Applications Now Open for the 2019 Resident Directors

The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Niegel Smith and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, seeks emerging directors for its Resident Director Program.

The Resident Director Program is an intensive residency for a small team of ambitious directors. This unique program offers a hands-on approach to directing and producing through the opportunity to work, train, and direct in support of a leading Off-Off-Broadway theater. The Resident Directors work alongside The Flea’s resident acting company, The Bats, and are at the core of our bold and inventive programming. All season long, Resident Directors helm readings, workshops and full-length productions as well as volunteer their time and talents as members of The Flea community.

Over the course of their tenure, Resident Directors will:

  • Assist directors on productions
  • Direct for SERIALS, The Flea’s late-night, episodic play competition
  • Read and discuss plays in consideration for The Flea’s season
  • Stage manage a Flea production
  • House manage for Flea productions
  • Develop and pitch shows for The Siggy, our 46 seat black box theater
  • Have the support and resources of The Flea staff to develop workshops, readings or new initiatives
  • Be mentored in leadership by the Artistic and Producing Directors

Requirements for eligibility:

  • Must be over 21 years of age and not enrolled in a full-time academic program.
  • Must live within 90 minutes to The Flea Theater via car or rail.

To apply please submit the following:

  • Headshot or photo
  • 1 page artist statement- strong applicants will articulate a compelling vision for their artistic practice
  • Short Bio (100 words or less)
  • Resume
  • List of all commitments (directorial and otherwise) for 2019-2020 season

Application deadline:

Monday, April 15th 11:59 pm


  • Application Deadline: Monday, April 15th 11:59 pm
  • Finalists Selected: Monday, April 22nd
  • Interviews and Practical Evaluations: Thursday, May 9th – Saturday, May 11th
  • Notification of Selection: week of Monday, May 13th

To apply, please submit via this FORM


Resident Directors

The Flea’s Resident Director program is an intensive practicum for early-career directors. Participants engage in the full spectrum of directing. They assistant-direct and stage manage each others shows and those of guest artists, review scripts for the theater, they direct readings and workshops of plays under consideration by the Artistic and Producing Directors, and ultimately direct their own full-length production as part of The Flea’s season.

Several Resident Directors have gone to become Associate Artists at The Flea. We serve as their artistic home – they know they can always premiere work at The Flea, even while taking advantage of directing opportunities elsewhere in the city and around the globe. We are proud to welcome our Associate Artists back as they continue to deepen and broaden independent directorial careers.

Participation in Resident Directors is by application and the program is free of charge. We open the program by application every other season and will be posting for new directors in the fall/winter of 2018. Please check back periodically.

Current Resident Directors

Misha Chowdhury                     Anne Cecelia Haney

Kate Moore Heaney                  Kimille Howard

Marina McClure                        David Monteagudo

Yuriy Pavlish                              Michael Raine

Tyler Thomas                            Dina Vovsi

Ran Xia

Current Associate Artists

Tom Costello                        Kristan Seemel

Michelle Tattenbaum         Danya Taymor

Courtney Ulrich