Each season HVSF partners with esteemed theater fellowship programs to offer in-depth seasonal residencies for early-career directors.

Drama League Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is proud to participate in The Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship for Artists of Color, immersing a director in the productions and institutional life of a company working in the classical canon. Open to Stage Directors who identify as Persons of Color, the Fellowship will include the following components:

Professionals Week: May 14-18, 2018: Professionals Week is an intensive immersion in the professional theater.  Fellows will attend performances, participate in seminars and workshops with prominent industry professionals, and participate in discussions designed to prepare you for the demands and expectations of the field.

Stipend: The stipend amount will be determined in April 2018, the amount of which will be disclosed prior to acceptance. For the 2017 cycle, the Stipend was $5,950 for the 14 active weeks of the fellowship (between late May and late January), paid in equal installments.

Transportation: Fellows will be provided with in-city transportation for Professionals Week in New York City. (Travel to and from New York City is not provided.)

Housing: Fellows will be provided with housing in New York City (if needed) during Professionals Week.

Track (In Collaboration with Shakespeare & Co.): May 28th-Sept 3rd: travel to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (Travel to/from, and housing at S&Co, will be provided.) The recipient will assist on MACBETH directed by Melia Bensussen. In July, the recipient will move to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY (again travel and housing provided). There they will assist director Seth Bockley on RIP VAN WINKLE, and Zachary Fine on THE SEA-MAID’S MUSIC. The recipient will also direct a reading of a play selected by staff as part of the HVSF2 reading series.

The SCDF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is proud to participate in The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Sir John Gielgud Fellowship in Classical Theatre. In 1996 this Fellowship originated from a generous contribution from Sir John Gielgud to provide opportunities for early career directors to study the artistic processes of master directors of classical plays. A Gielgud Fellowship Advisory Committee composed of leading directors of classical plays and other established theatre artists select the show, the mentor and the Fellow each year. Recommendations of established theatre professionals on the behalf of potential candidates are accepted and considered by the SDCF’s Advisory committee. The Gielgud Fellow receives a monetary award as well as a free one-year Associate Membership if the Fellow is not already an SDC Associate Member.

Details: The Fellow will join directors Davis McCallum (RICHARD II) and Tyne Rafaeli (THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD) at the first HVSF rehearsal on April 9, 2018 and conclude when RICHARD II opens on June 24, 2018. SDCF will provide the Fellow with a stipend of $2500.

Nomination: This opportunity is by nomination only. Nominators must be Full SDC Members. Self-nomination is not accepted. Nominees do not need to be SDC Members or Associates – all Directors and Director/Choreographers will be considered for this Fellowship. Following nomination, SDCF staff will contact nominees to obtain personal statements and resumes. A selection committee of SDC Members will use these materials to evaluate nominees and select finalists. The Gielgud Fellow will be selected around mid-March. Contact Fellowships@sdcfoundation.org or 646.524.2227 for additional information.