostlight Project Steering Committees, and an Associate Member of SDC.  Awards include the Lilla Jewel Award. Rebecca is an artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. rebeccamartinez.org



Open To: Early and Mid-Career Stage Directors



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.


August 13-16, 2018: The New York Directing Fellows will participate in the Regathering Weekend and the Master Directing Retreat, an extended directing workshop under the guidance of a master director and teachers. Regathering Weekend will focus on practical skill acquisition, while the Master Directing Retreat will be held at a retreat center. Professional actors will join the directors for an immersive exploration of a specific text or playwright.


The New York Directing Fellows will assist on productions at major regional and/or New York theaters with leading theater artists.  Each Fellow completes one or two assisting assignments depending on length. These are designed for each director’s needs and theatrical interests, and will address specific weaknesses in training.


January 2019: The New York Directing Fellows stage one-act productions as part of DirectorFest, The Drama League's annual festival dedicated to the art of professional directing in the United States.  The festival takes place in New York City for an audience that includes artistic directors, producers, interested industry professionals, and others. DirectorFest is fully produced using professional casting directors, designers and production personnel. Post-production, the directors meet with theater professionals for an in-depth discussion of their work.


The stipend amount will be determined in April 2018.  For the 2017 cycle, the Stipend was $7,225 for the 17 active weeks of the fellowship (between late May and late January), paid in equal installments. The amount of the Stipend will be disclosed prior to acceptance.


Fellows are provided with housing in New York (if needed) during Professionals Week, Regathering Weekend, DirectorFest and the Master Directing Retreat; round-trip transportation to, and housing for, their assistantship assignments (if needed).


The Drama League DirectorFest production of Out At Sea by Slawomir Mrozek, translation by Nicholas Bethell, directed by 2016 Directors Project Fall Fellow Sarah Elizabeth Wansley.  Photo: Richard Termine.

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 Drama League took a risk and gave me an opportunity no one else would - they produced a play I directed in the heart of New York City and invited everyone to see it.  Every professional opportunity I've had since is the resulte of that chance they took on someone unknown and untested.  I will always be eternally grateful to The Drama League for their belief in me and for the continued nurturing that has endured over the years." 

- Mark Brokaw, Fall Program 1986, Director of Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Master Teacher, Fall Directing Retreat 2015




Application deadline February 5th 2018