Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playwrights Realm is accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 Writing Fellows Program

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The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director and staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops allows writers to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the Writing Fellows, providing them the information and experiences they decide are most helpful. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the sometimes shadowy business of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.


What We’re Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, plays that embrace the complexity of life and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.

Writing Fellows Receive
  • $2,500 Award
  • Internal workshop
  • Public reading
  • Borrowing Privileges at The Realm: mooch off our Wifi, use a spare laptop or perch in our conference room when it’s free.
  • A key to The Realm’s supply cabinet (copies, pencils and Post-Its galore!)
  • The occasional hug

Program Criteria
Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from October 2014 through May 2015.

Playwrights should identify as early-career. Those who have completed an MFA program are eligible, but not those who will be enrolled during the residency.
Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development at which they would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays that have had a production outside of an academic environment are not eligible.
We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components
Completed application form. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE.
Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions
Full draft of play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.
A list of references to call, or a recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

To apply, send the above materials to: writingfellows@playwrightsrealm.org.

The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page.

All applications must be submitted electronically before May 11, 2014, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.