Application due: November 29, 2012
The Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowships are awarded annually, providing emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft. Four $16,000 fellowships will be awarded in 2013, in addition to $1,500 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota and have access to Center opportunities, including workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors.
The Playwrights' Center has awarded these fellowships in partnership with the Jerome Foundation since 1976. Past recipients include Lee Blessing, Lisa D'Amour, Kristoffer Diaz, Dan Dietz, Sarah Gubbins, Naomi Iizuka, Melanie Marnich, Rhiana Yazzie, and August Wilson.
Applicants are screened for eligibility by the Playwrights' Center and evaluated by an initial select panel of professional theater artists; finalists are then evaluated by a second panel of national theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence, potential for growth, and commitment to a vital life working in the field. The selection process is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. The Playwrights' Center does not participate in selection decisions.
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Alex Lewin is a 2012-13 Jerome Fellow, an artistic associate at New York Theatre Workshop, and a member of the MCC Playwrights' Coalition. He holds a B.A. in creative writing and professional writing (with a minor in film and media studies) from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of California at San Diego. His play The Near East was a finalist for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Prize, and the Kennedy Center/ACTF’s Quest for Peace Award. It was developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and has also had readings at Arena Stage and the Alliance Theatre.
His two-hander, The Interview, was recently presented in LeapFest 9 at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, and also in MCC's PlayLabs 2012 in New York. Other plays include The Further Adventures of Suzanne and Monica (Chautauqua Theatre Company New Play Workshop, July 2009), Alexandria (New Harmony Project 2011, Premiere Stages new play competition finalist 2012), Rent Control (year-long development with the Playwrights Realm, staged reading in the Ink'd festival, 2010), and See You Later (MCC PlayLabs 2010).
One-acts include "Alright." (La Jolla Playhouse commission, produced in The Car Plays 2012), We (finalist for ATL’s Hiedeman Award), and Water Street (produced in the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival Dublin 2010).
Alex's current projects include a political thriller, The Envelope, and an as-yet-untitled historical documentary play, co-written with the journalist Laura Flanders, that uses the writings and orations of our "founding fathers," as well as many other voices from American history, to dramatize the debates that were endemic to the founding of our republic.
At New York Theatre Workshop, Alex is the founding teaching artist for the Mind the Gap program, which has been a fixture at NYTW since the spring of 2009. Mind the Gap brings together teenagers and folks over age 60 to interview each another and write plays based on, or inspired by, each other's lives and experiences. As the program has grown, NYTW has partnered with other community organizations throughout New York City to bring Mind the Gap to their populations.
In a previous life, Alex was a staff writer at the (late) movie magazine Premiere, and he had several bylines in several magazines, all of which are now defunct. (Alex likes to think that has nothing to do with him.) As an undergraduate he won the Scenario/Writers Guild of America Student Screenplay Award. His winning script, Weeds, was published in Scenario magazine — which also, sadly, no longer exists. Alex co-authors, with Aaron Rich, the movie-review blog "They'll Love It In Pomona" (loveitinpomona.wordpress.com).
Anna Moench's plays include Hunger, In Quietness (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Great Eastern, and The Pillow Book (59E59). Other productions of Anna’s work have been seen at the Old Vic, The Flea, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC. Anna has developed plays with the Public Theater, the Lark, [the claque], 3Graces Theater Co., the Great Plains Conference, the Last Frontier Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and The Inkwell.
Awards include the 2012 Van Lier Fellowship at the Lark, the Jerome Foundation’s 2009 Travel Grant, the 2010 T.S. Eliot Exchange with the Old Vic, and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. Anna is a two-time recipient of the EST/Sloan Commission and has also been commissioned by NYU Tisch's Graduate Acting Program, Red Fern Theatre Company, and Haggard Middle School in Plano, TX. She has been a writer in residence at Baltimore's Center Stage, the Tofte Lake Center, the Vineyard Arts Project, the Lark's Winter Workshop, and the FAR Space, was a member of the 2010-11 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, and has been a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre since 2008. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and an alumna of New Georges' writer-director lab, The Jam.
Anna is a staff writer for [the claque]’s upcoming serial theater project, "The IRregulars," and a staff writer for the upcoming web series, "Mitch and Rudy." Her play for young actors, Backwards At The Speed Of Light, was recently published by Playscripts. Look for her work in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's and NYU Tisch's mainstage seasons in Fall 2012.
Joe Waechter's plays include Lake Untersee, PROFILES, Good Ole Boys, The Strangler, and Memory Library. His work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Red Eye, The Inkwell, Clubbed Thumb, Perishable Theatre, and The 25¢ Opera of San Francisco. He is the recipient of a 2011-12 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, a 2008-09 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, the Weston Award in Playwriting, a Jerome Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center, and will be a Playwright-in-Residence at Hanger Theatre in Summer 2012. In 2009, Joe received a travel grant to Iceland for the research and development of Hidden People, a three-part epic play with music. He also creates work for other medium, including The Hoot Owl, an opera for headphones, and Antarctica, an immersive virtual reality piece. In 2010, he founded The Awesome Collective, an interdisciplinary performance collective that explores new methods and vocabularies for collaboration in Providence, RI. Teaching credits include courses and workshops at Brown University, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, and the Playwrights' Center. His play Dragonflies is available from Dramatics Publishing, and his articles have appeared in The Dramatist magazine. M.F.A. Playwriting: Brown University. www.joewaechter.com
Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright whose work spans a wide variety of styles, but always aspires to a seamless unity of aesthetic and story. His plays include White Tie Ball, The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, Seven Spots on the Sun, and Treading Steady, Treading True, On the Solid Sand Below and have been produced or developed at the Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, the Playwrights' Center, Alliance Theatre, American Theater Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, Theatre Row, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Red Tape, the University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University. Upcoming projects include readings at Teatro Vista, Goodman Theatre, and ACT (Seattle) as well as workshops at PlayPenn and Icicle Creek Theatre Festival. A recipient of the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, the National New Play Network's Smith Prize, and a Core Apprenticeship at the Playwrights' Center, Martín is a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights' Unit at Goodman Theatre, where he is currently under commission, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and has been a finalist for the Kendeda Competition, the Jerome Fellowship, the Heideman Award, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has also been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, the Julie Harris Playwright Award, and WordBridge Playwrights Lab. M.F.A. in Playwriting: The University of Texas at Austin. B.A. in Theater Studies, B.S. in Economics: Duke University.