McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting

McKnight Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. The fellowship includes:

  • A $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds

Past recipients include: Carlyle Brown, Lisa D’Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christina Ham, Cory Hinkle, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Greg Moss, Kira Obolensky, and Dominic Orlando.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since January 1, 2018, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year. Applicants must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application. Recipients of 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 McKnight Artist Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible. Fellowship recipients may not receive any other Playwrights' Center fellowships, grants, or Core Writer program benefits during the grant year. If a recipient is a Core Writer, the Core term will be extended by one year. Applicants may only apply for one McKnight Foundation-sponsored fellowship each year in all disciplines.

The McKnight Fellowship has been a tremendous blessing. 
It has served to encourage. 
It has served as validation on one hand
And as hope for continued success on the other...
For a year the Fellowship has allowed me to focus on the work.
To focus on what is good
Which is no small thing.
– Harrison David Rivers
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, 2015-16

Questions may be addressed to artistic programs administrator Julia Brown at

The McKnight Fellowship application will open in September 2018 at the link below.

Click here to access the McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting application »

January 2019
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Affiliated Writer
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting