The Directors Company is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company with an extraordinary record in its mission to develop and produce groundbreaking new plays and musicals initiated and generated by outstanding directorial talent, for the American theatre public. For over twenty-five years, The Directors Company has mentored and supported emerging artists in the development of original theatre works from inception to production, providing artistic and dramaturgical guidance to promising, new theatre artists and their projects. The future of American theatre depends on a regular influx of new works, to which The Directors Company is committed, and the collaborative process we encourage involves not only the playwright and director, but audiences as well, who play a part in the emergence of original works giving voice to contemporary concerns.
In the MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION DIVISION, fully mounted productions showcase to the public the work of new talent. Most recently, Irena’s Vow, a new play by Dan Gordon, was developed through script work and readings at The Directors Company. Directed by Artistic/Producing Director Michael Parva, it debuted Off-Broadway at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. After an extended successful Off-Broadway run, the play transferred to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, receiving a nomination by the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding New Broadway Play. Prior to transferring to Broadway, The Directors Company was invited to present a staged reading of the play at the United Nations for the diplomatic community.
In an unprecedented occurrence for a commercial, Broadway run, talk-back sessions with Jeannie Opdyke Smith, real-life daughter of Irena Opdyke, of whom the play is based occurred after every performance. After every performance of the Broadway run of Irena’s Vow, unprecedented these Question and Answer sessions further connected and engaged the community in not only the play itself, but to the story of one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II.
Our DEVELOPMENT DIVISION is a forum, which includes our NEW WORKS SERIES, for directors and playwrights to develop and present staged readings and workshops of promising new plays and musicals for consideration as future full productions. Our development process is open to the public through free presentations, giving the audience a sneak peak into the early stages of the creation of an original theatrical work.
Also within the division is THE DIRECTORS STUDIO, designed to support the work of exceptional emerging directors and their projects. The Studio also provides an invaluable arena for these directors to showcase their work to the public through various series, workshops and labs. Recent productions to be held in The Directors Studio is Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Laila Robins and our Adaptations for the Stage Lab, led by Master Director Nagle Jackson, which recently included:
· The Money Tree, adapted and directed by Edward Mustoe;
· The Blind Assassin, adapted and directed by Kevin T. Morales;
· Madame Bovary, adapted and directed by Katherine Carter
The mission of THE HAROLD PRINCE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM is to mentor the next generation of musical theatre artists; and simultaneously to ensure the future vitality of American musical theatre by fostering the creation, development and production of original musical theatre works. 3hree (short musicals), originally produced and developed at TDC, written by Laurence O’Keefe, Julia Jordan (a member of New Dramatists) and others, premiered in 2000 at The Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, and played at L.A. Ahmanson Theatre in 2001; Elliot Ness…In Cleveland, which won composer Robert Nassif a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award, played at The Denver Center and The Cleveland Play House was originally developed at The Directors Company.
Projects selected for development or production are eclectic, as they are generated and driven by a diverse group of directors, and it is our ongoing commitment to seek out new directorial talent to that end. We pride ourselves on our flexible schedule; producing on a project-by-project basis allows us to tailor our season to the needs of each project.