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Applications Now Available for 2016-17 Dramatists Guild Fellows Program


The Dramatists Guild Fund, Dramatists Guild of America, and Program Chairs Michael Korie, Laurence O'Keefe, and Diana Son announce applications for the 2016-17 Dramatists Guild Fellows Program are now open and encourage playwrights, composers and lyricists to apply.

The Fellows Program is a nine-month intensive designed to augment the training of American dramatists early in their careers and enhance the sense of community among playwrights and musical theater writers. Theater writers selected for the program meet with Program Chairs, guest artists, and industry professionals twice a month for feedback on their works in progress. Fellows also have regular sessions with experienced dramatists for one-on-one mentoring and, when possible, are offered internships or observerships with dramatists involved in professional productions.

To apply, visit Applications must be received no later than 5:30PM EST on April 29, 2016. Those selected for the Program will begin in fall 2016.


Applicants are eligible for the Fellows Program if they meet at least one of the following qualifications: 1. Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2. Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3. Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4. Pertinent, documented practical experience.

All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship. Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.

For further submission guidelines and to apply, visit: Applications must be received no later than 5:30PM EST on April 29, 2016.

The Fellows Program

The Fellows Program is supported and administered by the Dramatists Guild Fund and the Dramatists Guild of America. Each year, a select group of new theater writers are accepted into the nine-month program, which provides continued support and training through group sessions with theater professionals, one-on-one mentoring, and resources to build established careers.

Former Fellows include: Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Academy Award winner, Frozen), Rajiv Joseph (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Tony nominees for Best Score, A Christmas Story), Deborah Zoe Laufer (ATCA Steinberg Award, End Days), and Adam Gwon (Fred Ebb and Richard Rodgers Award winner).

The Dramatists Guild Fund

The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund nonprofit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to nonprofit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists.

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The Dramatists Guild

The Dramatists Guild of America is the professional association of playwrights, librettists, lyricists and composers writing for the American stage. Originally formed as a sub-committee of the Authors League in 1915, and later established as an independent organization in 1919, the Guild was created to advocate on behalf of dramatists, to protect the artistic and economic integrity of their work, and to foster and cultivate their community, enabling them to hand down their unique craft to the dramatists yet to come. Through its services, educational programs and advocacy, the Dramatists Guild works to ensure that theater in America will continue to flourish and that the unique voices which give it life continue to reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of the American experience.

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