national directors fellowship
Wendy C. Goldberg, Director
A joint initiative, NDF fast-tracks the professional experience of emerging stage directors and propels the advancement of new plays.
The 2020 O'Neill Summer Season, including the National Directors Fellowship will be held online. Learn more here.
The program is 18 months of hands-on, practical experience. It connects early-career directors to a vast network of new writers, expands access to professional support services, and provides laboratory-like environments for observation and experimentation, equipping tomorrow’s stage directors with the skills, knowledge, and network to advance new play development and production around the country.
key fellowship dates
July 2020: Orientation Week; National Playwrights Conference & Workshops
Late July - Early August 2020: Attend Kennedy Center and NNPN MFA Workshop; Meetings with the Kennedy Center, NNPN, and D.C. theaters
December 2020: Attend NNPN National Showcase of New Plays
January 2021: O’Neill Winter Symposium (10-12 days TBD)
July - December 2021: NNPN Member Theater Directing - Professional Hire (dates vary)
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship will open February 3 and close February 9.
frequently asked questions
Funding for the National Directors Fellowship provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Key funding provided by: The Shubert Foundation, Thomas Kail, and Jerry Meyer
Additional funding by: Jujamcyn Theaters, Daryl Roth, and Wayne Zink & Christopher Schout.
And support from: David Auburn, Jennifer Melin Miller & David Miller, Paradigm Talent Agency, Frank & Cynthia Goldberg, Jeffrey Meanza, and Molly Smith