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.

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

Many more details can be found by following the application link below. Questions may be addressed to artistic programs administrator Julia Brown at

We are excited to launch our new online application process in October 2017.

Click here to access the McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting application »

January 18, 2018
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Core Writer, Affiliated Writer