About the Group
Roundabout Directors Group (RDG) was created to offer resources and provide career assistance to the next generation of directors for the American Theatre by providing them with a foundation on which they can build lasting careers in the industry.
RDG creates an artistic community for directors at similar stages of their work, fostering camaraderie, lateral mentorship, access to expanded professional networks, and insight into the workings of a large not-for-profit institution.
The RDG cohort meets monthly with established artists to offer mentorship and workshops on topics such as: leadership during a global pandemic, transitioning from assisting to directing, directing for TV/Film, understanding SDC, self-producing, finding representation, and more. Most importantly, RDG serves as a connection point to find community between colleagues with the hope that our members leave RDG with a larger circle of industry connections, knowledge, and a close group of peers.
RDG is specifically focused on creating a launchpad for artists who have historically been denied equitable opportunities in the theatre industry. To that end, we actively encourage and seek applications from underrepresented groups, inclusive of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, and disability status.
RDG members are selected annually for a season-long commitment that includes:
- monthly meetings featuring industry guests
- tickets to all Roundabout productions
- opportunities for observing rehearsals of Roundabout’s developmental work
- networking sessions with other early-career artist groups
- opportunities to form relationships with Roundabout leadership, Artists in Residence, and RDG alumni
- opportunities for feedback on website, portfolio, applications, etc.
- headshot session
RDG members receive a modest professional development fund to be used throughout their season (September 2022 through August 2023) for theatre tickets, research, theatre-related travel, or any other expense that may qualify as furthering their work as an artist.
Support for the Directors Group and all of Roundabout's Artists in Residence programming is generously provided by the Leon Levy Foundation.
The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private foundation created from Leon Levy’s Estate by his wife and Founding Trustee, Shelby White. The Foundation continues Leon Levy’s philanthropic legacy and builds on his vision. Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $400 million.
The Leon Levy Foundation supports the preservation, understanding and expansion of knowledge in the Ancient World, Arts and Humanities, Nature and Gardens, Neuroscience, Human Rights and Jewish culture.