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Application due: April 16, 2015

NOTE: Advance notification of intent to apply is
strongly encouraged (but not required). Panelists attend live performances to help familiarize themselves with applicants' work, so it is very important to declare your intent to apply and inform the Playwrights' Center where and when your performances take place. You may notify the Center of intent to apply any time before the final application deadline. (You may submit a final application without notifying the Center in advance; however, by providing no notice of your intent to apply, you are limiting panelists' ability to view your work in a live setting.)

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships
The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights' Center recognize theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and potential and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. The grants are intended to significantly advance recipients' art and careers.

Three grants of $25,000 each will be awarded in 2015-16. These grants are funded by the McKnight Foundation as part of its Arts Program. Final selection decisions will be made by a diverse panel of both local and national theater artists.

Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievement, and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant's work. Recent recipients include: Sarah Agnew, Ansa Akyea, Shá Cage, Sun Mee Chomet, James Craven, Marcus Dilliard, Kate Eifrig, Masanari Kawahara, Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Greta Oglesby, Sonja Parks, Denise Prosek, Robert Rosen, Joel Sass, Michael Wangen and Stephen Yoakam.

Selection Process
A panel of three Minnesota theater professionals and two national panelists will review application packages and select fellowship recipients. Selection will be based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievements, and sustained excellence with a significant body of work in the field. The panel's decision is final. Playwrights' Center staff do not participate in award decisions.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Administrator Amanda Robbins-Butcher.

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Mathew LeFebvre

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships   

Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre: Two Trains Running; New York Theatre Workshop: Bach at Leipzig; Regional Theatre: Penumbra Theatre Company: 15 productions including The Amen Corner, Two Trains Running, I Wish You Love, A Raisin in The Sun, Fences, Get Ready, and Gem of the Ocean (scenery and costumes); Guthrie Theater: over 20 productions. Other credits include The Old Globe, The Milwaukee Rep, The Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Rep, American Players Theatre, Geffen Playhouse: Minnesota Opera, Children’s Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Rep, The Acting Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Mixed Blood Theatre. Awards: TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. Teaching: University of Minnesota: professor and Director of Theatre.

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Austene Van

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships   

Penumbra Company member credits include Spunk, Amen Corner, Blue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky & Seven Guitars. Austene has recently performed the title role in AIDA at the Pantages with Theater Latte Da, Blanche Dubois in A Street Car Named Desire with Ten Thousand Things, In The Next Room at the Jungle Theatre; Gem of the Ocean, Crowns & A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater; Radio Golf at IRT/Cleveland Playhouse; To Kill a Mockingbird at Park Square; Once on this Island at CTC; Singing in the Rain at Ordway. Recently directed Six Degrees of Separation at TRP, Joan; Voices in the Fire at Rarig Center, Hot Chocolate, Gee’s Bend & Lady Day at Park Square; Lonely Soldier Monologues, A Civil War Christmas at History Theatre; Blues in the Night at Ordway; & Black Nativity at Penumbra. Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre Productions.

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Sally Wingert

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships   

La Bette (Broadway/West End); Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Tribes, Other Desert Cities, Appomattox, Pride & Prejudice, The Primrose Path, directed by Roger Rees, Faith Healer, Happy Days, Third, (Guthrie Theater over 80 productions); Paradise Lost, (ART); Tartuffe (Yale Rep/McCarter); Cabaret (Theater Latte Da); Spinning Into Butter, Sweet Nothings in My Ear, (Mixed Blood Theater) Woman Before a Glass, 2.5 Minute Ride, (Minnesota Jewish Theater); The Receptionist (Dark & Stormy Productions) Film; Fargo, The Straight Story, Factotem, North Country

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