2017 National Directors Fellowship

Five Fellows were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, ranging broadly across all levels of experience and backgrounds. 

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SHERRI EDEN BARBER

SHERRI EDEN BARBER

Sherri Eden Barber is a New York based theater director and Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. Recent: Happily After Ever (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (Development on European Tour), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), Monstrosity (The New School for Drama), The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (American Airlines Theatre), Latrell: Live Tonight!(Joe’s Pub), Dance Lessons (winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival). She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, The Flea, Culture Project, Chautauqua, and Old Vic. Selected Associate and Assistant directing credits include: SWEAT (Broadway, Studio 54), Tiny Beautiful Things (The Public Theater), Daphne's Dive (Signature Theatre), Faust: The Concert with Randy Newman (Encores! New York City Center), Family Furniture (The Flea), The Village Bike and Side Effects (MCC), These Girls (Glamour Magazine). Sherri is the Program Director at The Drama League, the Core Company Director for The Orchard Project, a Drama League Directing Fellow and recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award. MFA: New School for Drama. www.SherriEdenBarber.com

ESTEFANIA FADUL

ESTEFANIA FADUL

Estefanía Fadul is a Colombian-born, New Hampshire-raised, NYC-based director and producer. Recent work includes the Spanish-language musical Óye Oyá by Rebecca Martínez and Rodolfo Ortega (Milagro Theatre, world premiere), The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich (SUNY Purchase), Cell by Cassandra Medley (Drama League DirectorFest), El Laurel de Apolo by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and asi van los fantasmas de méxico by Matthew Paul Olmos (both at Repertorio Español). She was the founding Artistic Director of Pleiades Productions for which she directed Well by Lisa Kron, and has also developed new plays and musicals at The Drama League, Everyday Inferno, Barton Booth, Columbia University, NYU, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Rising Circle Theater Collective, among others. Estefanía’s upcoming projects include collaborations with writers Raquel Almazan, Augusto Federico Amador, Elisabeth Frankel, and Krista Knight, as well as developing the musical Rokera with Tatiana Suarez-Pico. As an assistant director, she has worked with Rachel Chavkin, Jo Bonney, Ed Iskandar, Michael Barakiva, Elise Thoron, Sheryl Kaller, Tracy Young, and Brendon Fox at companies including the Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was also the assistant producer for Soho Rep.’s first all-ages, site-specific show, Washeteria. Estefanía is the 2017 Foeller Fellow at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and is an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project and the Repertorio Español Van Lier Fellowship. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She has a B.A. in Drama and French from Vassar College. www.estefaniafadul.com

KAREEM FAHMY

KAREEM FAHMY

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent who focuses on new play development. He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage), and James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times Top 5 Must-See Shows). Kareem’s work as a playwright has been developed and produced at Noor Theatre, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Lark, and Fault Line Theatre. Kareem is currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, a member of the Civilians R&D Group, and was a 2015 Director-in-Residence at The New Museum. He’s developed plays with organizations including New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ma-Yi, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Kareem is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

LEORA MORRIS

LEORA MORRIS

Leora Morris is a director and creator that currently splits her time between Toronto (her hometown) and Atlanta, Georgia, where she is the Yale Directing Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. She recently received her MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama, where she was co-artistic director of Yale Cabaret in its 48th season. Leora is passionate about text-based plays and interdisciplinary works that intersect theatre with dance, music, visual art. She has collaborated on projects across Canada and the USA, including at the Banff Playwrights’ Colony, Tarragon Theatre, Dancemakers, Nightswimming, Harbourfront, Birdtown and Swanville, Paradigm Productions, NYU, and Alliance Theatre. For Small Wooden Shoe, Leora curated the series Reading Difficult Plays and Singing Simple Songs. Select productions include: Orphans (Coal Mine Theatre), He Left Quietly (2014 SummerWorks Best Production), Women Beware Women, The Troublesome Reign of King John, Brendan Pelsue’s Riverbank: A Noh Play for Northerly Americans, Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans (Yale School of Drama); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Yale Cabaret); love holds a lamp in this little room, (Yale Summer Cabaret). She is a winner of Toronto’s 2012 Ken MacDougall Award for Emerging Directors and a co-recipient of Yale’s Julian Milton Kaufman Prize for Directing. Upcoming: World Premiere of The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre, June 2017); Crossing Delancey (Alliance Theatre, October 2017). www.leoramorris.com 

LA Williams

LA Williams

LA Williams is a New York-based director focused primarily on new work. He is currently a 2016-17 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow where he developed and directed Richard in 9 Poses by Sarah DeLappe. His interest is in plays that have a clear structure, sociopolitical context, and an inherent theatricality. He has developed new work at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, New Dramatists, Dramatists Guild of America, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, National Black Theatre, The Kennedy Center/Alliance Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Firebone Theater, Quicksilver Theatre Company, Horse Trade Theater Group, and Crowded Outlet. Assistant Director credits include Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, LCT3, Second Stage, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Signature Theatre Company, Labyrinth Theatre Company, and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. He also has a passion for championing new voices in theater. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Black Directors Studio, a new play reading series for emerging Black directors. In 2012, he created and executive produced Celebrate! with LA Williams: a multimedia docu-series that celebrates early career theater artists. LA currently serves on the ENCORES! Off-Center Artist Board at New York City Center and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation and was the Kenny Leon Directing Fellow in 2009. Education: M.A. Emerson College, B.A. Alabama State University.