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Tony Winner Kenny Leon will discuss directing with Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney Theatricals

Kenny Leon

In Conversation with Disney Theatricals' Thomas Schumacher

With his Broadway productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Children of a Lesser God, The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf, Holler If You Hear Me, and this season’s revival of A Soldier’s Play, Kenny Leon has earned his reputation as one of the most influential directors of our age and an expert in the fine art of collaboration. In this intimate conversation with Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatricals, these two giants will discuss theatremaking today. 

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MON, Jan  27  7:00PM

DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER, 

32 Avenue of the Americas, Ground Fl 


$45 Premium Seating 

$25 Regular Admission

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman will be at The Drama League discussing her work

Rebecca Taichman

In Conversation

Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Direction of a Play, Rebecca Taichman has redefined directing and the relationship between playwright and director.  Her collaborations with playwrights like Paula Vogel (Indecent), Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Sarah Ruhl (The Oldest Boy, The Clean House), and Danai Gurira (Familiar) speak to her intimate connection to writers through her work. In this conversation, Ms. Taichman will discuss her approach to developing new work and the future of the field.

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TUE, Jan  28  7:00PM

DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER, 

32 Avenue of the Americas, Ground Fl 


$45 Premium Seating 

$25 Regular Admission

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

Intimacy Director Claire Warden (Broadway's Slave Play) will discuss her process & the art

Claire Warden

In Conversation

Claire Warden, the first intimacy director in history to be a part of Broadway production teams, will discuss the essential work of staging intimacy in a consent-based creative environment. Taking questions from the audience, Ms. Warden will discuss a range of topics, including the pillars of Intimacy Direction practice; the implementation of intimacy directors in theater, film, and television; and common misconceptions about their work. A must for any artist working in today’s entertainment industry!

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MON, FEB  3  7:00PM

DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER, 

32 Avenue of the Americas, Ground Fl 

 

$45 Premium Seating

$25 Regular Admission

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

The Drama League hosts a Town Hall for Theatre Directors to discuss ascending the career pipeline

Ascending The Pipeline

A Directors Town Hall

co-presented with Directors Gathering Philadelphia

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, and the SDC Foundation


As the American Theatre sees rapid change in the leadership of its institutions and theatrical productions, questions regarding the “pipeline” - the way that directors move up the ladder of creative equity and leadership opportunity - are demanding new answers and practices. Who is ascending the pipeline in 2020? How does the changing landscape affect directors and their work? What are the opportunities that exist now?  This town hall meeting, open to stage directors to communally share their experiences, ideas, and hopes for the field, aims to demystify the process of growth and collectively plot a course into the future.


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SAT, February 1  12:00-1:30pm

DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER, 

32 Avenue of the Americas, Ground Fl

 

FREE TO ALL STAGE DIRECTORS

Fellows in Conversation

Ben Randle with 2018 Leo Shull Musical Fellow Kemar Jewel

Ben Randle, the 2019 Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellow, will discuss his production 

of Hello Again with his predecessor in the program, Kemar Jewel, who memorably created the first-ever African-American queer revival of Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little in DirectorFest 2019.

Chika Ike and Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

 Both sets of double-bill directors will discuss their DirectorFest productions, their experiences as Drama League New York  Directing Fellows, and answer questions from the audience. 

NJ Agwuna and Lindsey Hope Pearlman

 Both sets of double-bill directors will discuss their DirectorFest productions, their experiences as Drama League New York  Directing Fellows, and answer questions from the audience. 

 Saturday, January 11 immediately following the 2:00pm performance

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