Thinking of applying to a fellowship with the Playwrights’ Center? These overviews will help you see which is the right fit for you.
$20,000 awarded to early career playwrights, in addition to $3,000 in development funds. Applicants may have had no more than two plays professionally produced. Fellows must maintain residency in Minnesota for the duration of their fellowship (July 1 – June 30). Deadline: November 4, 2021.
MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIPS
$20,000 awarded to early career Black playwright, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights, along with $3,000 in development funds. Applicants may have had no more than one play professionally produced. Fellows must maintain residency in Minnesota for the duration of their fellowship (July 1 – June 30). Deadline: November 18, 2021.
MANY VOICES MENTORSHIP
$2,000 awarded to beginning Black artists, artists of color, and/or Indigenous artist with an interest in playwriting, as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. Only Minnesota residents may apply. This opportunity offers a yearlong artistic mentorship to artists with little or no previous playwriting experience. Deadline: November 18, 2021.
McKNIGHT FELLOWSHIPS IN PLAYWRITING
$25,000 awarded to two mid-career Minnesota-based playwrights. Applicants are also awarded $2,500 in development funds and $1,400 in travel funds. Applicants must have had one or more plays professionally produced. Deadline: December 9, 2021.
McKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION
$15,000 is awarded to one nationally recognized playwright to aid in the commissioning and development of a new work. Recipients receive up to $12,250 in development funds to aid in the creation of the play. They also receive a public reading of the commissioned play. To be eligible, applicants must have had more than two plays professionally produced. Deadline: December 2, 2021.
McKNIGHT THEATER ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS
Three $25,000 fellowships are awarded to Minnesota-based theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. Fellows must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year. Deadline: March 31, 2022.
CORE WRITER PROGRAM
Core Writers are awarded a three-year term with the Center. They receive one development workshop per year and may apply for the public season. The Center will provide casting, space, and theater artist pay for development workshops. Funding is available to support travel and housing. Deadline: January 20, 2022.
CORE APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Students and recent grads from a New Plays on Campus member schools may apply for the Core Apprentice program, which offers fully funded play development workshops and a year of mentorship to three student playwrights. Deadline: March 4, 2022.
If none of these opportunities is right for you, check out our membership program, which is open to all.