McKnight National Residency and Commission

McKnight Foundation

Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights. Benefits include:

  • A $14,000 commission
  • At least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets
  • Housing during the residency period
  • Up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play
  • A public reading of the commissioned play

Past recipients include: Kia Corthron, Kate Fodor, Karen Hartman, Daniel Alexander Jones, Sibyl Kempson, Craig Lucas, Taylor Mac, Ruth Margraff, Dan O'Brien, Betty Shamieh, Kathleen Tolan, and Mac Wellman.

The McKnight National Residency and Commission has been an extraordinary experience. This piece might have languished on my "to-do" list for years had I not had this opportunity to write it and work on it. I am forever grateful.
– Sibyl Kempson
McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 2013-14

Many more details can be found in the application form below. Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Administrator Julia Brown at

December 10, 2015
McKnight National Residency and Commission, Affiliated Writer