Not only does the Drama League offer its annual Directors Project for budding directors to hone their craft within the New York theatre community, they also offer a Summer Directing Program for four lucky candidates. This year's winners are Michael Alltop, who's also a fight choreographer; Robert Barrie, who's also a scenic designer; Robert Davenport, a member of Lincoln Center Director's Lab; and Sarah Davie, who served as assistant director on Off-Broadway's Springhill Singing Disaster earlier this year.
All four will go to the Hangar Lab performance space in Ithaca, NY, for ten weeks, where they'll direct a company of actors, designers and support personnel. Guiding the projects will be the Hangar's artistic director, Mark Ramont. Guest artists will also offer classes and seminars. During the term, the four young directors will each stage two hour-long plays and one play for young audiences.
Previous Directors Project Fellows include Christopher Ashley (Jeffrey), Mark Brokaw (How I Learned To Drive, This Is Our Youth) and Michael Mayer (Angels In America's national tour). Julia Hansen is the president of the Drama League of New York, now in its 80th year; Roger T. Danford is artistic director of the League's Directors Project.
For more information about the Drama League, call (212) 302-2100.
-- By David Lefkowitz