Each year, the Playwrights’ Center serves as an artistic home for nearly 40 fellows and Core Writers, in addition to supporting 2,000+ member playwrights across the globe and partnering with producing theaters to move work from page to stage. We are thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 Jerome Fellows Cristina Luzárraga, Courtney Meaker, and Tylie Shider; Many Voices Fellows Candrice Jones and Kit Yan; and Many Voices Mentee Morgan Holmes.
Jerome and Many Voices Fellows spend a year in residency in the Twin Cities, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country. In addition to an $18,000 stipend, fellows receive $2,500 in play development funds to workshop new plays with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors. The Center also builds connections between the playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, workshops with collaborators and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.
The Many Voices Mentee is a Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color and/or Indigenous playwright who is committed to spending a year learning and developing their craft. The Mentorship provides a $2,000 stipend along with free access to over $1,500 in services including classes, workshop time, and one-on-one mentorship.
2019-2020 JEROME FELLOWS
Cristina Luzárraga, Courtney Meaker, and Tylie Shider
Jerome Fellowships are awarded annually to early-career playwrights. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2019-2020 Jerome Fellows are:
● Cristina Luzárraga, a playwright from New Jersey whose work includes the 2018 Screencraft Stage Play award winning play, “La Mujer Barbuda.” She is an alum of The Second City Conservatory in Chicago.
● Courtney Meaker, whose work includes “Buckshot,” “Chaos Theory – a play seeking order,” “The Lost,” “That’swhatshesaid,” “Tiny Thin Woman Inside” and “You Must Wear a Hat.” She has developed plays at the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network, among other venues.
● Tylie Shider’s plays include “Parable of the Backyard Roots,” “Bastard,” “Platform States of Mind” and “Talk.” His awards include: Drama Desk from Delaware State University and The Theater Project’s One-Act competition 2015 Best Play and Audience Favorite.
2019-2020 MANY VOICES FELLOWS
Candrice Jones, Kit Yan
Many Voices Fellowships are awarded annually to early-career writers of color and/or Indigenous writers. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2019-2020 Many Voices Fellows are:
● Candrice Jones, a playwright, poet and educator from Dermott, Arkansas. She has previously been a fellow at Callaloo. She is the author of the full-length play “Crackbaby.”
● Kit Yan, a New York-based artist. They are a 2018-2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, a 2019 Lincoln Center Writer in Residence, a 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory Makers Fellow and a 2019 MacDowell Fellow. Their work includes “Interstate” and “Queer Heartache.”
2019-2020 MANY VOICES MENTEE
The Many Voices Mentorship is awarded to a Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color and/or Indigenous playwright. The 2019-2020 Many Voices Mentee is Morgan Holmes, a Twin Cities playwright and theater artist. She is on staff at Blackout Improv and the Guthrie Theater and serves on Park Square Theatre’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board.