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Director Shadowing Program

Application Submission Materials

  • A brief biography detailing your background and experience.

  • A letter of interest explaining how your background and previous work experience make you an ideal candidate for the Half Director Shadowing Program, what you hope to learn by shadowing on episodic television and why you need this program.

  • 1-3 links to samples of work you have directed (created within the last five years)

  • Photo (optional)

Please Note

  • We do not accept pitches, recommendation letters or nominations. Additionally, we do not take individual meetings or interviews with any applicants (or potential applicants) for a general or informational meeting. This allows us to keep the process fair and open to all.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the US.

  • Due to the high volume of applications and nature of our production schedule, we will only be able to respond and notify applicants who qualify for the second round interview process.

  • Acceptance into the Director Shadowing Program happens on a rolling basis throughout the year, mentees are announced on our Instagram once they begin shadowing on a Ryan Murphy Production.

  • For those who applied in 2023, if you have not been invited to a second round interview by the end of April 2024, we encourage you to reapply for the new submission cycle in June 2024. 

  • We review and interview year-round. We place mentees based on how many spots we have each year, which is ever-changing. 

Production Assistant (PA) Intensive Program


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the US and/or eligible to work in the US. Accepted participants are paid a weekly production assistant rate on a Ryan Murphy Production.

  • The program is open to anyone who has not yet worked as a Production Assistant in episodic television.

Notification Info
​October 1st for NYC . July 1st for LA. If you are not contacted for a second round interview by these dates, then you have not been selected and we encourage you to apply again in 2025.

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