Signature's New Residency Five Program Includes Annie Baker

September 20, 2011

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Signature Theatre Company has just announced the playwrights participating in the Theatre's new Residency Five initiative, part of the expanded programming that will be presented at Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, near 10th Avenue), the Company's new Frank Gehry-designed home. Annie Baker, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Kenneth Lonergan and ReGina Taylor will be the program's inaugural playwrights.

Residency Five is a unique program that guarantees each playwright three world-premiere productions of new plays over the course of a five-year residency. This is the first program of its kind in the American theatre; going far beyond the traditional commissioning or workshop models, Residency Five will enable a diverse community of playwrights to build bodies of work. Residency Five playwrights receive a significant cash award, full health benefits, a stipend to attend theatre, access to Signature's resources and staff, and like all of Signature's playwrights, a place at the center of the artistic process.

"We are thrilled to be underway with Residency Five," said Signature's Founding Artistic Director James Houghton. "It has always been Signature's intention to support new and mid-career playwrights as they build a body of work. Annie Baker, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Kenneth Lonergan and ReGina Taylor are the ideal first group of writers. Each is an accomplished and fascinating storyteller who has left an indelible mark on the American theatre landscape. We can't wait to have them with us at Signature Center and welcome them into this ever growing community of writers."

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