|A message from Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Directorof The Drama League of New York:|
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 Alvarez, Alex Keegan, and EJ Soto; Directing Assistantship Recipients Michelle Chan, Diego González, Sanhawich 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,
Artistic Director, The Drama League of New York