Playwright exchanges between theatres in the Twin Cities and Philadelphia will occur for a third time thanks to renewed grant support by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Participating theatres play host to their chosen playwrights for residencies which last up to 10 days. For every participating theatre in Minnesota, one Philadelphia playwright will be chosen, and vice versa.
In addition to the residency, selected playwrights will be provided with a staged reading at their host theatre and an honorarium of $1,100, plus travel and housing expenses.
Five Philadelphia theatres and five Minnesota theatres will participate in the exchange. The Playwright exchanges are organized by The Playwrights' Center, which has also organized exchanges between New York and Los Angeles and Denver and Manitoba.
In further good work for the City of Brotherly Love, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts has awarded $50,000 fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-area artists. This year's crop of grants was given to artists working in the areas of choreography and movement-based performance art, craft arts, and music composition. The dozen winners are: Kariamu Asante, Yvonne Bobrowicz, Dave Burrell, Joseph Cashore, Rennie Harris, Jan Krzywicki, Bruce Metcalf, Todd Noe, James Primosch, Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk, Rudolf Staffel, and Robert Zankel.
The Pew Fellowships are granted annually to artists over the age of 25 who have lived at least two years in Philadelphia or Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Buck counties. The 1997 round of prizes will focus on the areas of scriptworks, media arts, and two-dimensional visual arts (painting, photography, printmaking, graphic design, and illustration). Applications and guidelines will be available in Se