The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HowlRound have announced that $5.58 million has been awarded to support the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP). The grants will fund residencies for 18 playwrights at theatres across the country. Resident playwrights will receive three years of full-time salary and benefits, as well as artistic development funds to be used at their discretion. The host theatres will produce at least one work by the playwright throughout their residency.
The residency program was established in 2012 as a pilot program in collaboration with HowlRound. Nine of the resident playwrights from the inaugural program have been renewed, and an additional nine were selected as part of the second cohort. The Mellon Foundation selected resident playwrights through an open application, and the playwright and theatre pairings were chosen by an outside peer panel.
“It is a tribute to the strength of the partnerships forged between the playwrights and the artistic leadership of the host theatres that nine renewed their residencies,” said Susan Feder, program officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage at Mellon, in a statement. “In adding a second cohort, we look forward to deepened partnerships for the artists and the institutions in both groups, and to new opportunities for collaborative learning.”
The renewed playwrights from the 2012 program are:
- Luis Alfaro at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore
- Pearl Cleage at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga
- Marcus Gardley at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago
- Nathan Louis Jackson in Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Mo
- Aditi Brennan Kapil at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis
- Melinda Lopez at Huntington Theatre Company in Boston
- Peter Sinn Nachtrieb at Z Space Studio in San Francisco
- Kira Obolensky at Ten Thousand Things Theatre in Minneapolis
- Will Power at Dallas Theater Center in Dallas
The new playwrights as part of the second round are:
- Madeleine George at Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J.
- Kirsten Greenidge at Company One in Boston
- Lauren Gunderson at Marin Theatre Company in Marin, Calif.
- Christina Ham at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis
- Taylor Mac at HERE Arts Center in New York City
- Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew at Ma-Yi Filipino Theatre Company in New York City. (Mirza and Lew will share a single residency position)
- Carlos Murillo at Adventure Stage Chicago in Chicago
- Vera Starbard at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas, Alaska
- Herbert Siguenza at San Diego Repertory Company in San Diego, Calif.
The program will be documented online at http://howlround.com/residencies
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