The Drama League Directors Project (Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce its "Class of 2011," a group of nine distinguished individuals who have been selected as this year's Drama League Directing Fellows. Now in its 27th year, The Directors Project features six distinct programs designed to address the needs of directors at various stages of their careers.
The Drama League Directors Project provides an unparalleled training program for emerging theatre artists by encouraging and training young talents, while providing much-needed exposure and essential connections to the professional theatrical community.
"This has been an incredible year, as we received a remarkable total of 140 applicants for The Directors Project," said Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth. "The process of selecting this year's Directing Fellows proved to be quite an undertaking, given the breadth of exceptionally talented applicants we had to choose from. Each of our directing programs had its own separate panels of evaluators, who read all the applications blind [without names] and interviewed 45 finalists before arriving at the final nine. In addition, we're pleased to announce that this year - our 27th year - marks the launch of a new Classical Fellowship for Directors of Color in collaboration with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego."
The Fellows of The Directors Project Class of 2011 will come together in New York City for Professionals Week, May 17 - 23. They will spend a week in meetings, seminars, workshops, etc., attending theater in the evening and meeting the people who are creating that work during the day. It is an immersion in the New York theatre, both nonprofit and commercial. Following this they will then move on to their respective programs which begin between now and August.
Dawn Monique Williams (MFA UMass Amherst, BA CSU East Bay in Hayward) grew up in Berkeley and Oakland, California. She has a passion for the classics and language rich plays, which is reflected in her international directing creditsScapin the Cheat, Anna Bella Eema, and The Tempest. Dawn has worked at the San Francisco Young Playwrights Festival, California Conservatory Theatre, Chester Theatre and has assisted at Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT), TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA), and California Shakespeare (Berkeley, CA)