MINNEAPOLIS: The Playwrights’ Center and Jerome Foundation have announced the 2016–17 Jerome Fellows, Many Voices Fellows, and Many Voices Mentees as part of the Jerome Fellowship’s programs for emerging playwrights.
“The Playwrights’ Center is entering its 45th year, and for the last 40 of those years we’ve had the great fortune of partnering with the Jerome Foundation to award fellowships to incredible emerging playwrights,” said Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director of the Playwrights’ Center, in a statement. “This incoming roster of Jerome and Many Voices Fellows is already creating impressive, significant new theatre, and I’m thrilled we can support their work and help further their careers.”
The Jerome Fellows, who will each receive $18,000 and $1,725 for development funds, will spend a year-long residency in Minnesota. This year’s recipients are Katie Bender, Emily Feldman, Jessica Huang, and Kristin Idaszak.
The Many Voices Fellowship is awarded to early-career writers of color, and must be given to one writer who is Minnesota-based. This year’s recipients, Benjamin Benne and Marisa Carr, will each receive a $10,000 prize, as well as $2,500 for living expenses and $1,500 in development funds. The two writers will spend a yearlong residency in Minnesota.
The Many Voices Mentorships award Minnesota-based beginning playwrights of color with development services and a $1,000 stipend. This year’s mentees will be Drewcella Mae Davis and ShaVunda Horsley.