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. Through an application and interview process, WTF will select a director to shepherd a new play or musical’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 writer(s), 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 who is a woman and/or an artist 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 or Nikos stage 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 (see instructions to the right).
To apply for the Bill Foeller Directing Fellowship, please follow the instructions on the Directing Assistant page.
How to Apply
To apply for the Boris Sagal Directing 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)
- Name, title, and contact information for two references who can speak about your work in terms of process and “product.”
If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to discuss one or more specific plays or musicals for potential development under the auspices of the Boris Sagal Fellowship.
If you have any questions about the Fellowship Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.458.3200.
Once you’ve assembled all the materials, you may e-mail them to email@example.com. Please make sure sure all attached documents are sent as PDF files.
All applications must be received by January 21, 2019.
In honor of the late American lyricist and composer J. Michael Friedman, the Fellowship identifies an early-career theatre artist of exceptional talent, versatility, impact and humanity who has demonstrated an artistic commitment to Williamstown Theatre Festival, and invites them to make new work for a summer. The purpose is for the Fellow to create or collaborate on work deemed important and meaningful to the Fellow’s artistic and career development and to the life and culture of the Festival.
This Fellowship is not open for applications, as it is awarded to an artist who is already participating in the current festival season.
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By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Williamstown, MA 01267