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  • Washington, DC
    Each year five leading US-based artists are selected and provided funds to spend three to five months in Japan. This residency program allows artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process.
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, a national leader in the creation of innovative theatre, is launching a transformative fellowship program in partnership and with a lead gift from the Miranda Family Fund, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family philanthropic fund. This ambitious new program is designed to provide talented candidates from historically excluded communities, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, with the resources and training necessary to build their careers as arts administrators or theatre technicians. Each fellowship is structured as a paid year-long department-specific...
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works in the field of historic preservation in the United States.
  • The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program (NPP) offers three (3) programs for student-written work: ten-minute plays, one act plays, and full-length plays. See below for specific guidelines and awards for each program, but please make note of these overall guidelines for ALL manuscripts: All plays must be blind submissions, which means that the playwright’s name and any identifying information (including school information) must be removed from the manuscript in its entirety. This includes the title page, and all headers and footers throughout the text...
  • The foundation of our company is “Pass It On.” During our tenure, we pass the baton of Lead Producing Playwright from artist-to-artist, giving each playwright the chance to navigate the company using their individual artistic vision. Each group of Welders produces one show by each member playwright then passes the company (from board to bank account) on to a new group of artists. That group will produce one show by each member playwright then pass the company on again to a new group of DC-area artists, creating what we hope to be an ever-evolving platform for new play development right here...
  • WNO’s acclaimed commissioning program for contemporary American opera enters its tenth exciting season, showcasing three new one-act operas by talented composer-librettist teams. This season, American Opera Initiative (AOI) mentorship is led by newly appointed AOI Artistic Advisor and librettist Kelley Rourke, librettist and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, composer Carlos Simon, and WNO Principal Conductor Evan Rogister, who will lead a chamber orchestra of WNO Orchestra members. The concert staging will be directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.
  • In March 2020 a bunch of theaters* were producing plays, business as usual, when a global pandemic had other plans. Prioritizing the safety of their communities, they made difficult decisions to cease or postpone programming for the remainder of their seasons. But the story doesn’t end there. With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, they came together to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.
  • Harrisonburg, VA
    Creative teams are given retreat during a two-week long residency while working on the development of their new musical or a one-week residency while working on a new play. During this residency, we provide opportunities for creators to take their new musicals/plays into the next stage of development and explore their work with a community of artists in the rehearsal room as well as in front of an audience. Connecting emerging writers with our students and faculty offers mutually beneficial opportunities for artistic growth in a safe and focused environment.
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Each year in July the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program hosts a week-long residency for solo female artists at the 1812 Studio in Philadelphia. Two to three solo artists and a collaborator or mentor of their choice will be in residence, as well as program representatives from the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program Advisory Board. The focus of the residency is the development of a solo piece already in progress. Solo pieces in any stage of development will be considered.
  • Jouska PlayWorks is an assembly of Black playwrights, all of whom are committed to creating theatre to enrich, entertain, empower, and awaken the moral conscience. Simpatico Theatre promotes positive social change in the Philadelphia community through theatre.
  • Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. Our mission: -Delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward -Identifying extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work -Presenting innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience
  • Philadelphia, PA
    The 2019 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public histories of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to land -based histories of both the slave trade and its legacies on the Eastern seaboard of the United States as well as histories of chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation. Applicants are invited to apply with performance projects that may traverse or engage dance, theatre, performance installation and/or ritual, spoken word, music/...