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Monday, August 8, 2022

Commission for NEW PLAY featuring Master of Fine Arts students at Big 10 University.


Deadline: August 15, 2022


The Michigan State University Department of Theatre seeks to commission a playwright to write a new full-length play, scheduled for a fully-realized production in Spring 2024. The play will feature the work of current Master of Fine Arts Acting and Design students. We are seeking a new play with at least eight great roles that highlight the diversity of our MFA Actors. Meet them here: https://theatre.msu.edu/commission/ 

We imagine a collaborative process where the playwright and MFAs discuss themes, issues, and stories that collectively interest them. 

We seek an early-career or graduate student playwright (preferred, but not essential) interested in writing a play specifically for this group to culminate in public performances. As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, we encourage applications from playwrights from the Global Majority*.

Rough Timeline and Expectations of Playwright:

Monthly virtual conversations with MFAs from September 2022 through May 2023

Script ready for a week-long onsite workshop in August 2023.

Developmental public and virtual readings will be part of the process.

Final script delivered by December 2023

Performances are scheduled for March 2024

Dates and deadlines are tentative.

The chosen playwright will receive a $4000 fee to create a new play and participate in all the above-listed events over a year and a half. Funding will also be allocated for travel and housing for on-site developmental workshops and rehearsals.

To apply, please upload the following items here by August 15, 2022.

A completed full-length play.

A statement related to your work and themes within it related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

An artist’s statement: One to two-page statement of your artistic mission, which introduces you, your process, and your body of work to us. Please also state what interests you about this project.

A resume

Interviews of final candidates will be conducted in late August/early September 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact roznows5@msu.edu

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