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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Lark's Jerome New York Fellowship 2018-19

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The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.

The Fellowship Period is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

In the first year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will have access to an “Opportunity Fund” of $5,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, and so forth, for the duration of their fellowship and for up to one year after its completion. (The Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

In the second year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will continue to have access to any remaining balance in the Opportunity Fund.

Because the Lark's programs are philosophically designed to put artists at the center of their own process, all residency activities will be based on an initial Fellowship goal-setting meeting at the start of the term in January 2018. The Fellow will be expected to work with Lark staff to design a regular schedule of program activities, including participation in several of Lark’s new play development programs, such as Roundtables, Playground, Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Winter Writers’ Retreat, New York Stage and Film Vassar Retreat, Project Residencies or Studio Retreats. The exact structure is flexible based on the specific needs of the selected Fellow, who will participate in a range of these or similar programs throughout the course of the residency.
Additional activities will include:

  • Monthly one-on-one meetings with Lark's Artistic Director John Eisner;
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with Lark's artistic staff, including Director of Artistic Programs Lloyd Suh and Director of Scouting & Submissions Andrea Hiebler, as mutually decided;
  • At least 3, and up to 10 Roundtable readings of the Fellow’s' new plays in progress, to be scheduled throughout the residency period, at the Fellow’s request;
  • Opportunities to participate in offsite programs and partnerships in the U.S. or abroad;
  • Finance and entrepreneurial workshops including Lark’s Business of Art workshop.

Application deadline is 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Selection Process:

  • By application. The Fellow is selected by a diverse panel of theater professionals familiar with Lark programming and philosophy, but will not include current Lark Staff or Board Members.
  • Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a New York City or Minnesota state resident (though the Fellow must commit to maintaining residency in New York City throughout the fellowship period);
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and eligible to work in, the United States;
  • Must self-identify as an "emerging" playwright;
  • Must not have had more than two different works professionally produced at the time of application (meaning works produced on professional Actors Equity contracts or similar international contracts; Equity showcase/waiver productions are not included).

Finalists will be notified in September 2017. Additional work samples will be required from all finalists, including a copy of one full-length play.

Notification for all applicants will take place by November 2017.
2018-19 Application:
Please submit:

  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • A one-page theatrical resume listing all productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information;
  • A 10-page work sample of theatrical writing that best represents your current work as a playwright;
  • An Artist Statement (not to exceed two total pages) that answers the following questions:
  • In what way(s) do you consider yourself an "emerging" playwright?
  • How would this Fellowship and the activities described above be transformative to your work and/or life as an emerging playwright?
  • What specific goals do you have in your work for the upcoming year and beyond?

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF format to jerome@larktheatre.org. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Jerome New York Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

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