National Directors Fellowship Selections Announced
Washington, DC – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National New Play Network, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation jointly announce the selection of five directors from a nationwide pool of applicants for the 2017 National Directors Fellowship:
Sherri Eden Barber
Says Wendy C. Goldberg, NDF Program Director, “I am excited to introduce these five directors as recipients of the National Directors Fellowship. It was an incredibly competitive process, and it is a reminder of the profound need for a program such as this one. There is nothing quite like this program for directors who are focusing on new work, and I'm honored to be working with these artists.”
In addition to Goldberg, the selection committee included: Nan Barnett (Executive Director, National New Play Network), Bradley King (Lighting Designer), Portia Krieger (Freelance Director and National Directors Fellow 2016-2017), Deborah Zoe Laufer (playwright), Jack Reuler (Artistic Director, Mixed Blood Theatre, NNPN Core Member Theater), David Roberts (Director, SDC Foundation), and Chay Yew (Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater).
Fellowships begin at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in July 2017, with workshops and professional development opportunities throughout the year, culminating with a professional directing post within the wide-ranging network of National New Play Network Member Theaters.
2017 NDF finalists are: Sash Bischoff, Jennifer Chang, Erin Gilley, Matt Hawkins, Flordelino Langundino, Doug Oliphant, Dina Vovsi, and Beth Wood
ABOUT SHERRI EDEN BARBER
ABOUT ESTEFANÍA FADUL
ABOUT KAREEM FAHMY
ABOUT LEORA MORRIS
ABOUT LA WILLIAMS
ABOUT THE NATIONAL DIRECTORS FELLOWSHIP
The Fellowship includes 18 months of practical, hands-on training, mentorship, and – most importantly – concludes with a professional directing opportunity. It connects directors to a vast network of playwrights and theaters, expands access to professional support services, and provides laboratory-like settings for observation and experimentation, equipping tomorrow’s stage directors with the skills, knowledge, and network to advance new play development and production around the country. Under the leadership of National Playwrights Conference Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg, Fellows begin in July of each year, observing and participating in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Fellows then travel to the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop and Directing Intensive in August, led by NNPN and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the NNPN National Showcase of New Plays in December. In January, they reconvene for an intense two-week Directing Symposium at the O’Neill, and the fellowship concludes with a professional directing opportunity at an NNPN Core Member theater. Funding for the National Directors Fellowship provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
ABOUT THE EUGENE O'NEILL THEATER CENTER
Founded in 1964, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O’Neill owns and operates Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and National Medal of Arts. www.theoneill.org.