Announcing the 2021-22 Fellows, new Core Writers, and Core Apprentices

The Playwrights' Center is excited to introduce you to this year's program recipients. The list includes the 202122 McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 202122 McKnight Fellows in Playwriting, 202122 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows, 202122 Jerome Fellows, 202122 Many Voices Fellows and Mentees, 202124 Core Writers, 202122 Core Apprentices, and (coming in August) the 202122 Ensemble/Collaboration Grant Recipient. Please join us in welcoming these outstanding writers to the Center. We encourage you to learn more about the work of each artist by clicking their name to read their bio.


The headshot of James Anthony Tyler

The 202122 McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient is James Anthony Tyler. The McKnight National Residency and Commission funds the creation and development of new works. The award comes with a $15,000 commission and up to $12,250 in workshop funds to support the development of the play, and a public reading.


The headshots of JuCoby Jonhson and Cristina Luzárraga

The 202122 McKnight Fellows in Playwriting are JuCoby Johnson and Cristina Luzárraga. The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting awards two Minnesota-based playwrights a $25,000 stipend, $2,500 to support play development and other professional expenses, and $1,400 in travel funds.


The headshots of the 2021-2022 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Trevor Bowen, Elizabeth MacNally, and T. Mychael Rambo

The 202122 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows are costume designer Trevor Bowen, stage manager Elizabeth MacNally, and actor T. Mychael Rambo. The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at Playwrights’ Center recognize Minnesota theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. The fellowship provides a $25,000 award as well as access to development funds to launch new, collaborative theatrical work.


The 202122 Jerome Fellows are Lucas Baisch, Marvin González De León, Gethsemane Herron, and Nubia Monks. The Jerome Fellowship is intended to support early-career playwrights who demonstrate extraordinary potential, artistic vision, and a commitment to spending a year in residency in Minnesota developing their work. Fellows receive an $18,000 stipend in addition to $2,500 in development support.


The 202122 Many Voices Fellows are Zola Dee, Lester Eugene Mayers, and P.C. VerroneMany Voices Fellows receive an $18,000 stipend and $2,500 in play development funds. Supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, this program is designed to increase cultural diversity in contemporary theater, both locally and nationally.


The 202122 Many Voices Mentees are Atlese Robinson and James A. Williams. The Many Voices Mentees are provided with a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. The mentees' grant is also supported, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. 


The headshots of the 2021-2024 Core Writers Mathilde Dratwa, L M Feldman, Franky D. Gonzalez, Yilong Liu, TyLie Shider, Deborah Yarchun, and Nathan Yungerberg.

This year's incoming Core Writers are Mathilde Dratwa, L M Feldman, Franky D. Gonzalez, Yilong Liu, TyLie Shider, Deborah Yarchun, and Nathan Yungerberg. The Core Writer Program at Playwrights’ Center provides play development workshops and professional support to 26 to 31 playwrights from across the country over a three-year term. Work by Core Writers is featured in the Center’s public season, including the PlayLabs new play festival, Ruth Easton New Play Series, and In The Lab series.


The headshots of the 2021-2022 Core Apprentice Playwrights Christin Eve Cato, Sarahjeen François, and Phanésia Pharel

The 202122 Core Apprentice Playwrights are Christin Eve Cato, Sarahjeen François, and Phanésia Pharel. The program supports these early-career playwrights with professional mentors and full play development workshops, furthering their craft and their careers.

The headshots of 25 fellows, Core Writers, and Core Apprentices. The image has a gradient overlay that starts out pink on top and fades to a deep red.