Core Apprentice

The Playwrights' Center's Core Apprentice program is offered in partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Each year the Playwrights' Center will offer fully funded play development workshops for three student playwrights combined with a nine-month mentorship with a professional playwright. Previous mentors have included Pearl Cleage, Dominique Morisseau, David Henry Hwang, and Taylor Mac. New Plays on Campus Member Schools can identify up to three currently enrolled or recently graduated (within one year) student writers (graduate or undergraduate) who they feel are ready for this opportunity.

The top twelve to fifteen rated students after the first round of review will be contacted for the full script of their play in May 2021, which will then be read by a larger panel. The three writers selected for the Core Apprentice development experience will receive: a professional mentorship with an established playwright who will read the student's work, provide career advice, and serve as a connection to the field; recognition on the Playwrights' Center website and consulting opportunities with Playwrights' Center artistic staff; Playwrights' Center Membership for two years; professional development and educational opportunities; an intensive workshop with professional actors, a dramaturg, and a director; a $500 stipend for the workshop in June 2022. Applicants do not need to be residents of Minnesota.

The Application

Each application will contain the following pieces:

-Application Form (including contact details, eligibility, and demographic information)

-Professional Resume
Include a professional resume that details work, education, and life experiences that are relevant to this opportunity.

-1 page Artistic Statement
This is a one-page artistic statement written by you describing how the Core Apprenticeship (which includes a nine-month mentorship, career development and educational opportunities, and a professional workshop) would be transformative for you as an artist. What goals would you hope to achieve by the end of this apprenticeship?

-Script Sample
Please submit a 15- to 25-page sample of the script that you are proposing to workshop. Please include a brief play synopsis and casting description at the beginning of the sample. Be sure your name and the play title are on the cover page. All script submissions must be written only by the applicant—no co-written submissions will be accepted. Scripts for musicals may be submitted by the book writer only. If you advance to the finalist round, you will be asked for the full script, but please only submit a play for which you have a complete, full-length draft. Full-length plays are defined as those that run at least one hour in performance.

-One letter of recommendation
Please request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member detailing why you would benefit from a workshop at this time, your strengths, and areas in which you have room for growth in your craft. We recommend requesting a letter by the person who nominated you, but that is not required. Letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline (March 4, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST). You will be requesting your letter through the link below.

Questions may be addressed to University Programs and Partnerships Assistant Shalee Mae Cole Mauleón at

Note: You will need to make a SlideRoom account in order to apply. If you are a Playwrights' Center member, your PWC login will not automatically log you in to SlideRoom—they are two different systems. If you already have a SlideRoom account, you should be able to access the application using your existing login.

For a video tutorial on using SlideRoom, please click here.


March 4, 2021
Core Apprentice
Core Apprentice
Core Apprentice