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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Athena Writes Fellowship

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Athena Theatre seeks submissions for their annual Playwriting Fellowship, Athena Writes. In addition to producing NYC premieres in venues including 59E59 Theaters and Theatre Row, Athena Theatre actively supports emerging playwrights with this fellowship. Athena Writes is an emerging playwrights’ group assembled for a one-year exploration of an open-ended theme.

Next year, we will be exploring “A Deafening Silence”. Athena Theatre is committed to supporting new work that pushes at the boundaries of live theatre. We especially encourage playwrights with an eye for diverse characters, strong points of view, and action-focused dialogue to apply.

As a part of Athena Writes, playwrights will meet twice a month on Wednesdays (or a day that works best for the group), beginning in mid-January 2019, for three hour sessions, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work and talk playwriting and the business of theatre. During the course of the year, each playwright will complete a short 10-minute play that will be produced at Athena’s yearly New Play Festival, currently scheduled for May 2019, at a NYC theatre. Before the end of the fellowship year, each playwright will also complete a full-length piece reflecting the year’s theme. The playwright group will be facilitated by an Athena Theatre Company resident dramaturge.

By applying to this fellowship, you acknowledge that you are able to make this time commitment to attend these sessions twice a month for the duration of 2019. Your attendance is instrumental for the development of your own work as well as support for your fellow playwrights. Other than cases of illness, an emergency or theatre related conflict, each playwright is permitted four absences per year, which must be approved by the Artistic Director in advance.

All playwrights will offer a ten-minute play for the play festival. Athena Theatre will provide the theater space and PR outreach; playwrights will be responsible for any specialty costumes, props or scenic items. The compilation of all ten-minute plays created in residence will be submitted for publication consideration.

At the end of the year, 10-minute excerpts from each full-length play will be presented as a staged reading at a NYC venue TBA.

The playwrights’ full-length plays will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre in its next season. In addition, the next year’s playwright-in-residence will be chosen from this group of playwrights.

Those selected for the playwriting fellowship (limited to eight participating playwrights) will be asked for an admission fee of $300 to join Athena Writes 2019. This contribution goes directly to theatre rental, actor and crew stipends for the Evening of Ten-Minute Plays and the Year-End Staged Reading.


To be considered for Athena Writes 2019 Playwright Fellowship please submit the following by December 21st, 2018, to Founding Artistic Director, Veronique Ory, at: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com:

-Cover Letter detailing your interest

-Full-length play, which highlights your style of writing


More information may be found at www.AthenaTheatre.com

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