Application due: November 15, 2012
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 $5,000 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, Craig Lucas, Taylor Mac, Ruth Margraff, Dan O'Brien, Betty Shamieh, Kathleen Tolan, and Mac Wellman.
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.
Residency and Commission
Betty Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays. Her off-Broadway premieres are The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop) and Roar (The New Group), which was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick and is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States. Shamieh was named a UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue in 2011. Her recent European productions in translation include Again and Against (Playhouse Theater, Stockholm), The Black Eyed (Fournos Theatre, Athens), and Territories (co-production of the Landes-Theatre and the 2009 European Union Capital of Culture Festival). Again and Against was presented in Russian translation as part of the American Seasons in Russia/U.S.-Russia Presidential Bi-lateral Commission and Lark Play Development Center in 2011. Her play Free Radicals was commissioned by at Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Holland). Territories was commissioned by Trinity Rep, developed at Al-Harah Theatre, and presented at the Bethlehem Peace Center with support from the Doris Duke Foundation. Shamieh performed in her play of monologues, Chocolate in Heat, in three extended off-off-Broadway runs and over twenty university theatres. The Machine was directed by Marisa Tomei and produced by Naked Angels in 2007. As Soon As Impossible was commissioned by Second Stage through the Time Warner Commissioning Program. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, she was a recipient of a NEA/TCG residency program at the Magic Theatre. Shamieh was selected as a Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard in 2004 and named as a Playwriting Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in 2006. A workshop production of her play The Strangest was presented at the HERE Arts Center Culturemart Festival in 2012. She is a member of New Dramatists and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Her works have been translated into seven languages. www.bettyshamieh.com