Festival Observership for Early-Career Directors

National Alliance for Musical Theatre
New York, NY 10018

Job Details


In line with NAMT’s strategic plan, we are thrilled to announce the return of our Festival Observership for Early-Career Directors for the 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals. Please note that for the 2020 Festival, the Observership will be a largely digital program. All observing opportunities will be virtually-based; should there be any in-person gatherings, in-person attendance will be welcome but not required. 

This year, the program will be open to applications from early-career directors who also identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We are intentionally opening this process to the BIPOC community this year as a direct recognition of the absence of BIPOC directing voices through the history of the Festival and more broadly in American Theatre. By providing an opportunity to observe the musical theatre development process, and meet and network with leaders of the industry, we hope that this program will actively expand racial diversity in the musical theatre industry and support the next generation of leaders.

All early-career directors who identify as BIPOC are welcome to apply, including students, recent graduates and directors working in the field who would benefit from the opportunity. Stipends will be provided to all participants.

The observership will invite early-career directors with a demonstrated interest in musical theatre to be a part of the NAMT Festival process from start to finish. The selected observers will have the opportunity to remotely gain first-hand exposure to the new musical development process, observing the techniques that established directors employ while working with writers to bring a new musical to life. In addition to joining the Festival process, the selected observers will be invited to attend the Festival (digitally or in-person) and NAMT’s Fall Conference (typically open only to NAMT members), along with receiving a small stipend and an exclusive chance to be introduced to the NAMT membership, made up of some of the world’s leading musical theatre producers, prior to the Festival. Additional networking opportunities will be announced at a later date.

Please note that there may be changes to the program and the Festival due to COVID-19 precautions.

Key Dates:

  • Applications due: July 12, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • Interviews (virtual): Mid-August, 2020
  • Festival Rehearsals (virtual): TBA
  • Fall Conference (virtual): October 20-21, 2020
  • 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals (virtual): October 22-23, 2020


September 1, 2020 – October 24, 2020