The Drama League, the theatrical organization that provides resources for stage directors, announced Monday the launch of multiple relief efforts for directors affected by theater closures across the country.
The initiatives will include the Ghost Light Campaign, an online fundraiser in which the proceeds will go toward “key resources and rapid response funds” for directors.
For every dollar donated, 25 cents will go to the Directors Emergency Relief Fund, also run by the Drama League, which provides small, short-term grants for directors in immediate need of income. Grant applications will go out in mid-April, and the amount of grants given will correspond with the amount of funds raised.
Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be eligible for the grants. Directors must also provide proof of professional stage directing work.
The campaign includes the Stage Directors COVID-19 Impact Survey, in which directors nationwide can provide information on how the outbreak has affected them.
“These metrics will be shared with support services to find solutions for the loss of income and opportunities that Directors are facing,” the organization said in a press release.
The Drama League has also continued some of its existing financial programs in a virtual format. Finalists for residencies and fellowships were recently interviewed on video, and the League will announce the recipients in early May.