The Drama League Directors Project is the premier mentoring and career development program for early-career directors. Since its founding in 1984, the Directors of the Drama League Project has had more than 300 alumni working in all facets of entertainment, from Broadway to television. The program itself aims to help directors in their professional growth through unique experiences and opportunities in the professional community. After spending a week, Professionals Week, in New York, directors will be placed with working professionals across the country. Many fellows are placed in positions and will be mentored by former Drama League Directors Project fellows working in the industry.
Drama League Board Chair Bonnie Comley and her husband, six-time Tony Winner, Stewart F. Lane, hosted a dinner at the historic Players Club to welcome the 2021 Leaders and kick off Professionals’ Week. Irene Gandy (Tony Winning Producer / Publicist), Sarah Hutton (Ticketmaster), Townsend Teague (Teague Theatrical Group) and Kumiko Yoshii (Gorgeous Entertainment & The John Gore Organization) were on hand to share their tips and experiences. . Drama League staff filled the tables; Executive Director, Bevin Ross, Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, and Associate Artistic Director, Nilan.
The 2021 Drama League Directors Project board members attending the dinner included: Christian Avila, Sivan Battat, Tatyana-Marie Carlo, Ryan Dobrin, Reena Dutt, Jasmine B. Gunter, Cara Hinh, Keenan Tyler Oliphant and Nicholas Polonio.
The Drama League opens doors for exceptional directors by providing them with unrestricted time, resources and space to work while increasing skills through personalized training, production opportunities and professional development. The Drama League carefully selects directors whose vision and talent are unparalleled, with a clear commitment to the craft, the field and the audience. The Drama League works actively to create a cultural landscape where every artist is considered on their merits. The Drama League supports directors who have traditionally been denied fair opportunities, including on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, l national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status. The Drama League is committed to using anti-racist practices in its work and programming.
For more information see: www.DramaLeague.org
Photo credit: Rob Rich
Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Bonnie Comley, Bevin Ross
Tatiana-Marie Carlo. Nicolas Polonio, Sivan Battat
Nilon Johnson, Tatyana-Marie Carlo, Stewart Lane, Lanise Antoine Shelley
Kumiko Yoshii, Townsend Teague, Bevin Ross, Irene Gandy, Bonnie Comley, Sarah Hutton, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks
Kumiko Yoshii, Bonnie Comley
Keenan Tyler Oliphant, Irene Gandy, Townsend Teague
Irene Gandy, Bevin Ross, Bonnie Comley, Keenan Tyler Oliphant
Christian Avila, Tatyana-Marie Carlo, Jasmine B. Gunter, Keenan Tyler Oliphant, Reena Dutt, Lanise Antoine Shelley, Sivan Battat, Cara Hinn, Nicholas Polonio
Bevin Ross, Sarah Hutton, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Nilan Johnson
Reena Dutt, Nicolas Polonio, Jasmine B. Gunter