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The Anderson Center (Red Wing | MN)

Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program

The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers month-long residency-fellowships at Tower View to a cohort of early-career artists from Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for concentrated, uninterrupted creative time to advance their personal artistic goals and projects. The program aims to meet the specific needs of emerging artists while welcoming them into a supportive and inspiring residency environment that empowers them to take risks, embrace challenges, and utilize unconventional approaches to problem-solving. Thanks to support from the Jerome Foundation, selected emerging artists receive a $625/week artist stipend, documentation support, art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, a travel honorarium, groceries, and chef-prepared communal dinners.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
For early career/emerging artists living in MN and NYC.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 15 / 2022

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The Anderson Center (Red Wing | MN)

Deaf Artists Residency Program

The Anderson Center’s Deaf Artists Residency (DAR) is an ASL-centric environment where Deaf artists can communicate and exchange ideas. The program provides 5 Deaf artists the opportunity to come together to live, work and share ideas with other native ASL signers, while advancing their own personal artistic projects.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
For deaf artists.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 15 / 2022

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Boston Playwrights' Theatre

Boston University MFA in Playwriting Program

Boston University (BU) offers a three-year MFA in Playwriting that combines the best of their traditions—their nationally recognized Playwriting Program, founded by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in 1981, with an exciting collaboration with the award-winning School of Theatre at Boston University. Playwriting students’ voices are encouraged, nurtured, and challenged, and BU has a profound and positive impact on their artistry by incorporating them into a vibrant community of artists. Five graduate students are accepted every two years—2022, 2024, and so on. This assures students of individual, hands-on attention from faculty during all phases of the MFA degree program.
Fee: 
$80* *BU does offer an application fee waiver to ensure that an application fee does not pose a barrier to anyone who wishes to apply for admission. If accepted, playwrights attend school at no cost to them.
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
2 / 15 / 2021

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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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