First Stage Residency

The Drama League Artists Residency Program, made possible in part by the Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, gives theater directors unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals.  ARP has developed many award-winning productions since 2013, including The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (Vineyard Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre); Ripe Time’s The World Is Round (BAM); Georama (NYMF/Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Assembled Identities (HERE); Distant Star (Abrons Arts Center); Rady&Bloom’s The Upper Room (New Ohio Theatre); and Piehole’s Hand Foot Fizzle Face (JACK).


Designed for directors at the very beginning of a new project, the FIRST STAGE RESIDENCY is intended for an initial exploration or investigation of an idea, concept, and/or early pages for a new play, musical, performance piece, or devised work.  

The piece should not have been previously workshopped or developed elsewhere, and should ideally be near the beginning of its creative journey.  (If your project has been developed elsewhere already, we recommend you consider the NEXT STAGE RESIDENCY instead.)


REHEARSAL SPACE: 10 hours for rehearsal and experimentation in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

RESIDENCY STIPEND: A stipend of $200 for developmental expenses related to the residency.

If you have questions about which residency is most appropriate for your project, please call (212) 244-9494 to discuss options in depth.  We are happy to speak with you!