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Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

The Program

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, with additional 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 activities, and form relationships with other theater makers at various career stages from all parts of the world.

As of the 2020 cycle of this program, 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. From 2011-2019 the Fellowship included an award of $15,000 and a $3,000 Opportunity Fund.

The Impact

The 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

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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.

The Fellows


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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, with additional support from the Jerome Foundation.

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