The Drama League’s Winter Mixer Celebrates Stage Directors

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Drama League Board.

This past Monday night, The Drama League Winter Mixer, hosted by President Bonnie Comley, Executive Director Bevin Ross, and Artistic Director Gabriel Stelain-Shanks, was a celebration of the return of live theater and the directors at the helm. Throughout the pandemic and for the past two years, The Drama League has honored theater artists and philanthropists working closely with the organization including Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Iris Smith, Willette Murphy Klausner, Rose and Luigi Caiola, Lileana Blain Cruz and Liesl Tommy, among others.

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Irene Gandy, and Bevin Ross.

The Drama League mentors their exceptional stage directors through personalized training, production opportunities, and professional development. The successful track record has attracted theater industry insiders, and philanthropists and garnered grants from major foundations.

Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley.

The alumni of the Drama League’s Directors Project initiative has become a who’s who of Broadway directors, with 30% of the Broadway shows each year being directed by this illustrious group.

This season The Drama League is represented on Broadway by Directors Project alumni including: Diane Paulus (1776), Michael Mayer (Funny Girl, A Beautiful Noise), Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge) Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Lear DeBessonet (Into The Woods), Ibi Owolabi (Assistant Director of The Cost of Living), and Hannah Ryan (Resident Director of Hamilton).

The Drama League Board and staff has lots to celebrate but they remain focused on the Drama League’s mission of advancing the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors.

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L. to r.: Kumiko Yoshii; Helen O’Rourke.
NJ Agwuna, Ben Villegas Randle, Ellie Heyman, and Hannah Ryan.
L. to r.: Townsend Teague; Mary Jain.
Sarah Hutton and Bonnie Comley.
L. to r.: Tegan Summer; John Allen Turner.
L. to r.: Ellie Heyman; Estefania Fadul; Hannah Ryan.
L. to r.: Bonnie Comley with Rosann Gutman and Anita Durst.
Jonathan Demar, Lamar Richardson, Rashad V. Chambers, Townsend Teague, and Patrick Morrow.
L. to r.: Bernadette Norman; Danielle Allen.
L. to r.: Donna Daniels; Christina Isaly Liceaga and Ulises Liceaga.
Bevin Ross, Irene Gandy, Bonnie Comley, and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks.
L. to r.: Anita Durst; Trish Chambers.

Helen O’Rourke and Bernadette Norman.
Hannah Ryan and NJ Agwuna.
Ben Villegas Randle.
Lamar Richardson and Irene Gandy.
Copies of Black Broadway and Let’s Put On A Show by Stewart F. Lane were there for the taking.

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