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2017-19 Fellow Tim J. Lord in rehearsal for a BareBones production of his play ON EVERY LINK A HEART DOES DANLGE;  OR OWED. May 2019.
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The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship

The Program

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship provides a two-year cycle of support to a Disabled writer, for the generation and development of a new play to essay and challenge perceptions of the "Disabled Experience." The fellowship includes outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and an intensive two-year process of new play development activities for the Fellow through The Lark’s artistic programs, a $40,000 prize, a $5,000 opportunity and resource fund, and a $10,000 production enhancement fund. The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship is the centerpiece of The Apothetae and Lark Initiative.

The Impact

Targeted support to Disabled playwrights is essential to a culture of equity, access, and inclusion, and can provide visibility for the issues they face both personally and professionally within the cultural sphere and landscape. Only by seeing Disabled individuals on stage and behind the scenes can real, essential, and measurable change take place. The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship is a critical component in The Lark's portfolio of fellowships designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision.

The Selection Process

The Fellow is selected through an open application process. Applicants must self-identify as a Disabled Writer, and articulate their potential to utilize the resources of the Fellowship towards artistic growth and cultural impact. A five-person committee of Apothetae and Lark artistic staff, and individual artists aligned with the program’s mission review all application materials.

Applications are currently closed. To be notified of when they open again, as well as other upcoming opportunities, sign up for The Lark’s Mailing List.

Fellow & Finalists


The Apothetae and The Lark are actively seeking funding for the next round of this Fellowship! If you are interested in making a contribution, you can donate online, or contact Nora Monahan at

Leadership support for the first round of this program is provided by the Time Warner Foundation, with additional support from Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman.

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