Deadline: January 25, 2018
The Playwrights’ Center invites committed professional playwrights to apply for the Core Writer program. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.
Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer program include Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Connie Congdon, Marcus Gardley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Winter Miller, Greg Moss, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, and Alice Tuan.
The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.
Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.
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Core Writer Application
- Primary phone number.
- Title of submitted play.
- How did you hear about the Core Writer Program?
- Are you eligible to apply for the Core Writer program? Choosing "Yes" confirms that you have read the eligibility requirements.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.
- Do you certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and that the work contained in this application is of your own creation?
Full-length play script (PDF or Word doc)
Please ensure that your name and the play title are on the cover page. A full-length play generally runs at least one hour. If you are submitting a script for a musical or a play that was written in collaboration with another artist, please clearly indicate your role in the writing of the play.
Playwriting resume (PDF or Word doc)
Artistic statement (PDF or Word doc)
Please attach a 1-2 paragraph artistic statement that positions yourself as an artist. Use this statement to contextualize your work sample and help the panel get to know you as an artist. Describe your artistic goals and vision as a theater maker. You're only submitting one play, but this statement is your opportunity to describe the larger landscape of your work and to discuss your reasons for writing plays.
Core Writer goals (PDF or Word doc)
This is a statement explaining how the Core Writer Program would benefit your career as a playwright. You may want to discuss projects you hope to develop as a Core Writer, specific resources you hope to take advantage of, or goals you have for your career. This statement should reflect a clear understanding of the program and explain to the evaluators why you are in the right position to become a Core Writer.
Please request one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your work as a playwright. Provide contact information for your recommender, who will be emailed a request containing a link and simple instructions for electronic submission of a recommendation.
Please communicate with your recommenders so they'll be expecting this request.
Although we encourage a new letter of recommendation each year, letters of recommendation are valid for three years. If you would like to resubmit a past letter of recommendation, please email artistic programs administrator Julia Brown at email@example.com at least two weeks before the application deadline. We try to keep all letters on file, but we cannot guarantee that each letter will be available.
Provide up to 1 reference.