Drama League president Julia Hansen announced May 17 that the Directors Project which she founded in 1984 has selected 12 directors from a highly competitive national search to participate in the Drama League's four application programs. Selected for:
Fall Production Program:
* Andrew Dickey. An MFA graduate of Louisiana State University, Dickey has worked at Washington, D.C.'s Potomac Theatre Project.
* Pam MacKinnon. A graduate of the UC San Diego, MacKinnon assisted Des McAnuff on Tommy and this season's High Society.
* Tom Rowan. An MFA graduate of the University of Washington, Rowan resides in Denver where he works in the Denver Center Theatre Company's literary department.
* Mary Tomlinson. She attended Cal State University in Los Angeles where she has worked with writers at the Mark Taper Forum and the Audrey Skirbell Kenis Theatre.
Summer Directing Program:
* Marie-Louise Miller. An MFA graduate of Northwestern University, Miller has worked at Seattle Rep and at several theatres in Germany.
* Lane Savadove. Currently in the MFA program at Columbia University, Savadove was the artistic director of San Francisco's EgoPo Theatre Company from 1991-1998.
* Delicia Sonnenberg. A BFA graduate of the University of Texas, Sonnenberg is currently a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre.
* Allison Stockman. A graduate of Princeton University (where she was Triangle Club president), Stockman was a directing intern last summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Special Interest Residency:
* Michael John Garces. A former Princess Grace Directing Fellow, Garces is both a director and a playwright. His residency with INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center will allow him to produce and direct a wide number of events to honor the centenary of Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca.
New Directors/New Works:
* Loretta Greco will collaborate with noted dancer Rob Besserer on a new dance/theatre production of Ibsen's Lady From the Sea.
* Lorna Littleway will be developing her second New Directors/New Works production, The Fable of the Grandmama Tree by Benard Cummings.
* Jean Randich and her collaborators, writer Karen Hartman and composer Kim Sherman, will be working on their new music theatre piece Girl Under Grain, a modern version of the Biblical parable of Ruth and Naomi. The Directors Project, under the leadership of artistic director Roger Danforth, is now beginning its 15th year. Its 125 alumni can be found working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at every major regional theatre and in film and television. They hold leadership positions at some of our finest regional theatres and are now training the next generation of directors at prominent graduate programs.
Michael Mayer, who won a Drama Desk Award May 17 for Side Man and A View From the Bridge and is currently a Tony contender for the latter, is a particularly conspicuous graduate of The Directors Projects. Others include Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive, As Bees in Honey Drown), Joe Calarco (R & J) and John Rando (Mere Mortals, Encore's Strike Up the Band).
-- By Harry Haun