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Roundabout Directing Fellowship

About The Fellowship
The Roundabout Directing Fellowship has been established to provide inclusive development opportunities, resources, and career assistance to diverse early career directors for the American Theatre. The Fellowship is ideally suited to a candidate seeking experience as an assistant director on productions large and small, mentorship from established artists, immersion in a not-for-profit institution, and independence to pursue their own projects and gain introduction across the industry. The Fellowship was created specifically to foster new relationships with artists of all backgrounds, inclusive of any race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. To that end, we actively encourage and seek applications from directors who have traditionally been denied equitable opportunities in the theatre industry. Now in its third year, the fellowship will select one director for a season-long commitment, providing them time and support while working alongside some of the foremost artists in the field.

About Roundabout
Roundabout celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future.

Founded in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company has grown from a small 150- seat theatre in a converted supermarket basement to become the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre company, as well as one of New York City’s leading cultural institutions. With five stages on and off Broadway, Roundabout now reaches over 1million theatregoers, students, educators, and artists across the country and around the world every year, providing fellows many levels of opportunity to engage with the professional theatre.

The Fellowship Season
During their season, the Roundabout Directing Fellow will serve as Assistant Director on three Roundabout productions ranging Roundabout’s five spaces on and off Broadway. In between assistantships the Fellow will work in the literary office, viewing and reviewing theatre in the city. The Directing Fellow will receive:
  • An introduction to full Roundabout staff and affiliated artists
  • A home base at the Roundabout offices, including a desk and access to a computer, printing, and office supplies
  • The opportunity to meet with a variety of artistic professionals
  • Space, casting and literary resources for developmental workshops of two projects of their choosing
  • Access to spaces when available for work and informal readings
In addition to the above, the Directing Fellow will be paid a full-time salary, including overtime when applicable, for the entirety of the season-long program. This is a benefits-eligible position. They will also be given a ticket allowance to see additional shows of their choice.

All materials are due by March 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.
Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018 if selected for the second round.

Required Materials
Personal statement
Please submit a personal statement of up to 500 words describing who you are as a director, what kind of theatre you seek to make, and why. Tell us what excites you about the American theatre, what makes your voice and approach unique, and why you are moved to make theatre now.

Please provide the following information for TWO references:
  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Position
  • Relationship
Please provide a current resume outlining your professional experience as a director, as well as education and training.

Work Sample
A work sample detailing either a project you recently worked on, or a project you are currently developing. Your work sample should take the format of one of the following two options:
Submit up to 4 minutes of video + 250 words OR
Submit up to 6-8 photos + 400 words

All materials must be submitted to:

Please include your first and last name in the subject line of the email.

All questions concerning application process, requirements, or materials should be sent by email to No phone calls, please.

Information Session
An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30–7:30pm in the Langworthy Lounge of the American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street. If you have any questions about the application or Fellowship itself, you are welcome to attend. The current and past Fellows will be available, as will Roundabout’s Director of New Play Development, Jill Rafson. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and can be made here