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Directing Fellowships

Manhattan Theatre Club offers two exciting fellowships to early and mid-career directors:

  • THE SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN DIRECTING ASSISTANTSHIP
  • THE JONATHAN ALPER DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

Applicants admitted into the program will be put into a pool from which we’ll pull the assistant directors for our upcoming season. Generally Fellows only assist on one production, though it can be a great opportunity to make a relationship with a director. A Fellow generally begins work on the first day of rehearsal (though sometimes slightly before) and will generally work full-time on that show until its opening night—roughly two months from start to finish, though this varies. Fellows’ duties vary widely based on their personal strengths and the director they are paired with, but may include observership, dramaturgy, note-taking, and generally supporting the various people in the rehearsal room. All Fellows are asked to lead talkbacks after select previews.

Participants in the Fellowship Program have assisted some of the finest directors currently working in the theater, including Doug Hughes, Garry Hynes, Lynne Meadow, Daniel Sullivan, Jerry Zaks, and many others. The fellowship offers early and mid-career directors a unique opportunity to observe and assist the creative process of established directors.

Former MTC Directing Fellows have gone on to work extensively in the American theater. They and their projects include: Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse), Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, The Madrid at MTC), Trip Cullman (Lonely, I’m Not, Murder Ballad at MTC), Robert O’Hara (In the Continuum, Brother/Sister Plays), Henry Wishcamper (Port Authority, Spirit Control at MTC).

HOW TO APPLY:

APPLICATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON ARE DUE ON APRIL 1ST EACH YEAR.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Applicants selected for the first round of interviews will be contacted by the end of August. Final selection is a rolling process that is dependent on the season’s programming—if you are admitted into the program, we may have one of our directors interview you before you are selected as an assistant.

MTC is committed to the diversity of its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

MTC often participates in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. This program allows early and mid-career directors the opportunity to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create new productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres. For more information, please visit the program’s page by clicking here.