The Drama League Names Fellows for '10-'11 Director's Project
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by BWW News Desk
The Drama League (Jano Herbosch, President; Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director; Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director of the Directors Project) has announced the roster of Directing Fellows for The 2010 Directors Project.
This year's Directors Project participants are comprised of an eclectic group of promising young talent, including Summer Directing Fellows Joy Brooke Fairfield (Harvard Univ./NYU), Sanaz Ghajarrahimi (NYU's Tisch School of the Arts), Nick Potenzieri (Binghamton Univ.) and Ryan Purcell (Boston Univ.); Fall Directing Fellows Jeremy Bloom (Northwestern Univ.), Tyrone Brown (Western Washington Univ./Seattle Univ.), Rafael Gallegos (Univ. of New Mexico) and Lila Neugebauer (Yale); and New Directors/New Works Directing Fellow Steve Day (Baylor Univ.)
Since its inception in 1984, The Directors Project has become the preeminent developing program for theatre directors by providing talented young artists with career-changing experiences in the professional theatre.
Directors Project alumni now number 242, and Drama League directors can be found working in all aspects of the profession - directing on and off-Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and in film and television. They serve as artistic directors, associates or resident directors at 46 regional theatres, and they are training the next generation of directors at some of our finest professional training programs.
The work of Directors Project alumni has been honored with a number awards, from Tonys to Emmys, and with the praise of critics and audiences alike. Notable alumni include Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley, Tony Award winners Michael Mayer and John Rando, Diane Paulus, Jonathan Silverstein, Pam MacKinnon, Sam Gold, Carl Forsman and Joe Calarco.
"The need for our programs grows every year," said Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director of the Directors Project. "We had over 150 applicants for our 2010 programs. We are delighted to present this year's fellows, selected from one of the largest and most completive group of young directors in years."
"The Drama League's commitment to young directors is unparalleled," said 1997 Fall Directing Program almuna Diane Paulus. "The degree of support and respect they give you is astonishing. They opened the door to my professional career - and continue to be there for advice, encouragement, and an invaluable sense of community."
"Simply put, if it wasn't for the Directors Project, I wouldn't be directing theatre in New York today," added Tony Award winner John Rando, an alumnus of the 1992 Fall Directing Program."
Originally structured as one program, The Directors Project has grown to four individual programs running throughout the year:
Summer Directing Program
Fall Directing Program
Musical Theatre Fellowship
New Directors/New Works
• To enhance young directors' artistic growth, broaden their knowledge and hone their skills by providing opportunities to work with and learn from leading directors, playwrights, actors and designers around the country.
• To provide opportunities for young directors to present their work and for the professional community to view and assess that work.
• To augment the network of professionals to whom new directors can turn for counsel, support, and employment.
• To accelerate the process through which new directors gain acceptance within the professional community, bringing their unique skills and vision into the working life of the American theatre.