PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Changes have been made to the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship application process.
A part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s commitment to nurturing new work and the next generation of theatre artists, the Fellowship Program is one of the only director-centric developmental initiatives in the country. At the heart of the program are the prestigious Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Directing Fellowships. Annually, WTF awards these fellowships to two up-and-coming directors, challenging them to develop ambitious and ground-breaking new work in the vibrant and safe atmosphere of the Festival.
The Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship gives the opportunity to a director to develop a new play. WTF will identify a play that exists in draft form, written by an established playwright and in need of development. Through an application and interview process, WTF will select a director to shepherd this play’s development process and to direct a four-performance workshop production of it.
The summer begins in the Berkshires with a three-week workshop period on the WTF campus. The Boris Sagal Directing Fellow, along with the playwright, takes this time to develop the play material with a company of Non-Equity actors. In the second half of the summer, WTF designers join the team and embark on a more traditional, three-week rehearsal process, with the same company of actors, which culminates in a public workshop production in the Directing Studio, the Festival’s blackbox theatre.
The Bill Foeller Fellowship provides a full scholarship including a stipend for living expenses to an emerging director of color in the Directing Assistant corps. Joining the festival for the complete summer season, the director chosen will assist on one of our Mainstage productions and will direct two one-act plays in our Directing Studio.
The Fellowship Program is a fast-paced, artistically charged incubator for bold new work as well as a hotbed for the next generation of theatrical directors. Past Fellows have gone on to helm lauded productions in New York and around the country. The program’s alumni include May Adrales, Oliver Butler, Evan Cabnet, Carolyn Cantor, Mike Donahue, Davis McCallum, Patricia McGregor, Lila Neugebauer, and Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Past Fellowship projects, such as Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, Amy Herzog’s AFTER THE REVOLUTION, and Samuel D. Hunter’s POCATELLO, have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions.
Given the Fellowship Program’s reputation helping launch directors’ careers, the Sagal and Foeller Fellowships are highly competitive. The Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship is awarded through an open application process.
How to Apply
To apply for the Boris Sagal Fellowship, please assemble the following materials:
- Your current directing resume and complete contact information
- A link or links (no more than five) to your website, portfolio, and/or representative video of your work.
- A statement about your approach to collaboration and developing new work. (750 words or less)
- A statement about your experience with and approach to working with early-career actors. (750 words or less)
- Two references who can speak about your work in terms of process and “product.”
Once you’ve assembled all the materials, you may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure all attached documents are sent as PDF files.
All Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship applications must be post-marked by January 8, 2018.
To apply for the Bill Foeller Directing Fellowship, please follow the instructions on the Directing Assistant page.
If you have any questions about the Fellowship Program, please contact the Director of the Professional Training Program, Jason McDowell-Green at email@example.com or 212.395.9090.
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