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PlySpace (Muncie | Indianna)

PlySpace Artist Residencies

PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program in Muncie, Indiana, that is dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest. PlySpace is a program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation, and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fee: 
$40 application fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
3 / 1 / 2022

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Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz | NY)

Millay Artist Residencies

WHEN From April through November, Millay Arts hosts 6-7 multidisciplinary artists for month-long stays at Steepletop, the historic estate of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay (We also offer two-week residencies in June and September.) With the gift of time and space, Artists-in-Residence dive deeply into their creative process and projects; works made possible in part by this gift enrich lives and communities globally. WHY As an Artist-in-Residence, your participation as an instrumental member of an intimate cohort -- designed to be both supportive and inspirational -- forges lifelong friendships as well as professional relationships and future collaborations. WHERE Located in the Hudson Valley, nestled against the Berkshires, our sylvan and secluded hilltop offers idyllic meadows and woods and is situated close to various world-renowned cultural institutions. We are 2-1/2 hours from both Boston and NYC; transportation to/from train, bus, airports is easily arranged. At this time, Millay Arts offers TWO juried residencies (more below), both of which require an online application submitted via Submittable.
Fee: 
$40
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
3 / 1 / 2022

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Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City | NE)

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio.
Fee: 
$35
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
3 / 1 / 2022

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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