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FINAL APPLICATION DUE MAY 1, 2015 at 11:59pm 

The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY is available to Black playwrights, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

• Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.

• The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period in New York City actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.

• The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2016-2017 season.

 • The residency period begins September 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2017. All residency requirements must be met during that time.

• Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.

• The selected playwright is required to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2016- 2017 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.

• Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program. SELECTION Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists; The National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate the finalist applications and will schedule interviews with all finalist. Selection is based on commitment, proven talent and artistic potential. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement.

TO APPLY: Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org a single document in PDF, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS PLAY TITLE PLAY SYNOPSIS If you are represented by an agent please make us aware and let us know who that agency is

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelist to read.. These pages will be read first by the panelist. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting.

3. A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

4. If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a new play.

Name the application packet file with your last name [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smith.pdf) o [lastname].pdf [for PDF files]

Email your application packet by May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

No late applications will be accepted. Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

DEADLINE & IMPORTANT DATES Applications must be received by: May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm Finalists will be notified on: June 15, 2015 Recipient will be notified on: July 10, 2015 The residency year is: September 1, 2015 - March 31, 2017 QUESTIONS

Contact: NBT Literary Team submit@nationalblacktheatre.org cc: comfort@nationalblacktheatre.org 4

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