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The Playwrights’ Center recognizes the importance of supporting and mentoring the next generation of playwrights and will work specifically with college and universities who are part of our New Plays on Campus program to extend the Ruth Easton Lab to student playwrights. This program works in partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national champion of student dramatists.

The Core Apprentice program is an excellent opportunity for student playwrights to develop a play and explore playwriting as a career. Core Apprentices are partnered with a mentor in an effort to foster deeper connections between professional playwrights and playwrights-in-training, and to encourage excellence in the student writer’s work.

During the Core Apprentice year, The Playwrights’ Center pays for a professional playwright to mentor the student during their year as an Apprentice, 10 hours of workshop time with up to 5 professional actors, a dramaturg and a director, travel, local transportation, and housing to while in Minneapolis at the Playwrights’ Center.

Download the 2014-15 Core Apprentice program application (PDF) >

Application due: February 13, 2014

For more information about the New Plays on Campus membership program, of which Core Apprenticeship is a benefit, please visit this page on our site.

Former Core Apprentices include:

2012 Liz Ellison
2012 Amina Henry
2012 Callie Kimball
2012 Basil Kreimendahl
2011 Sarah Dooley
2011 Diana Grisanti
2011 Krista Knight
2011 Matt McGeachy
2011 Dan O'Neil
2011 Riti Sachdeva
2011 Andrew P. Saito
2011 Benjamin Weiner
2010 Siobhan Antonioli
2010 Kevin Artigue
2010 Jessica Baxter
2010 Ellen Conn
2010 Margot Connolly
2010 Faith Griffiths
2010 Kimber Lee
2010 Patricia Loughrey
2010 Andrew Pierce
2010 Dean Poynor
2010 Jen Silverman
2010 Julie Tosh
2010 Lauren Yee
2009 Joe Luis Cedillo
2009 Matthew Fotis
2009 Benjamin Graber
2009 Meghan Kennedy
2009 Andrew Kramer
2008 George Brant
2008 Julia Brownell
2008 Emily Feldman
2008 Gwyneth Shanks
2008 Martín Zimmerman
2007 Dan Trujillo
2007 Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
2007 David Largman Murray
2007 Tiffany Antone
2006 Lou Clark
2006 Ted Dahlman
2006 Terry Davis
2006 Zach Hart
2006 Ike Holter

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Emma Goidel

Core Apprentices   

Emma Goidel is a playwright, dramaturg, and performer making new plays in Philadelphia. Her work has been developed at New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater, Horizon Theater in Atlanta, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barnard College, SIT Dakar, and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2013-15 Core Playwright in residence at InterAct Theatre Company; a 2nd-year member of the Foundry, a lab for eight emerging Philadelphia playwrights; and a recent graduate of Barnard College.

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Hansol Jung

Core Apprentices   

Hansol Jung is a South Korean playwright completing her final year at the Yale School of Drama. Her work has been developed at Asia Society New York, Lark Play Development Center, OD Musical Theater Company (Seoul), Cultural Conversations New Play Festival, and the Yale Cabaret. Her works include Dis/Oriented: Antonioni in China (with Yin Mei and Bora Yoon), Among the Dead, Still Murky: A play about a Platypus, No More Sad Things and Cat Club (with Paul Lieber, Tim Hassler, and Kate Tarker). She has translated over 30 American musicals into Korean, including Evita, Evil Dead the Musical, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working with several award-winning musical theater productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently developing the musical Undesirables with Chris Bannow,

Awards include the Paul Stephen Lim Playwrighting Award (Kennedy Center 2012), the Pierre-Andre Salim Memorial Scholarship (Yale 2011-13), and the Penn State Manfull Award (2010). She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 

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Tori Keenan-Zelt

Core Apprentices   

Tori Keenan-Zelt is a playwright and screenwriter who recently completed her MFA at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. Her work had been commissioned, developed, and produced internationally. Recently, The Egypt Play, or The Misses Blake on a Holiday Jihad was named an O’Neill Semifinalist and a Lark Playwrights' Week Finalist, and Tori was named a finalist for the Ingram New Works Lab (Tennessee Rep). Four of her short plays appeared in Bottles on the Water, a Night of Short Plays from Abroad (Arthur Seelen Theatre, NYC), published by Next Stage Press, and her short play The Flamingo Who Did Not Lay Any Golden Eggs is anthologized by the 31 Plays / 31 Days Project. Other recent work includes Truth Dare Double Dare Kiss Love or Torture (Tisch Asia), Bad Elephant (ArtVenture), Maria (Blink of an Eye Fest) and A Thriller in Two Acts: A One-Act Play (Singapore Short and Sweet Selection). 

Currently, Tori writes for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Emmy Award-winning Electronic Field Trip series and contributes dramaturgy to the Lark's Roundtable program. She is also founding Co-Artistic Director of Panglossian Productions, a non-profit global/local company that develops new theatre in Williamsburg, VA, where she recently served as Associate Artistic Director of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She designs and leads writing and performance workshops for youth, most recently for Singapore Repertory Theatre. Whenever possible, she performs on stage, in films, and near unsuspecting Chipotle patrons. Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, she splits her time among New York, Virginia, and a cat who lives in Connecticut. BA, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch.

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Abe Koogler

Core Apprentices   

Abe Koogler is a playwright and performer in his final year of graduate school at UT Austin. He creates darkly funny, linguistically strange, character-driven theatrical worlds.

Abe’s full-length play Kill Floor won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting. His plays have been developed at Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab. His short play Fruit was most recently performed at The ArtsCenter in North Carolina. Abe received the 2013 Theatre Masters’ Visionary Playwrights Award.

Abe is a co-artistic director of Underbelly, a vagabond theatre company. Underbelly recently premiered Slip River in Austin. Inspired by Huck Finn, silent films, and the music of Beyonce, Slip River won the 2013 Austin Critics Table Award for Best Comedy.  The company’s next piece, Church of the Passionate Cat, will premier in 2014.

As a performer, Abe appeared most recently in the regional premier of Lisa D’Amour’s The Cataract. He has also worked as a journalist and a political consultant. He was born and raised in Washington State.

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Katharine Sherman

Core Apprentices   

Katharine Sherman writes performance works and plays that live in the blur between genres. In 2009 she co-founded Lunar Energy Productions, which produced her plays like the night in 2009 and christopher marlowe’s chloroform dreams in 2012. She has had readings and development with WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, Plays and Players (Philadelphia) and the Inkwell (Washington, DC). Her shorter plays have been produced by the Eclectic Company Theater (LA), Sticky/Blue Box Productions, the Isleford Theater Project (Maine), and the American Globe 15-minute play festival. Her play all saints all souls is in the 2013 Orlando Fringe Festival. Her short play “grunge is dead” is published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2011 (Smith & Kraus). She was a finalist for the 2013 Jerome Fellowship, the 2012 National Playwright’s Conference (christopher marlowe’s mystery play) and the 2012 Heideman Award (MASTODON JUAN). Her play ondine will be a part of the 2014 Risk Is This...festival of experimental new plays at Cutting Ball in San Francisco. She is all about devised/ensemble-based processes that create immersive, multi-sensory audience experiences. She holds a BA from Bowdoin College and is a 2013 graduate of the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa.

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