Assistant Director Training Programs Seek Applicants


September 2, 2022

The application period for the 2023 Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan’s Assistant Director Training Program (ADTP), and the New York DGA Assistant Director Training Program will soon be under way. Applications for both programs will be available online in September and must be submitted by Wednesday, November 9, 2022 for the West Coast Program and Thursday, December 1, 2022 for the New York program.

Trainees undergo on-the-job work experience, participating in a series of rotations that places trainees on the sets of various feature films and television series under the supervision of DGA 2nd ADs, 1st ADs and UPMs. The training lasts 400 days for West Coast Trainees and 350 days for New York Trainees. All Trainees also attend a number of mandatory seminars on various aspects of the industry. After the successful completion of training, graduates are eligible to join the DGA as a 2nd AD.

If you know of eligible candidates for the training program, visit the West Coast program website at, or call (818) 386-2545; or the New York program website at or call (212) 397-0930.