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Drama League of New York Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Professional Societies & Associations, Theater

Mission: The Drama League, founded in 1916, is dedicated to forming connections between audiences and artists of the American Theatre, and to transform, educate, and support both communities to ensure a dynamic and thriving art form for future generations. For more than 90 years The Drama League has worked to vitalize the theatre by building an educated audience base through programs that enrich and enhance the experience of theatre. The nationally-renowned Drama League Directors Project introduces talented young directors to the profession through production support, apprenticeship, mentoring, new play development, and safe space workshops to practice craft. Program alumni can be found working in all aspects of the profession - directing on and off Broadway, in regional theatres nationwide, and in film and television.

Target demographics: theatre directors

Geographic areas served: New York City, though our artists are nationwide and international

Programs: Artistic programs: The Directors Project is a nationally recognized development program offering fellowships and artistic residencies for early and mid-career theater directors in the united states. Through artistic residencies, the organization offers year-round support for theater artists to develop new plays and musicals for future production. International exchanges bring talented artists to new audiences, pave the way for cross-cultural networking and partnerships, and expand the reach of cutting-edge creative practices.

Audience Development: The Drama League promotes awareness and attendance of the theatre by expanding the artist/audience relationship beyond mere performance through a concierge service and ticket subsidies, backstage tours, exclusive discussions with theater artists and industry insiders, social outings, staged readings and workshop performances.

The Annual Awards: The presentation of the Distinguished Performance Award, and honoring outstanding artists for their contribution to the current theater season.

Theater Center: The Drama League presents an In Conversation series with notable artists, as well as hosting educational workshops, and offering discount rehearsal space rentals to our directing alumni.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a tween off broadway actress, trained at Lincoln center in dance and drama, I also took drama throughout my junior and high school years. I also worked at as part-time model. My very first experience with the Drama League, was in 2008, for an event at the Marquis Marriot. I was so nervous, I kept calling the Drama League office asking what I should wear, and a hundred other questions. I was met with warm sincere answers, and the day of the event, was the one of the best days of my life. I am Afrikan/Cherokee mixed, and felt kind of nervous, but all my fears were quelled, by the warm response and the friendliness of the Drama League and their friends; they are like a family. I've been with them every since. I live in Connecticut, and I like the flexibility of volunteering, and the way everybody chip in to make things happen. Most people say that Jewish people own/run broadway, well in my experience, I say if they do, then they 'Share', and I have seen many people of color volunteering, enjoying the festivities, and no 'racism' what so ever. I am happy to be a part of this organization. At 49, I get to live my broadway dreams, although I chose a different career. I wish I could do more for the Drama League, they are fun, caring people, and dedicated to promoting people of all colors, and the arts, to the best of their ability.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Drama League since 2006, and do not regret the decision of having joined. Within this time, I have become a very active member, and volunteer at many of the League's major events, such as the Drama League Awards in May, and the annual benefit Gala in February. I have also served on the League's Strategic Plan committee, and as a Co-Chair. on their 2007 Annual Fund. I am also in my third season as a member of the Nominating Committee for the Awards. Coupled with my regular Editorial job, this amounts to a good deal of time, but it's time I feel well spent. The Drama League is an important organization to the theatre community, as it has accomplished wonderful work for audiences and artists alike. There is no other organization in the U.S. that I can think of off-hand which provides regular theatregoers up front and personal opportunities to learn about the goings on in the theatre scene, (ie: talk backs/artist meet and greets at select plays throughout the season), as well as have the chance to speak with some of the world's best known theatrical luminaries at respectable and well planned events (like the Drama League Awards and the Gala). In addition to serving audiences, for over 25 years, the League's Directors Project has helped to hone the craft of some of the country's best known directors (Diane Paulus and Michael Mayer to name only two). The Drama League has been an integral part of the theatre community for well over 90 years, and its longevity alone speaks volumes. I am very happy to be putting my membership dollars toward such an esteemed institution, and look forward to many more opportunities in which to supply my personal involvement as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

While there are many theatre organizations in New York, one of the few that really stand above and beyond the rest is the Drama League. Since coming to the city five years ago, I cannot count how many times their knowledge has pointed me in the right direction. When you add their other programs, like their Theatre Awards and Directors Program, it quickly becomes apparent this group is really something special. They are keeping theatre vital, and that is often very hard to do.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the finest organizations in NYC that promotes theatres, directors and gives opportunities to those who may not have the initial resources to develop their talents. Dollars well spent in promoting directors, theatres and all the opportunities within. Strong involved board.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I just became a member of the Board of Directors and am exceedingly impressed by this organization. The staff is energized, professional and engaging - I cannot believe the work that is done by such a small group of people!! The Directors Project, the membership discounts and advantage program, the Backstage Crew, and the fund-raising events...and they do it all with smiles on their faces and an eagerness to do more. My hat's off to The Drama League of New York!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone actively involved in the New York theatre, I am extremely proud of my longtime association (at least 15 years) with the Drama League. This organization provides highly successful training for directors not only in theatre but also in movies and television. After the training, many of these individuals have made major achievements in their directing careers. The Drama League also has opportunities for enriching the theatre-going experience for audiences--on Broadway,off-Broadway, regionally and even internationally. The Drama League is truly a one-of-a-kind organization--Harry Neyens