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Application due: November 20, 2014

Jerome Fellowships
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 2014, 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, Martín Zimmerman and August Wilson.

Selection Process
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.

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

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Steve Moulds

Jerome Fellowships   

Productions of Steve Moulds’s plays include Emergency Prom (University of Texas at Austin); the Humana Festival anthology Oh, Gastronomy!; an adaptation of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author for The Hypocrites (Chicago), which received a Jeff nomination for Best New Adaptation; Your Authentic Self (Hollywood Fringe Festival); Compound/Complex (Brouhaha Comedy Festival); Von Rollo (Illusion Theater); Principles of Dramatic Writing (Source Festival); Sisters of Soul (Pivot Arts Festival); and three plays in the Minnesota Fringe Festival—Killer Smile, Buyer’s Remorse, and See You Next Tuesday. Steve has also had three ten-minute plays produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville. His plays have been developed by The Inkwell, Performance Network Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, and Lark Play Development Center, and his work has been published by Playscripts, Samuel French, and Smith and Kraus. He spent a year in Denver as the NNPN Playwright in Residence at Curious Theatre Company and holds an M.F.A. from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Steve co-wrote (with Diana Grisanti) the serialized play The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn for Theatre [502], where he is a Playwright in Residence.

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Kate Tarker

Jerome Fellowships   

Kate Tarkers plays include Thunderbodies, An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico, Concertina, The Green, and Paper Cut. At the Yale Cabaret, she recently directed all of what you love and none of what you hate, and performed an improvised, clown inspired show, The Most Beautiful Thing in the World. Her work has been produced or developed by Primary Stages/ESPA at 59E59 Theaters, LOCAL Lab in Boulder, the Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival in Aspen/NYC, and the National New Play Network at the Kennedy Center, She is the recipient of the Kennedy Centers 2012 National Science Playwriting Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and two Stephen B. Timbers Scholarships (Yale). She has mentored playwrights at the New Haven Co-Op High School and taught playwriting at Wesleyan. Kate is a member of the Dramatists Guild. BA Reed College. MFA Yale School of Drama 2014.

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Josh Wilder

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Josh Wilder is a playwright and actor hailing from South Philadelphia. He was the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights’ Center during the 2013-14 season and is thrilled to come back as one of this year’s Jerome Fellows. His play Gravity was recently presented at the 5th annual Fire This Time Festival in New York and is published by IndieTheatreNow. Josh’s works have been developed and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights’ Center, Pillsbury House+Theater, The Alchemical Theatre Lab, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Josh will be highlighted as a MainStage Playwright at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference. As a teaching artist, he has worked within the Twin Cities community at Penumbra Theatre Company, Pillsbury House+Theater, the Guthrie Theatre and continues to stay involved in education with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival. In 2006, Josh created and established an afterschool theatre company, called MyVision Theatre Ensemble at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where students created and devised their own work. Josh’s dedication to creating theatre that reflects the inner city and its stories have been integrated into his early stages of his arts education and continues to be the source of his work. Currently, he is developing a play cycle set in inner-city Philadelphia called, The Dandelion Plays. Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Deborah Yarchun

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Deborah Yarchun’s plays include The Aleph Complex, The Man in the Sukkah and Portmanteaux. They have been developed at The New Harmony Project, Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theater, the Great Plains Theater Conference, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Sanctuary Playwrights Theater, and WordBRIDGE, and produced at the Young Playwrights Festival (The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons), Theater Master’s National MFA Playwrights Festival (The Wild Project), EstroGenius Festival (Manhattan Theater Source), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at theaters and universities across the United States and Canada. Deborah’s honors include a 2013-2014 Jerome Fellowship, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Iowa Arts Fellowship and Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award. MFA, University of Iowa, 2013.

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