Thinking of applying to a fellowship with the Playwrights’ Center? These overviews will help you see which is the right fit for you.
$25,000/year salary over two years 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). Applications re-open in September 2024.
MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIPS
$25,000/year salary over two years to early career Black playwrights, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights (what's this?), along with $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). Applications reopen in September 2024.
MANY VOICES MENTORSHIP
$2,000 awarded to beginning Black artists, artists of color, and/or Indigenous artists 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 and $700 in development funds. Only Minnesota residents may apply. Applicants must not have had any plays professionally produced. Deadline: December 7, 2023.
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: January 11, 2024.
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 at least two plays professionally produced. Deadline: December 14, 2023.
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 28, 2024.
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 25, 2024.
$25,000/year over two years to playwrights who write ambitious, challenging and formally inventive new works. Fellows also receive over $15,000 in development funds, and partner theaters receive up to $75,000 in production subsidies for the world premiere. Eligibility is based on invited nominations. The. next round of nominators will be invited in summer 2024.
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: February 8, 2024.
If none of these opportunities is right for you, check out our membership program, which is open to all.