Many Voices Mentorship

Jerome Foundation

The Many Voices Mentorship is intended to support Minnesota Black artists, artists of color, and/or Indigenous artists who are new to playwriting but demonstrate artistic potential and an interest in learning more about the craft and will be able to take advantage of the resources the Playwrights' Center provides. The mentorship provides a $2,000 stipend, $700 in development funds, and free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. The mentorship recipients attend quarterly meetings with the Many Voices program mentor as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff. Previous program mentors include Martine Green-Rogers, Christina Ham, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Mark Valdez.

Applicants must be current residents of Minnesota. Recipients must maintain residency in Minnesota, within 75 miles of the Twin Cities, during the mentorship year (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023) and have the legal right to work in the United States. Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers or recipients of other Playwrights' Center writing fellowships are not eligible to apply. Participants may apply to repeat the Mentorship for a second year, but may not repeat the program more than once. Students who will be in K-12 education programs during the mentorship year are not eligible. Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are eligible, provided the artist maintains a current and active professional practice of creating and presenting work to the public. Recipients are required to participate in at least two six-week classes over the course of the year.

"The Many Voices Mentorship not only helped me find confidence in my voice, it helped me to accept that I had a voice at all."
—JuCoby Johnson
Many Voices Mentee, 2020-21, McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, 2021-22


The Application

Each application will contain the following pieces:

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

-Resume or biography

-1 page Artistic Statement and Goals.
Please attach a statement of no more than one page that addresses the following questions: What is your interest in and/or experience with playwriting? How will this mentorship aid in your artistic development? What are your goals during the mentorship year? This statement, along with your writing sample, should reflect your vision as an artist.

-Writing sample
Please attach a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Any genre is acceptable (play scripts, screenplays, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.). If you have a play script to send, this is generally the strongest sample for the panelists to evaluate. The sample may be a selection of shorter works totaling no more than 30 pages.

-Two letters of recommendation
Please request two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your work as an artist. Letters must be received by the application deadline: November 18, 2021. You will be sending a request through the application portal below.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Manager Julia Brown 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.

An information session about the application and mentorship will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST on Zoom at this link. A recording will be available after the session. 

Applications for the 2021-22 Many Voices Mentorship are due Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Click here to access the application in slideroom »

November 18, 2021
Many Voices Mentorship
Many Voices Mentorship