The Dominic Orlando Fund is a fund created by friends of Dominic and the Playwrights’ Center to keep the spirit of Dominic and his work burning for years to come. The fund will be used to create playwriting awards to support several writers over several years.

In 2003, at the age of 39, Dominic came to the Playwrights’ Center on a Jerome fellowship. This opportunity raised his profile and catapulted Dominic’s career into the national conversation.  For the twenty years prior, he had co-run a small independent theater company in New York, where he wrote, directed, and produced scores of his plays. The support of the Jerome Fellowship allowed Dominic to focus on his craft and to make connections that led to larger productions nationally, significant commissions and eventually led to his success in television.

In the spirit of Dominic’s life and work, the award recipients will be writers with an “unconventional career." This can mean many things, but we hope to find candidates who may be “late bloomers,” theater-makers who have forged their own paths by producing their own work, running their own independent companies, or for artists who have taken artistic risks without finding significant financial or material support from institutional theaters.

The intention is that these awards will allow the recipients to focus deeply on their craft and make national connections while alleviating some of the crippling financial pressure that can often hold back artists from pursuing their dreams. 

Full guidelines and applications for the awards will be available in spring of 2022 at The selection process will be overseen by the Fund’s Advisory Board. Each award will consist of a one-time, no strings attached award. 


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