The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship
The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship, for a Disabled writer, provides a two-year cycle of support for the generation and development of a new play to essay and challenge popular perceptions of the "Disabled Experience." The fellowship includes outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and an intensive two-year process of new play development activities for the selected fellow through The Lark’s artistic programs. The award includes a $40,000 prize, a $5,000 opportunity and resource fund, and a $10,000 production enhancement fund.
The Apothetae and Lark Fellowship is a critical component in The Lark's portfolio of fellowships designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. Targeted support to Disabled playwrights is essential to a culture of equity, access, and inclusion, and can provide visibility for the issues they face both personally and professionally within the cultural sphere and landscape. Only by seeing Disabled individuals on stage and behind the scenes can real, essential, and measurable change take place.
The Selection Process
In the pilot year, the Fellow will be selected through a national selection process open to any playwright who self-identifies as a Disabled Writer. A five-person committee comprised of Apothetae and Lark artistic staff, alongside individual artists aligned with the program’s mission, will read and review all application materials and meet to select the Fellow, along with up to 3 awarded Finalists. Decisions will be made based on the applicant’s potential to utilize the resources of the Fellowship towards artistic growth and cultural impact.
Leadership support for this program is provided by the Time Warner Foundation, with additional support from Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman.