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Playwrights' Week

Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Lark is now accepting applications for our Open Access Program, 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.

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Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 15, 2020

The Lark is accepting applications for its Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund and additional support from the Jerome Foundation.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship 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.

In the 2020-21 cycle, the Lark will award two Fellowships.

Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2020.  Finalists will be notified early June 2020.

The 2020-21 Fellowship period begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. 

VISION

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, with support from the Jerome Foundation, 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.

ACTIVITIES

Fellows will:
  • Work with Lark staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs appropriate to those goals;
  • Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
  • Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
  • Receive support for the advancement and advocacy of work generated during the Fellowship year, along with continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.

FINANCIAL AWARD

Thanks to an increase in support from our funders for this program, fellows will receive:
  • $35,000 fellowship stipend
  • $5,000 Opportunity Fund for the purposes of travel, research, and other expenses related to creative and professional expenses (the Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for both the 2020 and 2021 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes. All stipends are taxable.

ELIGIBILITY

Fellowship applicants must:
  • Be legal residents of New York City;
  • Identify as playwrights of color, age 30 or under at the time of application;
  • Not be enrolled in a college, conservatory or advanced training program during the fellowship period;
  • Not be a previous recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship at The Lark or any other organization;
  • 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.

APPLICATION

Please submit:
  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address.
  • A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing any title or institutional affiliation, along with phone number and email address). Reference may be an artistic collaborator, educator, or peer familiar with you and your work;
  • A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
  • A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative.
  • A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.

Finalists will be notified in early June 2020.  Selected fellows will be announced in July, 2020.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to VanLierNewVoices@larktheatre.org.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036.  Applications are due April 15, 2020.


Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship

Deadline: June 15, 2020

The Lark is accepting applications for the second round of its Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Ford Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation.

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Deaf/Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work 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 Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support. 

Up to two Finalists for the award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Applications will be accepted through to June 15, 2020
.  All applicants will be notified in early September 2020.

The 2020  Fellowship period begins September 15, 2020 and ends September 14, 2022.  

VISION

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. The Apothetae, a theater company founded in 2012 and devoted to challenging perceptions of the “Disabled Experience,” and The Lark, an organization founded in 1994 and devoted to the principles of equity, inclusion, community, and the power of an individual artistic voice, have been working in partnership to address the profound underrepresentation and oppressive misrepresentation of people with disabilities that persists throughout our cultural media.  

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship 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 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. The Apothetae and Lark Fellow will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.
 

ACTIVITIES

Fellows will:
  • Work with Lark and Apothetae staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs; 
  • Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
  • Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
  • Receive support for the advancement of work generated during the Fellowship year, including control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated to a producing theater partner in support of a full production of one of Fellow’s plays;
  • Receive continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period

FINANCIAL AWARD 

Fellows will receive:
  • $40,000 fellowship stipend paid in monthly increments for two years;
  • $5,000 Opportunity Fund;
  • Control over $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated as Fellow chooses for the purposes of supporting a full production of a particular play

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes.

ELIGIBILITY 

Fellowship applicants must:
  • Identify as a playwright with a disability;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Non-Citizen who possesses valid work authorization (permanent resident status/green card, refugee or asylum status, or temporary protected status); 
  • Make a case for how their work can engage the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
  • Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark and The Apothetae’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.

The program uses the legal definition of disability as articulated in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, which reads that an individual with a disability is a person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment. 

The Lark and The Apothetae recognize and acknowledge that not all Deaf/Disabled agree with the signification outlined in this legislation. For further specifications of this definition, the full text of the ADA is available through this link.

APPLICATION:

Please submit:
  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, phone number, and email address. 
  • A current artistic bio or resume;
  • An Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals and a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals; and (3) a statement describing how your work might engage this program’s goal of advancing the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
  • A Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright. A full-length play script for the stage is preferred, but samples in other genres and of any length will be accepted. Please include a brief description of the work sample if you feel it would be useful in the committee’s review of your application; and 
  • (Optional) One personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, colleague, or educator familiar with you and your work.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to apothetae@larktheatre.org. The selection committee may request additional information, support material or work samples as part of their adjudication process. Electronic submissions are encouraged.   Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036.  Applications are due June 15, 2020.  

For questions about submissions, please email apothetae@larktheatre.org. If you have accessibility questions about the application process, please contact Operations Manager Kendra Ann Flournoy at kendra@larktheatre.org

This round of the Fellowship and the wider Apothetae and Lark Initiative is made possible by a partnership between the Ford Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation, alongside the generous support of The National Endowment for the Art’s Arts Work program, which supports projects that focus on public engagement, access to art for communities across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stage of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Additional financial and advocacy support for the fellowship comes from Jeffrey Steinman and Jody Falco.


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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