DirectorFest celebrates the electrifying art of stage directors – those brave, bold artists whose vision propels the musicals, plays, films, and television that transform our lives. Chosen each year from over 400 applicants worldwide, DirectorFest brings exceptionally talented directors to New York stages in vibrant new productions, giving you the rare opportunity to see tomorrow’s brightest stars today, at the beginning of their creative journey.

These directors will be joined by some of America’s greatest practitioners of the art form, in illuminating conversations – 2017 Tony Award winner for Indecent (and Drama League alumnus) Rebecca Taichman, director of Broadway’s A Soldier’s Play Kenny Leon, and intimacy director Claire Warden – alongside a concert presentation of a new docu-play with music, and an immersive, sensory performance unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

Four decades ago, The Drama League founded the first artistic home for stage directors and today, our 350 alumni include Ms. Taichman, Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away),  Michael Mayer (Little Shop of Horrors), Mark Brokaw (How I Learned To Drive), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Lila Neugebauer (The Waverly Gallery), and Moritz von Steulpnagel (Bernhardt/Hamlet), to name a few. 

Who will be next? Join us at DirectorFest to find out!



Production Manager: Kate Holland 

Designers: Cate McCrea (Scenic), Amanda Gladu (Costumes), 

Lois Gordon (Lighting),  DJ Potts (Sound), Matt Carlin (Props) 

Music Direction: Jesse Kissel (Hello Again), Justin Ellington (The Sporting Life...

Casting: Harriet Bass, Stephen DeAngelis,  Erica A. Hart 

Stage Managers: Melanie Aponte, Kelsy Durkin, Arielle Goldstein, 

Alexis Nalbandian, Evangeline Whitlock.


The Drama League and DirectorFest are proud to be a partner with JanArtsNYC. Head to https://www.janartsnyc.org to learn more about this partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces.


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

 Howard Gilman Foundation

The Hyde and Watson Foundation

 The Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation  

The Shubert Foundation

The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts

Trust for Mutual Understanding

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.


The 2019 DirectorFest photos above all taken by Lloyd Mulvey, from left to right:

2018 Leo Shull Fellow Kemar Jewel's production of Marry Me A Little, featuring Jordan Barbour and Jon-Michael Reese

2018 Fellow Seonjae Kim's production of First Love, featuring Anne O'Sullivan and Dennis Holland

2018 Fellow Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li's production of Deathwatch, featuring Arash Mokhtar, Christian Elan Ortiz, and Jorge Luna