Hangar Directing Fellowship

in partnership with the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Wedge Performance Series at The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY




Michael Alvarez is an international theatre director.  He’s directed at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Arcola Theatre, and Westminster Library in London, at the Brighton Festival; and he was a guest director in Slovenia. Other UK experience: a workshop with Punchdrunk, producing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and leading new musical workshops with Mercury Musical Developments. Selected NY credits: Trouble: A New Rock Musical (NYMF), Pistrix (Midtown Festival), Back (Gallery Players). Recently he directed Salome by Oscar Wilde at Calarts. Member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Education: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; and California Institute of the Arts. Michael-Alvarez.com


Jillian Carucci is a director, teaching artist and producer. Directing: Biohacker (Exquisite Corpse Company), Mirror, Mirror (Tunnel Theatre), Identity (Tony-Award winner Alice Ripley’s solo show). Teaching: scene study and devising (McCarter Theatre Center and Premiere Stages), monologues and business of theatre (CAP21 Conservatory). Currently developing a new play in residency at The Tank. Director of the Industry Practicum and Showcase program at CAP21. Co-founder of Tunnel Theatre, SDC Associate, member of the League of Independent Theater. Graduate of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. www.jilliancarucci.com


Tom Costello, freelance director and Ithaca native, is the Director of Artistic Development for Pipeline Theatre Company and an Associate Artist at the Flea Theater. With the Flea: the world premieres of Smoke by Kim Davies, The Wundelsteipen by Nick Jones; with Pipeline: Sleepless City by Tim Chawaga, Shakespeare the Dead by Alex Mills, Bubble and Squeak by Evan Twohy (Samuel French finalist); with Libra Theater Company: The Thirteenth Commandment by Joshua H. Cohen; with Dramatic Adventure: productions devised in Slovakia and Ecuador. Faculty member at Atlantic Acting School where he most recently directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play. BFA from NYU/Tisch. www.tomcostello.net


Gabriel Weissman Directing: Steel Magnolias (Co-directed with Marsha Mason, Bucks County Playhouse); The Birds (also adaptation, Scranton University); Mille Miglia (also adaptation, from teleplay by Athol Fugard), Zastrozzi (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Making the Move (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) as well as work with NYMF, National Black Theatre and NYC Children’s Theatre. Associate/Assistant Directing: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, China Doll, The Winslow Boy (Broadway); Many Off-Broadway/regional productions with Roundabout, Atlantic, Second Stage, Vineyard, Public and Signature Theatres. Co-writer of Loose Canon (licensed by DPS); MTC Fellow; LCT Directors Lab; Three seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. www.gabrielvegaweissman.com



in partnership with the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Wedge Performance Series at The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY

Open To: Early and mid-career theatre directors

The Hangar Directing Fellowship is in an intensive practicum in the artistic life of a regional theater.   Designed to hone leadership skills and creative abilities within a major artistic institution, the program selects four Fellows each year to serve as part of the artistic leadership team for the summer season at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. The Hangar Theatre will be working in partnership with The Cherry Arts, a new company for collective and experimental work, throughout the fellowship experience.



Held in mid-May, 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 four Fellows collectively serve as the artistic leaders of the Hangar’s Lab Company, a non-Equity company comprised of young professionals in acting, design, directing, and stage management in residence at the Cherry Artspace. Working with the support, counsel and guidance of the Hangar artistic staff, the four directors are responsible for selecting, designing, casting and producing the entire Wedge (second stage) season at the Cherry. The Hangar Directing Program provides Fellows with multiple opportunities. They will direct both a mainstage children’s show and a play of their choice in the Wedge series (approved by Hangar staff), as well as serve as the producer of one rotation.  In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to workshop a play of their choice with a local playwright. Fellows meet regularly with artistic director Michael Barakiva, and also interact with and learn from the administrative staff and board in order to give a deeper insight into how the theatre budgets, programs, raises funds, and engages with the community.  


$4,250 for the 10 active weeks of the fellowship, 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 housing in Ithaca, NY for the length of their time there.  

2013 Hangar Directing Fellows: (L to R),  Will Detlefsen, Lian Walden, Louisa Proske and Jamila Reddy.  Photo: Michaël Attias.  

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.

“My Drama League fellowship was a turning point in my life as well as in my career.  The amazing summer of 1989 was the very first opportunity I’d ever had to experience life as a full-time theatre director: each day directing plays, talking about directing, watching other directors…eating and breathing directing.  I can’t imagine my life without that summer.”

Michael Mayer, Hangar Directing Program 1989, Tony Award-winning director of 
Spring Awakening, American Idiot,
Hedwig and the Angry Inch