Playwrights’ Center and McKnight Foundation Announce the McKnight Theater Artist Fellows
Artists from multiple disciplines are represented and celebrated in the 2022-23 McKnight National Theater Artist Cohort... read more
Announcing Lynde Rosario’s arrival; celebrating Amrita Ramanan’s new role
MINNEAPOLIS (May 2, 2022) — Amid a momentous year of celebration for Playwrights’ Center, now welcoming its 50th season, The Center is delighted to announce the arrival of Lynde Rosario as Director of Fellowships.... read more
The 2022-2023 McKnight National Residency and Commission has been awarded to Sharon Bridgforth. The 2022-2023 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recipients are TyLie Shider and Katie Ka Vang.... read more
The Center is excited to announce the 2022-2023 Jerome Fellows Francisca Da Silveira, Zola Dee, Blossom Johnson, and Minghao Tu; Many Voices Fellows J. Corey Buckner, Gethsemane Herron, and Liqing Xu; and Many Voices Mentee Johanna Keller Flores. In partnership with the Jerome Foundation, these fellowship programs have anchored the Center’s support of playwrights and theatermakers for over 40 years.... read more
As part of its 50th Anniversary Season, Playwrights’ Center announced on February 15th that it will serve as the new home for the prestigious Venturous Playwright Fellowship. This fellowship selects three risk-taking, innovative writers and their “venturous” plays, which are challenging in form, controversial in subject matter, ambitious in scale, and/or experimental in concept. The fellowship provides them with two years of residency funding and production advocacy.... read more
Expands Season with In-Person and Online Offerings
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Playwrights’ Center is committed to the health and well-being of the artists and communities we serve, the people we employ, and the guests that enter our building. With the rise of the delta variant and changes in CDC guidelines, Playwrights’ Center spaces are closed to the general public at this time.... read more
The Playwrights' Center is excited to introduce you to this year's program recipients.... read more
Playwrights’ Center Supports Early Career Writers With Nine-Month Mentorship... read more
Playwrights’ Center and McKnight Foundation Recognize Three Minnesotan Theater Makers... read more
Playwrights’ Center and the McKnight Foundation Support a More Just and Creative Theater Field... read more
Playwrights’ Center Works Towards a More Equitable Theater Field Through an Expansion of Fellowships... read more
This past week marked the one-year anniversary since Playwrights’ Center shifted to remote operations and moved readings and workshops online. At that moment in time, we had no real idea how the pandemic would affect us, our field, and the artists we serve. The past year has been a time of loss for so many and a time of change for all.... read more
Our friend and board member Ginger Wilhelmi passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, after battling ovarian cancer for many years. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her daughter Rachel Austin Bernstein, her family, and her friends. We are grateful for Ginger and her support of Playwrights’ Center. And her absence is deeply felt.... read more
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our beloved Barbara Field—one of the incredible founders of Playwrights’ Center—passed away on February 21st, just a few days shy of her 88th birthday. She’s been constantly surrounded by friends and family over the past couple of weeks, and we’ve been telling stories, cracking jokes (of course), and singing to one another.... read more
Playwrights' Center Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn recently connected with Core Writer Crystal Skillman on her upcoming play Pulp Verite, the power of artist collectives, and how writing for different mediums informs her work.
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Playwrights' Center Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn recently connected with Affiliated Writer Dipika Guha on her upcoming play Getting There, loss and longing, strong female characters, and working in theater and television.
Hayley Finn: Your play is very rich with visual imagery. How do you start a play and what is your relationship to the visual landscape as it relates to text?... read more
An Interview With Jake Jeppson By Hayley Finn
Hayley Finn: No Cure is a very personal play. Writing something so personal is a very brave act. How did you come to know you could write this play?... read more
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HartBeat Ensemble with playwright Lonnie Carter and Out of Hand Theater with playwright Marcie Rendon Receive Grants
The Playwrights’ Center and Network of Ensemble Theaters Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership By Doubling “Collaboration Grant” Recipients ...
The Playwrights' Center is excited to introduce you to this year's program recipients. This includes our 2020–21 McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 2020–21 McKnight Fellows in Playwriting, 2020–21 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows, 2020–21 Jerome and Many Voices Fellows and Mentee, 2020-23 Core Writers, and our 2020–21 Core Apprentices. Please join us in welcoming these outstanding writers into the Playwrights' Center family!... read more
The McKnight Foundation and the Playwrights’ Center are continuing to support and grow the Twin Cities’ legacy as a cultural hub by supporting some of today’s most promising Minnesotan theater makers through three $25,000 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships. The awards will allow these artists freedom to pursue personal artistic projects and grow in their field at a time of great uncertainty for theaters, brought on by the pandemic.... read more
Dear communities -... read more
Gives significant resources to further playwrights’ careers
McKnight Foundation and Playwrights’ Center Invest in the Future of the American Theater... read more
Playwrights’ Center Planning for the Future With a Full Season of Fellowships
Announces 2020-2021 Jerome Fellows, Many Voices Fellows, and Many Voices Mentees. More to Come in April and May
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Program Open to Students Across the Country
Celebratory Event Scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020
Minnesota’s First Lady Gwen Walz Scheduled to Speak
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Join us for readings of Tha Chink-Mart on Monday, April 6 & Tuesday, April 7.
Interview by PWC Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn
HF: Tha Chink-Mart is set in Long Island in 2004, where you grew up. How much of the play’s situation is based on experiences that you had in high school?... read more
Join us for readings of #ROYCE on Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 3.
Interview by PWC Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn... read more
Join us for Malvolio on Monday, February 3 & Tuesday, February 4.
Interview by Hayley Finn, PWC Associate Artistic Director
Hayley Finn: What was your impulse for creating a sequel to Twelfth Night?... read more
Join us for AUTHOR AUTHOR on Monday, January 13 & Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Interview by Hayley Finn, PWC Associate Artistic Director
Hayley Finn: How did this idea and this collaboration develop?... read more
Join us for December on Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10.
Interviewed by Hayley Finn, PWC Associate Artistic Director
Hayley Finn: December is one of several plays you’ve written to feature poetry as an important element. How do you see your background in poetry influencing your work as a playwright?... read more
The Playwrights’ Center’s 2019-20 public season consists of our celebrated PlayLabs Festival, now in its 36th year, and our Ruth Easton New Play Series, celebrating its 25th anniversary. These free performances are an opportunity to share the work that our incredible playwrights are developing. The writers receive intensive time to work on their plays with nationally acclaimed directors along with visionary actors, designers, and dramaturgs.... read more
In the wake of a series of events surrounding Children’s Theatre Company, the Playwrights’ Center has spent the past few weeks with many playwrights, our staff and our board members to articulate a public response – not only in relation to this particular situation, but also as a renewed commitment to how we as an organization continue living into our value of prioritizing individual artist care in the theater community.... read more
Gursimrat Kaur (University of Texas - Austin), Taylor Rankin (Northwestern University), and Aaron Ricciardi (Indiana University)!... read more
The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the 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 $7,000 to fund a new collaborative project. Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievement and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant's work.... read more
The Playwrights’ Center is happy to announce that Carlyle Brown, long-time PWC playwright, has been chosen to become a Lifetime Core Writer.
This year's McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient is Heather Raffo, an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, Off-West End and in regional theater and in film.... read more
The Playwrights' Center is happy to announce our new Core Writers!... read more
Each year, the Playwrights’ Center serves as an artistic home for nearly 40 fellows and Core Writers, in addition to supporting 2,100 member playwrights across the globe and partnering with producing theaters to move work from page to stage.... read more
PlayLabs 2014 continues Tuesday, October 21 with a reading of The Absence of Weather by Core Writer Ken Urban at 7 p.m. The second reading of The Absence of Weather is Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m. We talked with Ken about the play... read more
Playwright Sibyl Kempson, who was the 2013-14 McKnight National Residency and Commission Fellow at the Playwrights' Center, has been awarded a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.
Representing eight creative disciplines, each... read more
LAKE UNTERSEE by Joe Waechter
Workhaus Collective, Minneapolis, MN
September 11 – 27, 2014
World premiere. Rocky, a troubled teenager, longs to leave his divorced... read more
In addition to the nearly 50 workshops we do each year with our fellows and Core Writers, the Playwrights' Center partners with several theaters and organizations on development work.
This summer the Playwrights’ Center started the workshop... read more
For the first time, the history of the Playwrights’ Center is on display in the University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archive. Materials from the last 43 years, including programs, flyers, press... read more
Samuel D. Hunter, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center from 2011 to 2014, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly called the “genius grant.”
According to the MacArthur Foundation, “The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted... read more