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The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes one Black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field and who has chosen playwriting as a career path.

Deadline May 1, 2016
The selected playwright will receive:

A stipend will be provided to the awarded playwright [this amount is pending funding]

Administrative support: Access to office space, and printing

Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop

A workshop production in the 2017-2018 season for five (5) public performances

Two (2) Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions, as well as

additional services and opportunities that NBT has to offer.

Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or

Symposium open for the community to participate in.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applicants for the residency may not have had more than two plays produced by professional theaters at the time of application or during the residency. These are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were compensated and received at least three public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions.


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 2017-2018 season.

The residency period begins September 1, 2016 and ends March 31, 2018. 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.

Applicants have to commit to being present and actively participating during the rehearsal process of all workshop opportunities.

Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program.


Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists. From that process the committee selects finalist that National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate. The selected finalist get a scheduled interview. Selection is based on artistic potential, commitment and originality. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement:

Core Mission:

1. To produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle;

2. To use theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower & inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities;

3. To provide a safe space for artists of color to articulate the complexity, beauty & artistic excellence intrinsic in how we experience the world in the domain of acting, directing, producing, designing, play writing and entrepreneurial autonomy.


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:

AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format:

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

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. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

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

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, 2016 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

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