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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 Deaf/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 faced both personally and professionally within the cultural landscape. Only by seeing Disabled people 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 Deaf/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.

Fellow & Finalists


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 Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman.

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

If you are interested in making a contribution to support this program, donate online or contact Lark Director of Development Nora Monahan at

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