What is AWD’s Career Advancement Program?

AWD’s Career Advancement Programs (CAP) focus on Professional Development, Community, and Advocacy for Women-Identifying and Gender Non-Binary Directors.

Our current programs include:

  • Master Classes: Attendees receive hands-on, applicable information from Showrunners, Editors, Top Directors, DPs, and more. Topics include but are not limited to: Prepping, shooting and editing episodes of television, Pitching projects to financiers, and Applying to diversity programs.
  • Professional Partnerships: AWD collaborates with Studios, Networks, and allied organization to produce panels, mixers, and workshops for our members.
  • Works in Progress Program: AWD directors screen new works currently in post or headed for the festival circuit for peer review.
  • Black Directors Advancement Initiative: BDAI facilitates relationships between industry professionals and Black AWD directors for the purpose of career development.
  • Directing the Actor Lab: Topics covered include in-depth scene breakdowns, rehearsal exercises and techniques, and playable direction and adjustments for actors. 
  • Rising Director Fellowship: The selected directors are introduced to industry professions through Q&A sessions geared toward working in episodic television.
  • Peer-to-Peer Shadowing: Participants are connected with more established AWD directors to shadow on films, commercials, music videos, or web series.