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JANUARY 11-28, 2019

Tickets will be on sale November 7, 2018

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Featuring the work of directors: Jennifer Chang, Tara Elliott, Kemar Jewel, Seonjae Kim, Boyan Kracholov, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, and Whitney White. DRAMA LEAGUE DIRECTORFEST is a multi-week, city-wide festival focusing on the art of contemporary stage directing. For its 35th year, the festival will include four fully-staged plays, a classic American musical, a concert of music from a hit new musical, an American premiere by a hit new Bulgarian director, discussion panels, and conversations with America’s most notable directors. 

Drama League of New York

As the leading career development organization for emerging and mid-career theater directors, the Drama League offers hands-on instruction, mentorship, opportunities to create new theater, and work experience with established professionals. We identify talented directors through a rigorous, national selection process with outside theater luminaries and provide them with the skills, experiences, and contacts they need to bridge the gap between training and professional success. The high cost of theater productions deter most artistic leaders from risking the success of their productions on early and mid-career directors. Since 1984, the Drama League has set out to take on those risks by allowing directors to explore and create alongside their collaborators, providing its participants with the necessary professional experience to further advance their careers.

Pictured above from left to right – Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Jennifer Chang, Kemar Jewel, Tara Elliot, Whitney White, Seonjae Kim, and Boyan Kracholov. Photos by Erik Carter Photography. Boyan’s Photo by Yana Lozeva Photography.


DIRECTORFEST is made possible thanks to the generosity of our current supporters:

Howard Gilman Foundation | The Riggio Foundation | The Shubert Foundation | The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts | Trust for Mutual Understanding

Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the Drama League.

Drama League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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