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, Daniel Alexander Jones, Sibyl Kempson, Craig Lucas, Taylor Mac, Ruth Margraff, Dan O'Brien, Betty Shamieh, Kathleen Tolan, and Mac Wellman.

The McKnight Residency gave me an incredible opportunity to grow, learn, connect, and create. It was impossible for me to begin to realize an ambitious American play the size and scope of Veritas without the support and resources that the McKnight National Residency and Commission provided.
– Betty Shamieh
McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 2012-13

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

November 13, 2014
McKnight National Residency and Commission, Affiliated Writer