- Headshot - Laura Brandel - 2017 Drama League Directors Project New Musicals Fellow.JPG


Laura is a NYC-based director/choreographer of new musicals, plays, and devised work.  Artistic Producer, NYTB’s New Works Series (2008-2016).  Director of Dramatists Guild Fellows Presentation (Playwrights Horizons).  Directing: Mackenzie & The Missing Boy (MTF),The Good Girl and Body and Soul (Manhattan MT Lab), Deux Femme (The Lark), Missing Karma (Samuel French OOB-Festival), A.R.T./New York Gala honoring S. Epatha Merkerson.  Choreographer: Cry Eden (Access Theater), Hit the Wall (Barrow Street), a cautionary tail (The Flea). Consultant to Larry Keigwin on Rent Off-Broadway, Assistant Director Doctor Faustus (CSC).  Member SDC, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, DNA’s Choreolab. BA in Dance/Dance Education from Hunter College.  

- Headshot - Matt Dickson - 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.JPG


Matt is a director based in New York CityUpcoming projects include: Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING (Rutgers Mason Gross) and Krista Knight’s SELKIE (Wild Project, Dutch Kills). Recent credits include: Leah Nanako Winkler’s THE ADVENTURES OF MINAMI (The Brick/Dramatists Guild), THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Rutgers Mason Gross), KID PRINCE & PABLO (Ars Nova), Brian Quijada's WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? (Kennedy Center), Amy Fox’s SILVER MEN (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Charles Mee's A PERFECT WEDDING (Atlantic Conservatory), Bizet’s CARMEN (New York Opera Exchange), AYKROYD (Fordham University) and Jahna Ferron-Smith’s SIR (Winner, Samuel French Festival). Regional credits include: OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN FESTIVAL w/ Adam Gwon (Bucks County Playhouse), Lanford Wilson's HOME FREE! and Michael John Garcés AUDIOVIDEO (Williamstown Theatre Festival). As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in WAR HORSE and THE COAST OF UTOPIA (Lincoln Center Theater), and most recently Off-Broadway in Nicky Silver’s TOO MUCH SUN (Vineyard Theatre). Drama League Directing Fellow, Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow, and proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. B.F.A. from Boston University.

- Headshot - Bonnie Gabel - 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.JPG


Bonnie 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 a director and co-creator of the nationally touring production Alleged Lesbian Activities, an ensemble member of NEW NOISE, and writes for Pelican Bomb. Her work is funded by MAP, The National Performance Network, The Network of Ensemble Theaters, and Alternate Roots. Selected directing credits include TOPOS, Alice, Your Lithopedion, An Outopia for Pigeons, Possum Kingdom, A Soldier’s Tale (New Resonance Orchestra), Aloha Say the Pretty Girls As assistant: Guthrie Theater: Watch On the Rhine; Primary Stages: Pride and Prejudice; Junebug Productions: Gomela. She studied internationally with the Moscow Art Theatre and the DAH Theatre (Serbia).  She holds a BFA in Performance & a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

- Headshot - Flordelino Lagundino - 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.JPG


Flordelino is a NYC-based director and actor. He is the artistic director of Leviathan Lab and a company member of Theater Akimbo. Directing credits include: Sweeney Todd, Doubt, Yellowman, Animals Out of Paper (Perseverance Theatre); Flipzoids, True West, Shakespeare’s R&J (Generator Theater Company); Sweeney Todd (Juneau Symphony); In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Much Ado About Nothing, Stone Cold Dead Serious, In the Blood at (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). Acting credits include: Vietgone (Mixed Blood Theatre); Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Camino Real (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Willy Wonka (The Kennedy Center); The Long Season, Yeast Nation, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hair, The Who's Tommy, Noises Off (Perseverance Theatre); Invisible City 14th Street (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). Other: former associate producer at La Jolla Playhouse. Directing fellowships: Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow, Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellow, Kennedy Center. Education: MFA–directing, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company; MFA–acting, University of Texas at Austin.

- Headshot - Rebecca Martinez - 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.JPG


Rebecca is a Brooklyn-based director, choreographer, writer, and deviser. Recent projects: [Director] Voz Alta: Amor en los tiempos de guerra (Milagro Theatre), Tomás and the Library Lady (Oregon Children’s Theatre), Ms. Julie, Asian Equities (Brave New World Repertory Theatre, NYC), 26 Miles (Profile Theatre) and You’re Not Alone (anymore) (Stella Adler School for Acting). [Associate Director] The Cake (PlayMakers Repertory Company). In addition, Rebecca has directed, assisted on, observed, and helped develop productions with INTAR, Artists Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, the Lark, Sojourn Theatre, Radical Evolution, the 52nd Street Project, Poetic Theater, and Working Theater among others. Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, the Latinx Theatre Commons, an Associate Member of SDC, and a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. Rebecca is an artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.

- Headshot - Ilana Ransom Toeplitz - Drama League Directors Project Alumna.JPG


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  • 2016 Leo Shull New Musicals Fellow
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Ilana's favorite directing/choreographing credits: REEFER MADNESS (Starring Alan Cumming in 2014 New World Stages & 2015 54 Below), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, CLICK CLACK MOO! & A CHRISTMAS CAROL (TWUSA Nat’l Tours). Assistant Director: VIOLET (2014 Broadway), CRAZY FOR YOU (2017 Lincoln Center), A CHRISTMAS STORY! (Associate, 2014-2015 Nat’l Tour), SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (2017 premiere w/Boston Pops), and DIRTY DANCING (Associate, 2017-2018 Nat’l Tour). Direction of the premieres: MARISOL!..., SPELLBOUND!, ….MORGAN FREEMAN? (NYMF), JULIET & JULIET (York), CRUDE (NYMF), SNUGGLEFLUFF (Lincoln Center- reading), and SHARK ATTACK! Upcoming: BABY the Musical! A Benefit for Planned Parenthood (54 Below). Proud Pittsburgh native. Drama League Directors Project Alumna, 2016.    


All headshot and group photography: Catalin Stelian