A camera filming Julia on Sesame Street set.

Directors’ Program

Let’s bring more perspectives behind the camera.

Sesame Workshop Directors’ Program is a fellowship pilot for directing, brought to you by the creators of Sesame Street.

We’re looking to grow our directing pool with directors like YOU — directors new to the kids’ TV space who reflect the diversity of our vast audience. Directors who are selected to join the program will receive hands-on directing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans. Each participant will shadow on Sesame Street shoots and potentially have a chance to direct a digital content piece for Sesame Street. This year’s application period is now closed.

About the Program

What Are the Requirements?

This year’s application is now closed. See Terms and Conditions and FAQ for any additional questions.

Am I Eligible?

Eligibility Check List
Must be in the New York City area or willing to travel to New York City as neededMust have previous episodic directing experience and/or extensive puppet experience.
Must be currently enrolled in the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) or willing to join

Frequently Asked Questions

When will interviews be held?

February 2024

What days/times will the sessions be held?

The exact details have not been confirmed, but the sessions will be virtual or in-person in NYC depending on the activity.

Will this be a paid opportunity?

This is not a paid opportunity, but could potentially lead to paid directing opportunities for Sesame Workshop after completing the program.

Will Sesame Workshop pay for travel?

No, Sesame Workshop will not cover any travel costs for those participating in the program.

Will Sesame Workshop pay for DGA dues?

No, Sesame Workshop will not be responsible for paying DGA dues.

What will the fellowship entail?

1:1 mentorship from veteran Sesame Street directors, informational meetings across Production and Creative teams, shadowing on our short-form digital content production, and a visit to the Sesame Street set at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

Will I be guaranteed an episode to direct after I complete the program?

Mentees may be eligible to join our pool of potential directors, but eligibility does not guarantee assignment or an offer of any directing days.