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Playwrights’ Corner
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Hey Playwright! Did you know The Lark is accepting scripts? It's true! In addition to this month's round-up of fee-free opportunities that we've found all around the theater field, The Lark is currently accepting applications for two opportunities of our own. Head on over to our Submit a Play page to learn more about Playwrights' Week (Deadline April 15, 2020) our annual festival of new work selected through an Open Access submissions process, and The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship (Deadline: March 31, 2020), with support from the Jerome Foundation, which supports playwrights of color age 30 and under. Then, check out the list below for your regularly scheduled Chirp opps!

Echo Theater Company's National Young Playwrights in Residence Program

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Six playwrights at the early stages of their career will be selected for a six month mentorship with an established professional writer toward developing a new work. This will culminate in a staged reading of the young playwright’s work in the middle of November at The Echo Theater. Starting in April, the participants will engage in monthly digital conferences with their mentor. The Echo’s goal of this program is to break down any geographic barriers preventing talented young playwrights from receiving support.  LEARN MORE

Asian American Arts Alliance Van Lier Fellowship

Deadline: March 16, 2020

The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2020 Van Lier Fellowship. This year, the fellowship with be awarded to a theater artist for the creation of new work. A4 will grant a fellowship to one early-career Asian American theater artist, living in NYC, age 30 or younger, whose work shows outstanding promise and who may benefit from further professional artistic development, and who is of limited financial means. The fellowship recipient will receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $6,000 and an eight-month fellowship, beginning in May 2020 and ending in December 2020.  LEARN MORE

Princess Grace Awards Playwriting Fellowship

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Emerging playwrights are encouraged to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through this New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process. One playwright will be selected to receive a $7,500 grant, a one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, and more.  LEARN MORE

Pipeline PlayLab

Deadline: March 16, 2020

The PlayLab is a playwrights group that aids and encourages artists in growing their biggest, wildest ideas into imaginative and daring new plays. Through monthly meetings, workshop-events, and an artistic retreat, each writer is supported in developing their ambitious initial concept into a new script. At the end of the year, each playwright will have the opportunity to present their script as part of Pipeline’s PlayFest, a festival of new works. LEARN MORE

The Miranda Family 'Voces Latinx' National Playwriting Competition

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Repertorio Español's new playwriting initiative continues the ideals of their original competition, to develop and promote Latinx plays and playwrights. It's goal is to champion a distinctively American narrative that is slowly gaining traction with “mainstream” theaters across the country but still lagging woefully behind. Playwrights may be Latinx or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with and accurately depicts the Latinx/Hispanic experience. Plays can be written in Spanish and/or English. A Grand Prize Winner will receive $3,000, second play will receive $2,000, and third place wil receive $1,000. LEARN MORE

Page 73 Development Programs

Deadline: April 5, 2020

Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs.

1. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.

2. Interstate 73

Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, Interstate 73 meets approximately twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for attending meetings. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be public or private, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.