Now Accepting Applications for the Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship

November 4, 2011

New Dramatists is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship Program. The 18-month program was established to help young, economically disadvantaged playwrights living in New York City develop their talent and become involved in the professional theatre community. Three 18-month fellowships of $10,000 ($5,000 a year) will be awarded to playwrights 30 years old or younger who are not enrolled in college or graduate school.

The Van Lier program at New Dramatists is a way for young playwrights to become immersed in the professional world. In addition to receiving the cash grant, each Fellow is mentored by a New Dramatists resident playwright. The Fellows meet regularly with their mentors to discuss artistic and career considerations, and they have the chance to develop their work through readings and limited workshops. The Fellows are welcomed as participants in the life of the community of playwrights at New Dramatists, which has a full schedule of play and musical readings, workshops, guest artist residencies, special seminars, meetings, and events. Lastly, the Fellows’ scripts are included in the New Dramatists library and listed on the New Dramatists website.

Eligible playwrights include U.S. citizens who are Asian-American, African-American, Arab-American, Native American or Latino. The fellowship period is from February 15, 2012 to August 15, 2013. Past Van Lier Fellows have included Robert O’Hara, Carmen Rivera, Steven Sapp, alumni Diana Son, Lynn Nottage, Eisa Davis, and current resident playwrights, Kristoffer Diaz and Betty Shamieh.

During the beta period of this new website please download the application from our old website.

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