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Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

The Program

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is designed to help address the lack of inclusion of early career playwrights of color in the theater field.  More specifically, the Fellowship will support remarkable writers under 30. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark development opportunities, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world.  The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

The Impact

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to early-career playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national  theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. Van Lier New Voices Fellows will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists at various career levels from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.

The Selection Process

Fellows are selected through an open application process.  Applicants must be legal residents of New York City, identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of application, demonstrate financial need, and make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.

Lark's Van Lier New Voices Fellows



Reginald Douglas, 2011-12
Susan Soon He Stanton, 2011-12
Anna Moench, 2012-13
Christopher Oscar Peña, 2012-13
C.A. Johnson, 2016-17
Donja R. Love, 2016-17


This program is made possible with major support from 
The New York Community Trust's Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

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