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Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

The Program

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship provides a year-long cycle of support to writers of color under 30, which includes a cash award of $15,000, and up to $3,000 in health insurance reimbursement. During their residency, Fellows work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark development opportunities, and form relationships with other theater makers at various career stages from all parts of the world.

The Impact

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is designed to help address the lack of inclusion of early career playwrights of color in the theater field. The program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships, which aims to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes targeted support to early-career playwrights is essential to a culture of equity, access, and inclusion, and a national  theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices.

The Selection Process

Fellows are selected through an open application process. Applicants must be legal residents of New York City, identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of application, 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.

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This program is made possible with major support from The New York Community Trust's Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

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