The Lark Announces Mary Hamilton as the 2015–2017 “Jerome New York Fellowship” Recipient
Award includes creative support for two years plus $40,000 stipend and $5,000 in additional opportunity funds for travel and research
July 14, 2015 | New York, NY --The Lark is proud to announce that Mary Hamilton, author of We Three, The Plan, One of the Women and The Building and Unbuilding of the Saxophone Sunset, will be the recipient of the Jerome New York Fellowship for 2015-2017.
Hamilton, selected from a pool of 194 applicants, succeeds Jackie Sibblies Drury as The Lark’s second Jerome Fellow in New York City supported by the Minnesota-based Jerome Foundation.
The fellowship is designed to provide financial, artistic and career support to an emerging writer of extraordinary ability, promise and vision. Hamilton will be awarded stipends of $25,000 in her first year and $15,000 in the second. The Lark will support Hamilton along a self-determined creative path, providing access to an extensive toolbox of programs that include onsite and offsite workshops and residencies. In addition to full artistic support at The Lark, the fellowship includes an Opportunity Fund of $5,000 to support travel and research. Hamilton will meet with Artistic Director John Clinton Eisner and other program staff regularly for career and project planning. She will also take part in “Business of Art: A Financial Boot Camp for Playwrights,” a financial literacy program offered by The Lark and Playwrights of New York (PoNY) that provides business and entrepreneurial training for writers.
Hamilton was the 2005-09 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and has been a member of Play Penn, Youngblood, I-73, New Georges' The Jam, Play Penn Theater Conference and Wordbridge. Hamilton commented, “The Jerome’s financial and artistic support will allow me to prioritize writing as a job for the first time since having my daughter. To get to do what you want to do, not as a crazy pastime that you spend most of your time financing with other gigs, but as the actual thing you are doing, is an awfully validating feeling.”
About the Jerome New York Fellow, The Lark’s Director of Onsite Programs Lloyd Suh remarks, “Mary has a distinctive, brave and honest artistic voice. This is a critical point in her career, as she has been balancing her extraordinary talent with substantial family and work responsibilities. We're honored to welcome her into our community of artists as part of an expanding roster of life-sustaining fellowships.”
This fellowship for emerging writers was inspired by the success of the groundbreaking Playwrights of New York (“PoNY”) Fellowship, a partnership between The Lark and PoNY, Inc., founded by Lark trustee Sandi Goff Farkas, that has helped advance the careers of Carson Kreitzer, Samuel D. Hunter, Katori Hall, Dominique Morisseau, Tommy Smith, and A. Rey Pamatmat. The Jerome and PoNY fellowships are part of an ongoing, long-term plan by The Lark to sustain fellowships and programs that provide economic stability for playwrights at different times in their careers. Other fellowships in this portfolio support early- and mid-career writers, women’s voices, Middle Eastern voices and emerging artists of color.
About Mary Hamilton
Mary Elizabeth Hamilton’s plays include We Three, The Plan, One of the Women and The Building and Unbuilding of the Saxophone Sunset. She was a 2005-09 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and has participated in Youngblood, I-73, New Georges’ The Jam, Play Penn Theater Conference and Wordbridge. Her plays have been finalists for The O’Neill, The Lark PONY Fellowship, The Yale Drama Series, The Princess Grace Award and New Dramatists. Mary holds her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa and is a current Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at The Juilliard School. She is working on a commission from Studio Theater in Washington, DC.
About The Lark
The Lark, celebrating its 21st year, is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights with resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to express themselves freely in a supportive and rigorous environment. The Lark reaches across international and cultural boundaries to seek out and embrace unheard voices and diverse perspectives.
In April 2012 The Lark opened a new 10,000 square foot custom-designed, play-creation studio in New York City’s theater district. As part of its growth over the last few years, The Lark has created a portfolio of major playwriting fellowships that provide economic flexibility to writers at different stages of their careers including the PoNY Fellowship. Last year, Lark served 907 artists, including 138 playwrights; partnered with over three dozen theaters and universities and welcomed 3,000 audience members to 40 public presentations. In the past three years 169 Lark-developed plays moved on to 289 productions around the world. Lark has supported numerous projects serving a diversity of communities, such as a touring residency program for Roma youth in Eastern Europe, an annual Mexico/U.S. Playwright Exchange and, in partnership with Signature Theatre, a Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series. The Lark is led by its co-founder and Artistic Director John Clinton Eisner and Managing Director Michael Robertson.
About the Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation was established by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972). Through supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists, the Jerome Foundation is dedicated to contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the arts. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations as well as artists in Minnesota and New York City. For more information about the Jerome Foundation please visit: http://www.jeromefdn.org.