Playwrights’ Center 

INFO: Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights.  

Benefits include:

  • A $15,000 commission
  • At least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets
  • Housing during the residency period
  • Up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play
  • A public reading of the commissioned play

 DEADLINE: December 7, 2017



Playwrights' Center

INFO: Many Voices Fellowships are awarded to artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training.

Many Voices Fellowships provide an $18,000 stipend and $2,000 in play development funds. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

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

Applicants may not have had more than one play fully produced by professional theaters at the time of the application.

Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

Playwrights may not receive more than two Many Voices Fellowships. A previous Many Voices Fellowship recipient applying for a second fellowship must submit a different play than the play that accompanied the successful previous application.

Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers, Jerome Fellows, or McKnight Playwriting Fellows are not eligible to apply.

DEADLINE: December 14, 2017



Playwrights' Center

INFO: The Many Voices Mentorship is awarded to one Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color. The mentorship focuses on the nuts and bolts of playwriting through a curated package of writing and development services intended to aid the participant toward the completion of a play script.

The mentorship provides a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. The mentorship recipient attends quarterly meetings with Many Voices program coordinator Christina Ham as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff.

Recipients must maintain residency in Minnesota, within 75 miles of the Twin Cities, during the mentorship year.

Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers or recipients of other Playwrights' Center fellowships are not eligible to apply.

Participants may apply to repeat the Mentorship for a second year, but may not be repeat the program more than once.

Students who will be in K-12 education programs during the mentorship year are not eligible. Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are eligible, provided the artist maintains a current and active professional practice of creating and presenting work to the public.

Recipients are required to participate in at least one six-week class in the fall and at least one in the winter/spring.

DEADLINE: December 14, 2017