The Dramatists Guild of America announces the fifteenth
year of the Dramatists Guild Fellows program.
Its mission is to enhance the sense of community among developing
American dramatists by offering a year-long workshop designed to augment their
training with practical experience and career information resources.
As the national association of playwrights,
composers and lyricists, and the only organization devoted solely to the
interests of artists writing for the theater (and with over 7,000 members), the
Guild and its Council have created the Fellows Program to nurture the next
generation of American dramatists. Our
program is unique, not only in the kinds of opportunities it offers, but also
because it brings together both playwrights and musical theater writers to discuss
their work and common goals. Previous
Dramatists Guild Fellows include Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Pulitzer Prize finalist), Benj
Pasek & Justin Paul (Dogfight, A
Christmas Story, Tony nominees for Best Score), Kristen Anderson-Lopez
(Academy Award winner, Frozen), Neil
Bartram (The Story of My Life),
Deborah Zoe Laufer (End Days, ATCA Steinberg Award), and Adam
Gwon (Fred Ebb and Richard Rodgers Award winner).
Each year, we select a group of new theater
writers for a program which provides continued support and training. The nine-month program includes group
sessions with theater professionals, one-on-one mentoring, and opportunities to
become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional
The program encourages playwrights, composers and
lyricists to apply. This fifteenth
season, we will select five playwriting fellows and five musical theater
fellows. The musical theater fellows
should apply as creative teams; those who write both music and lyrics would
apply alone as a “self-contained” writer.
Twice a month we hold critiques, in which Fellows
are encouraged to present their own work and discuss it with professionals as
well as peers. These sessions are
intended to sustain a sense of community among Fellows and other Guild members
and to allow Fellows to explore creative and business issues, drawing on the
professionals’ experience. Recent
theater professionals attending Fellows sessions include Stephen Sondheim, Tina
Howe, Stephen Schwartz, Kirsten Childs, Itamar Moses, Annie Baker, Rajiv
Joseph, Tracey Scott Wilson, Daniel Goldfarb, Carol Hall, Marsha Norman, Rachel
Sheinkin, Liz Frankel, Kent Nicholson, Todd London, Anne Kaufman, Ben
Famiglietti, Tom Kitt, Lucy Thurber, John Weidman, James Lapine, Lucy Simon, Benj
Pasek & Justin Paul, Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty,
Eric Stern, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Jason Robert Brown, Charles Busch, Jack
DePalma, Amy Herzog, Michael John LaChiusa, Lynn Nottage, Sarah Ruhl, and Bruce
Program Chairs Michael Korie, Laurence O’Keefe and Diana Son and
Program Director Sheri Wilner facilitate the critique sessions and program
planning. The Fellow (or musical theater
team) will also work with a mentor in one-on-one meetings to discuss the
Fellow’s ongoing projects and creative concerns. In order to properly take advantage of these
unique opportunities, it is expected that applicants have New York residences
for the duration of their Fellowship.
The Guild will also provide each Fellow with an
internship/observership opportunity with a Guild member to observe
pre-production, rehearsals or previews for an upcoming production, if
possible. And, thanks to the generosity
of the Dramatists Guild Fund, the Guild will be able to provide each Fellow with
a modest stipend.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY!