The Playwrights’ Center invites committed professional playwrights to apply for the Core Writer Program. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.
Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer program include Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, Carlyle Brown, Lonnie Carter, Constance Congdon, Marcus Gardley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Winter Miller, Gregory Moss, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, and Elaine Romero.
The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs Festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.
Each term is three years; Core Writers may re-apply for additional terms.
What I love most about working at the Playwrights’ Center is that the experience is entirely writer-driven. There are no expectations about how I should spend my time, how much rewriting I need to do, what I need to work on, etc. That kind of freedom gives me the space and security to do the work I really need to do to get a play to the next level.
— Samuel D. Hunter
Core Writer, 2011-14
Many more details can be found in the application form below. Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Administrator Julia Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.