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Playwrights Horizons Seeking Fellowship Candidates of Color

Playwrights Horizons Seeking Fellowship Candidates of Color
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Playwrights Horizons, New York City’s theater dedicated to writer-focused productions, is accepting applications for a multicultural scholarship for artists of color interested in joining the theater’s fellowship program. The yearlong fellowships at the well-regarded theater of new works are designed to integrate next-generation theater artists into Playwrights regular production season. Fellows can have a variety of different focuses from directing, to musical theater, to stage management, to casting.

The scholarships, made possible by grants from New York Community Trust’s Van Lier Fun and the Tiger Baron Foundation, seek to propel artists of color into the Playwrights organization through significant financial support in addition to one’s fellowship and public transportation per diem. The funds allow for a limited amount of scholarships at $10,000 each.

Postulates in the upcoming crop of fellows would begin their fellowship at Playwrights in the late summer of this year and work through June of 2019.

Alumni of the fellowship include prolific theater artists like the Tony Award–winning director of “Fun Home,” Sam Gold, composer and lyricist of “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, and Pulitzer-nominated playwright of “The Wolves,” Sarah Delappe—even the theater’s artistic director, Tim Sanford, is an alum.

Playwrights has debuted many iconic new works into the American theater canon recently with new plays from America’s up-and-coming playwrights from Lisa D’Amour to Taylor Mac.

Interested artists need to make sure their rèsumès and cover letters are edited and ready-to-go. Applications are due March 1 for directors and stage managers. All other applications are due March 15. Multicultural Scholarship requests can accompany general applications. For more information and access to the online applications, click here.

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