GUIDELINES for PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE SEARCH
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is seeking applications from playwrights of color for the 2015-2016 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence program. This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of the studio and the playwright. We are seeking playwrights who:
- self-identify as people of color
- are in their early careers
- are unpublished
- have not yet had professional productions other than those using the showcase code
- have a vested interest in working with a community of artists
- are interested in engaging in a discussion about how the studio can support and challenge their work
While this is a merit-based residency search, we are particularly interested in diversity – diverse writers, voices, viewpoints, perspectives. The studio is interested in co-designing a residency with the playwright that will support and challenge their process. The course of the residency is not regimented, but may be described as “playwright’s choice” within the resources and capabilities of the studio. Past participants have chosen some of the following:
1) a series of readings on a play written during the course of the year
2) a series of readings on a variety of plays/pages
3) writing a new work for an ensemble of graduate level actors
4) a showcase production
The resident will engage in a discussion with the Artistic Director and other staff to explore what activities might be most helpful to their process during the year. Residencies typically begin in September and culminate in June. Resident playwrights receive a $1000 stipend and have access to the Studio’s space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company, and student actors for readings and workshops.
Completed applications must include a required online application form AND a full-length, polished but unpublished play (a full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable). Playwrights must read and agree to the Letter of Agreement before applying. By applying for this residency, playwrights confirm that they have read and agree to the Letter of Agreement.
Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. Your name should not be anywhere on the blinded script. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.
Completed applications must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.
Please note that applicants who advance to the final round of consideration may be asked for a second work sample.
Applicants will be considered for the playwright-in-residence position as well as:
- participation in the First Breath New Play Reading Series (Spring 2016)
- participation in the Teen Program Ten-Minute new play program (Summer 2016)
HOW TO SUBMIT to the PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
Please e-mail your play to email@example.com. The subject line should read “PLAYWRIGHT-in-RESIDENCE”
Completed submissions must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.
Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.
Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted.
We are especially interested in plays with an interesting use of dramatic writing. In the previous rounds, we have received many “slice of life” plays and wanted to point out that the manuscripts that use metaphor and drama in unique ways often have a better chance of advancing through the rounds of consideration.
All plays will be read by a committee composed of alumni and upperclassmen in the first round. Plays that advance to the second and third rounds will be read by theater professionals and staff.
Playwrights will be notified of results in the fall of 2015.
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