McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting

McKnight Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recognizes and supports mid-career playwrights living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. 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, May Lee-Yang, Kira Obolensky, Harrison David Rivers, and Rhiana Yazzie.

Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since January 17, 2018, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year. Applicants must have a minimum of one full-length work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application. Recipients of 2014-5, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 McKnight Artist Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible. Full-time students are not eligible. Staff and board members of the McKnight Foundation and the Playwrights' Center and their immediate family members 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 Artist Fellowship each year in any 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

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.

application posted in september 2019 »

Application posted in September 2019
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Affiliated Writer
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Core Writer