REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, the nation’s pre-eminent Spanish language theater, is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship for Directors. This fellowship enables emerging Hispanic Latino directors the unique opportunity to mount two professional theater productions at Repertorio Español.

[The Van Lier Fellowship] “is unique in its scope and the amount of freedom and trust it puts in the directors’ hands. It is for this reason that I am extraordinarily thankful to Repertorio Español and the New York Community Trust for giving me the chance to direct these two plays as part of the Van Lier Fellowship. Thanks to them I have been able to take on ambitious projects I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance explore.” –Julián Mesri (Van Lier Fellow 2009-2010)

“Repertorio Español has been this generous and nurturing space in which I could taste a new side of my work: the sweetness and lightness of my childhood mingled with the strength of Lorca’s poetry. At the same time, it has been a great opportunity for dealing with aspects not very provocative but key in the development of any creative work: production. The Van Lier Fellowship has been an amazing exercise in making the theater I want real.” – Gisela Cardenas (Van Lier Fellow 2003-2004)

The requirements for the Van Lier Fellowship include that candidates must be Hispanic Latino, 30 years old or younger, having completed a BA or MFA in dramatic arts and must not be currently enrolled in any university or a full time theatre training program. They must live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, plan to remain in New York City, and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Ideal fellows have some previous experience in directing, an integral knowledge of classical Spanish theatre, contemporary Latin American theatre as well as a familiarity of Hispanic-American playwrights.

Three directors will be chosen to participate in the Van Lier Fellowship based on their production proposals and in-person interviews. Fellows will direct two distinct works in Spanish over two summers. The first round of productions will be contemporary works written in Spanish or works by Hispanic American playwrights which will happen in the summer of 2012. Round two will be plays from the Siglo de Oro (SpainÂ’s Golden Age), which will happen in the summer of 2013.

DEADLINE is Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 11:59pm (timestamp). For an application, please send an e-mail as soon as possible expressing interest to [email protected] with the words “Van Lier” in the subject line. More information is available on the website

The Fellowship is funded by The New York Community Trust.

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of New York City, helping charitable individuals, families, and businesses to improve the quality of life for all the areaÂ’s residents through an aggregate of 2,000 funds. The Trust is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human justice. The Trust is governed by a 12-member Distribution Committee composed of community leaders appointed by a variety of civic institutions. Its staff is recognized for its experience in grantmaking, financial administration, and donor service. Divisions are located on Long Island and in Westchester. In 2009, The Trust made grants of $127 million from assets of $1.8 billion (unaudited).

Repertorio Español (René Buch, Artistic Director; Robert Federico, Executive Director; José Antonio Cruz, Associate Producer) was founded in 1968 by René Buch and Gilberto Zaldívar, to present the best of Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic-American theatre in distinctive, quality productions, and to bring theatre to a broad audience in New York City and across the country, including seniors, students and Hispanics of all national backgrounds. The organization has been awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New York State Governor’s Awards.

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