Directors Inclusion Initiative

Established in the 2015/2016 season, the Directors Inclusion Initiative aims to encourage and develop emerging Chicago directors who identify as people of color, disabled, women, transgender, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+. We continue our commitment to cultivate a new generation of diverse directors who create dynamic theater work from their unique points of view.

Under the leadership of Ken-Matt Martin and Roxanna Conner, the initiative has been reimagined with a new curriculum which includes four free masterclasses by leading theater artists, observing first rehearsal for each mainstage production, and directing one reading in the 20/50 Festival. The Director Inclusion Initiative cohort will also have the opportunity to attend optional events such as technical rehearsals, final dress, and gatherings hosted by VG leadership.

TIME COMMITMENT

  • 35 hours total, January 2022 – June 2022
  • 12 hours of free masterclasses with leading theater artists
  • 15 hours directing one reading for the 20/50 Festival
  • 8 hours observing rehearsals
  • Additional optional opportunities may be offered periodically.

2021/2022 COHORT DATES

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022: first rehearsal for Queen of the Night
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022: Masterclass #1
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022: first rehearsal for In Every Generation
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022: Masterclass #2
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022: first rehearsal for cullud wattah
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022: Masterclass #3
  • Monday, June 27 – Saturday July 2, 2022: 20/50 Festival
  • Sat, August 20: Masterclass #4

COMPENSATION

$350 for directing one reading for the 20/50 Festival; commensurate with pay for the Ignite Chicago Reading Series.

TO APPLY

Submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of no more than 5 production photos, or one video of a piece you’ve directed. Applications are due by 12PM CT on Friday, October 15, 2021. All materials should be sent to vmusoni@victorygardens.org with the subject line “Directors Inclusion.” Please send your files as a single .pdf document, named as follows: Last_First_DII2122.

Past Directors Inclusion Initiative Fellows

Alexander (Lex) Turner
Tiny Beautiful Things
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Lanise Antoine Shelley
The First Deep Breath
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Christina Casano
How to Defend Yourself
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Jeremy Ohringer
Dhaba on Devon Avenue
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Aliza Feder
Right To Be Forgotten
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Lauren Katz
Indecent
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Mikael Burke
Rightlynd
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N. Emil Thomas
Pipeline
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Denise Yvette Serna
Cambodian Rock Band
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Ruby Des Jardins
If I Forget
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Elizabeth Swanson
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Fun Home
Hannah Tova Wolff
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Fade
Regina Victor
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Breach
Carol Ann Tan
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Kaiser Zaki Ahmed
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Hand To God
Arianna Soloway
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Roz and Ray
Charlotte Drover
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Queen
Ameenah Kaplan
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A Wonder In My Soul
Alyssa Vera Ramos
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Native Gardens
 
 
 
 
 

Toma Tavares Langston
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Sucker Punch
Lavina Jadhwani
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Never the Sinner
Lexi Saunders
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Cocked
Kevin Matthew Reyes
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Hillary And Clinton
Chika Ike
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The House That Will Not Stand
 
 
 
 
 

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