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PoNY (Playwrights of New York)

The Program

The PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellowship was founded by playwright Sandi Goff Farkas and The Lark, and was created to provide promising playwrights with the financial freedom to hone their craft.  The award includes 1 year of housing in a 1-bedroom doorman apartment in the heart of the theater district in New York City; a $2,500 per month stipend for 12 months; reimbursement for health insurance for 3 years; a $10,000 Rooted in NYC grant if the playwright elects to continue residency in New York; and a seat in The Lark’s Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop. 

The Impact

The PoNY Fellowship has helped to revolutionize how the new generation of playwrights is supported by shifting emphasis to the life of the artist. It has also catapulted a shift in the theater industry by encouraging other major donor and theater organizations to deepen their support to emerging playwrights. The Fellowship offers a full range of personal and professional benefits and aims to launch playwrights into sustainable careers. 

The Selection Process

Fellows are selected annually through a national nomination-based selection process.  Candidates are invited to apply based on nominations solicited from a pool of over 100 nominators, including Artistic Directors of theater companies, chairs of graduate playwriting programs, and other leaders in the field of new plays.

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This program is currently on hiatus.

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