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NOTE: Due to constraints caused by COVID-19, submissions will not open for Playwrights' Week this season. We deeply value this channel for discovering new perspectives and voices, and are doing everything we can to bring about the return of this festival as soon as possible.


Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

Applications for the 2021-22 Fellowship have now closed. Thank you for applying!


The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund with support from the Jerome Foundation, supports playwrights of color age 30 and under, who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theater makers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $35,000, plus access to a $5,000 Opportunity Fund and to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support. LEARN MORE>

In the 2021-22 cycle, The Lark will award two Fellowships. Applications will be accepted through July 2, 2021.  Finalists will be notified in August 2021. The 2021-22 Fellowship period begins September 15, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.  


Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Deaf/Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow works on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and develop relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship program is the centerpiece of a broad Apothetae and Lark Initiative, designed to provide a significant platform of support and advocacy for Deaf/Disabled Artists and to promote the generation of new works with the power to revolutionize the cultural conversation surrounding Disability.


Playwrights' Week

This program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This annual, intensive, seven-day festival is designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development. 
 
Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.
 
The five writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with twelve hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in supportive group conversation.

 

Jerome New York Fellowship

The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.  Fellows receive $40,000 over their two year residency, as well as a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for the purposes of travel, research, or independent workshops.

Applications currently closed.

Our Initiatives

Our tool box of initiatives includes Fellowships, residency programs that offer writers significant artistic resources and financial support; Global Exchange initiatives, ongoing reciprocal opportunities for playwrights; and other Programs that include onsite workshops, writers groups and career intensives for playwrights.

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