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Application due: November 14, 2013

McKnight National Residency and Commission
Supported by a grant from The McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights. The recipient playwright receives a $12,500 commission, paid to the playwright according to an agreed upon schedule, at least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets, housing during the residency period, up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play, a public reading of the commissioned play, and participation in the fall Fellowship Retreat.

Past recipients include: Kia Corthron, Kate Fodor, Daniel Alexander Jones, Sibyl Kempson, Craig Lucas, Taylor Mac, Ruth Margraff, Dan O'Brien, Betty Shamieh, Kathleen Tolan, and Mac Wellman.

Selection Process
Applications 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 Minnesota theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence, professional achievement, and proposed residency plans, and is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. Playwrights' Center staff do not participate in selection decisions.

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

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Sibyl Kempson

McKnight National
Residency and Commission   

Sibyl Kempson lives and makes theater plays in NYC and the Pocono Mountains. Her plays have been presented at Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Performance Space 122, Little Theater, Brick Theater, the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX, the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Theater Bonn in Germany. She is a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a member of New Dramatists, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, where she studied under the instigation of Mac Wellman. She is a founding member of the Joyce Cho Initiative, an affinity of playwrights dedicated to the staging of problem plays, and of Machiqq Women's Auxiliary playwriting group. Her plays are published by 53rd State Press, PAJ, and PLAY: A Journal of Plays.

Recent, current, and upcoming projects include: RESTLESS EYE, a collaboration with David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group (March 2012, New York Live Arts); Big Dance Theater’s production of her play ICH, KÜRBISGEIST (October 2012, Chocolate Factory); a New Dramatists/Full Stage USA commission for a new work in collaboration with Austin, TX groups Rude Mechs and Salvage Vanguard Theater, called RIVER OF GRUEL, PILE OF PIGS: THE REQUISITE GESTURE(S) OF NARROW APPROACH, to premiere at the Fusebox Festival in 2014; a commission from the Playwrights’ Division of New York City Players for a new play to premiere at Abrons Arts Center in 2014; and a collaboration with Elevator Repair Service called FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND to premiere in NYC in 2015.

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