NEW 2009 RESIDENCY FOR BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS (NYC) — Freedom Train Prods Residency , The Loop — AAPEX

Friday, November 7, 2008


Deadline: 11-14-08

Material: One-Act and Full Length Plays (with political vision)
We are now accepting applications into our Residency for Black Playwrights. The residency begins in Fall 2008 and lasts through August 2009. It entails:
- A commission to write a new play that features a Black LGBT protagonist.
- Entry into Freedom Trains Play Development Workshop.
- Two (2) staged reading performances of each work at Fire! New Play Festival in August 2009.
- Facilitation of The Open Workshop, a playwright’s salon where writers bring in work to receive feedback from their peers and Resident Playwrights.
- Freedom Train hosting an Offstage Series Discussion around the socio-political issues of each playwrights new work. - An honorarium.

By the end of 2008, our second year, we will have supported the development of eight new plays and political theatre. And in alignment with the Train’s goal to besiege NYC theatre with our distinct worldview, former resident playwrights have gone on to Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Program, Emerging Artists Theater’s One Woman Standing Performance Series, and Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Residency.

The Residency Selection Committee weighs the following key application areas in their judgment: strength of writing and form, the playwright’s vision for political theatre, and prior production experience.

- Submit an one-act or full-length play. This should showcase your theatre aesthetic, writing, and vision for political theatre. It does not have to be a work that has a Black LGBT protagonist.
- Submit a play synopsis of the one-act or full-length play (75 word max).
- Submit a resume detailing your playwriting experience. Also, please include any teaching artist experience or background as a playwright within any formal or informal writer’s group or workshop.
- Submit a playwright statement (2 pages max) detailing: (1) your goals for the residency and (2) tell us about the play you plan to write by sharing the central struggle or any dramaturgical research or your impetus/drive behind writing the play. Finally, (3) share how you plan to structure and facilitate a session of The Open Workshop.
- Applicants should send materials via email (.doc files only) by Friday, November 14th, 2008 to:

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Source: The Loop

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