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The Roundabout Directing Fellowship has been established to provide development opportunities, resources, and career assistance to early career directors in the American Theatre. The Fellowship was created specifically to foster new relationships with, and to create a launchpad for, artists who have traditionally 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.

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, independence to pursue their own projects, and introductions to artistic leaders across the industry. 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.

Since their time at Roundabout, past Fellows have gone on to direct off-Broadway, regionally, and at academic institutions around the country. They have served as associate directors on and off Broadway and have taken further steps in their freelance careers after deepening their networks through the Fellowship. Our goal is to support and advance 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.


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 one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, and one of New York City’s leading cultural institutions. With five stages on and off Broadway, Roundabout now reaches over 1 million 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.


Artistry. We give our artists the autonomy to create.
Connection. We believe shared live experiences preserve and improve our humanity.
Bravery. We make choices for art, not for profit.
Vision. We acknowledge our responsibilities at the forefront of the industry.
Education. We transform theaters into classrooms and classrooms into theaters.
Community. We invest in and engage with our city and beyond.
Inclusivity. We strive to make our institution relevant and accessible to all.


We acknowledge that our society has been built on systems that marginalize many groups. We pledge to address the ways in which Roundabout has been a part of this marginalization and how those inequities can be corrected. We pledge to be accountable for identifying the inequities in our organization and in our industry and are working to break down barriers to ensure that all individuals—with all of our differences—have an opportunity to be included and to feel welcome in our spaces and artistic practices. We pledge that the stories we tell on our stages will reflect a wide variety of backgrounds. It is our sincere belief that these ongoing commitments are imperative to increase not only the quality of work on our stages but also the strength of our institution.

Roundabout Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to represent individuals from all walks of life in its workforce. We want our employment community to be a representation of the diverse world we live in. As such, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply, and we ensure that every candidate who applies for a position at Roundabout Theatre Company is treated equally and fairly without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status and any other factor prohibited by law. We believe diversity in our teammates is paramount to our success as a not-for-profit theatre serving all communities in New York.


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 (approximately August 2020 through June 2021). 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 January 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.

Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2020 if selected for the second round.

An offer will be made by April 1, 2020.


1. Resume

A current resume outlining your professional experience as a director. Please list education, training, and any additional relevant experience (administrative, etc.).

2. 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.

3. Work Sample

A work sample detailing a project you recently worked on, a project you are currently developing, or a project you’d be excited about having the opportunity to develop. Your work sample should take the format of one of the following two options:

Submit up to 4 minutes of video + 250 words


Submit up to 6-8 research or production images + 400 words

We ask that video samples be shared via YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox links. Photos should be via a Dropbox link or embedded in the PDF. We will not accept videos or photos individually attached to the email.

4. References

Please provide the following information for TWO references:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Position
  • Relationship

Please send the materials in the order listed above as a single PDF. The file should be saved with your last name and first name as the file name (i.e. LastnameFirstname.pdf)

All materials must be submitted to:

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

As part of our application process, we ask that candidates consider completing a survey. This is voluntary, and survey information will be anonymous and kept separate from application materials. Click on the link below to access the survey, and use code DF2020 where asked for the job code.

Take the Survey


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


An Information Session will be held on Wednesday, January 8th from 6:00 – 7:00pm 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. RSVP not required, but encouraged, and you can do so here. Current and past Fellows will be available, as will Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director, Jill Rafson, who supervises the program. If you are not able to attend the information session, feel free to reach out to with any questions.


What shows will I be the assistant director on? Do I have a choice?

We want to make sure the Fellow has the opportunity to assist in a variety of spaces and with a range of directors. To that end, we can assure that the 2020-21 Directing Fellow will work in at least two different Roundabout theatres, with every effort made to put them on at least one Broadway production. If the production schedule allows for choice, we will make every effort to cater to the individual Fellow’s interests.

What do I work on when I’m not assistant directing? Am I required to be in the office?

How you spend your time outside of assistant directing is entirely up to you! Of course, we love having our Fellow in the office, and we ask that the Fellow participate on the Literary team as a Script Reader, which will require one meeting approximately every 4 weeks. As long as it doesn’t interfere with your pre-determined Roundabout assistant directing work or developmental workshops, we encourage Fellows to direct readings, set up meetings with industry professionals, or pursue freelance directing work.

I’ve heard about the Roundabout Directors Group. Can you tell me more about it? Is there a separate application process?

The Roundabout Directors Group (RDG) was created to offer resources and provide career assistance to early career directors for the American theatre, building on the work begun through the Roundabout Directing Fellowship. The group is currently led by Directing Fellow Alum Miranda Haymon and creates an artistic community for directors at similar stages of their careers, fostering camaraderie, lateral mentorship, and insight into the workings of a large not-for-profit institution.

RDG members are selected annually for a season-long commitment. Directors are selected from previous fellowship applicants and nominations from the Roundabout artistic team, so there is no application process. By applying for the 2020-21 Directing Fellowship, you are also being considered for that season’s RDG, and no additional materials are required. You will be contacted by Roundabout in Spring 2020 if you are being invited to join RDG.

How do I know if I’m the right fit for RDG?

The Roundabout Directors Group was made to encourage peer networking and community building among early career directors as well as the growth of each individual director’s knowledge of the industry at large. While this program is not focused on developing craft, directors who are looking to grow their network of colleagues in order to share resources, knowledge, and to learn the inner workings of a large nonprofit institution will find just that.