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).