Drama League Introduces 2023 Directors Project Cohort

A message from Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Directorof The Drama League of New York:

Dear friends,

I’m overjoyed to introduce, for the first time ever, the fourteen exceptional directors of the 2023 Drama League Directors Project! Selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming the 2023 FutureNow Directing Fellows Héctor AlvarezAlex Keegan, and EJ Soto; Directing Assistantship Recipients Michelle ChanDiego GonzálezSanhawich Meateanuwat, and Vanessa Ogbuehi; Beatrice Terry Director in Residence Ann Kreitman; Next Stage Directors in Residence Nehprii Amenii and Lyam B. Gabel; and, continuing into their second year of the Directors Project, Drama League Stage Directing Fellows Nadia Guevara and Ibi Owolabi, and Drama League Film/Television Directing Fellows NJ Agwuna and Justin Emeka. You can find out much more about them below, and even more at dramaleague.org.

Hailing from Chicago, Cleveland, Iowa City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan, and Washington DC, each of these artists has a rare combination of talent, determination, skill, and artistry that gives me great hope for the future of the American theater. I’m often asked why I am so positive about the future of the creative sector in America… and THIS is why. On behalf of the entire Drama League family — our board, staff, members, alumni and artists — we eagerly look forward to lifting these next-generation talents up, and having you encounter their phenomenal work for years to come!

With gratitude and joy,

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks
Artistic Director, The Drama League of New York

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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