NEW YORK CITY: The Drama League has selected 11 emerging stage directors as the recipients of the 2018 Directing Fellowships. The recipients, who will take part in the Drama League Directors Project, have been accepted into four different programs of study and were selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide.
“This year we’ve truly scoured the world for the most exciting directing talents we can find,” said executive artistic director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks in a statement, “which has brought us inspiring directors from New York, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, even Seoul, South Korea.”
Jennifer Chang, Tara Elliott, Seonjae Kim, and Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li have been awarded the New York Directing Fellowships. These recipients will be given directing opportunities in the professional theatre, both regionally and in New York City, culminating in a full production in Drama League DirectorFest, January 11-28, 2019.
Jake Beckhard, Kyle Haden, Ivey Lowe, and Christopher Nùñez have been selected for the Hangar Directing Fellowships. They will receive a practicum in the artistic leadership of a regional theatre, and will lead a resident acting company in programming, directing, and producing the second stage season at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY.
Myeongsik Jason Jang and Margaret Lee have been awarded the classical fellowships for directors of color. They will participate in a summer residency at three of America’s leading theatrical homes for classical work, assisting on mainstage productions and directing in their educational and touring programs.
Kemar Jewel has been awarded the Leo Shull New Musicals Directing Fellowship, which was named in honor of the late theatrical impresario and publisher/editor of Show Business Weekly. Jewel will participate in a five-week immersion in the art and craft of developing and directing new works for the musical theatre.
Founded in 1984, the Drama League Directors Project provides talented young artists with career-advancing experiences in the professional theatre.