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DRAMA LEAGUE DIRECTORFEST is a multi-week, city-wide festival focusing on the art of contemporary stage directing. For its 34th year, the festival will include four fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of new musicals, staged readings, discussion panels, books signings, workshops and conversations with America’s most notable directors. 

Taking place over two weeks in venues across Manhattan, this year’s festival highlights of the festival include rarely-seen plays by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Enda Walsh (Once: The Musical), Gabrielle Reisman, Alejandro Ricaño and more, all directed by the 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellows: Laura Brandel, Bonnie Gabel, Matt Dickson, Flordelino Lagundino, and Rebecca Martinez.  Chosen last spring from over 330 applicants nationwide, these five visionary emerging directors recently completed their year of mentorship, assistantships, training and career development as part of The Drama League Directors Project.

The festival will also include Alex Rubin’s new play Group, featuring Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), in a staged reading directed by Directors Project alumna Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, and UpClose, a series of conversations with America’s foremost contemporary directors, including Anne Bogart (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane), Damon Kiely (Oklahoma!), Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy), Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), and George C. Wolfe (Shuffle Along).

DirectorFest will take place at various locations around NYC: The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), and The Drama Book Shop (250 West 40th Street) from January 13-22, 2018.

Festival schedules, tickets, and additional information are now available here

Industry professionals may reserve industry seats by emailing their requested dates, times, and events directly to directorfest@dramaleague.org. 

Drama League members may make reservations by calling (212) 244-9494.