Many Voices Program

Jerome Foundation

Supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, the Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Program is designed to increase access and greater support of Black people, people of color, and/or Indigenous people (what's this?) in the contemporary theater, both locally and nationally, through financial support, education, and opportunities to develop new work with theater professionals.

"The Playwrights' Center has been an artistic home for me in numerous ways, and I cannot stress how wonderful the partnership of the Jerome Foundation with the PWC is. Both of you have funded and nurtured two years of immense growth in my artistry. I've only gotten bolder and better as a playwright. I've become more vulnerable and willing to explore and share what my unique identity has taught me about life and the world."
– Cristina Florencia Castro
Many Voices Fellow 2015-16 and 2020-21

Many Voices Fellowships

Many Voices Fellowships support early-career Black playwrights, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights with previous playwriting experience or training.

Note for 2023-2024: Playwrights’ Center is not currently accepting applications for the Many Voices Fellowship. Applications will open for the 2025-2027 in September of 2024.
If you would like to be notified via email when the Many Voices Fellowship application becomes available, please email Julia at

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Many Voices Mentorship

The Many Voices Mentorship offers writing and development support to Minnesota-based beginning Black playwrights, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights.

Deadline: December 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST
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An information session about the Mentorship application and program was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. CT on Zoom. The recording of that session is available below.

We are offering a working session on Monday, November 27, 2023—in partnership with Springboard for the Arts—on the topic of creating successful artist statements. Register for this free event here.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Manager Julia Brown at


December 7, 2023
UCP Membership, Many Voices Mentorship
Many Voices Fellow
Many Voices Fellow
Many Voices Fellow