Core Apprentice

The Playwrights' Center's Core Apprentice program is offered in partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Each year the Playwrights' Center will offer fully funded play development workshops for three student playwrights combined with a nine-month mentorship with a professional playwright. Previous mentors have included Pearl Cleage, Rajiv Joseph, Nathan Alan Davis, Dominique Morisseau, David Henry Hwang, and Taylor Mac.


  1. Any current student (graduate or undergraduate) or recent grad from a New Plays on Campus (NPOC) Member School may apply for the Core Apprentice program. Schools will no longer be limited to three students, and there is no need for a faculty nomination, only a letter of recommendation from someone chosen by the applicant. 

  2. Recent grads are eligible to apply for the Core Apprentice program up to one year after they graduate. This means that anyone who graduated in 2021 from a New Plays on Campus school is eligible to apply for the 2022-23 Core Apprentice program.

The top twelve to fifteen rated students after the first round of review will be contacted in May 2022 for the full script of their play, which will then be read by a panel of Playwrights’ Center Fellows. The three writers selected for the Core Apprentice development experience will receive: a professional mentorship with an established playwright who will read the student's work, provide career advice, and serve as a connection to the field; recognition on the Playwrights' Center website and consulting opportunities with Playwrights' Center artistic staff; Playwrights' Center Membership for two years; professional development and educational opportunities; an intensive workshop with professional actors, a dramaturg, and a director; a $500 stipend for the workshop in March 2023. Applicants do not need to be residents of Minnesota.

The Application:

Each application will contain the following pieces:

-Application Form (including contact details, eligibility, and demographic information)

-Professional Resume

Include a professional resume that details work, education, and life experiences that are relevant to this opportunity.

-One-page Artistic Statement

This is a one-page artistic statement written by you describing how the Core Apprenticeship (which includes a nine-month mentorship, career development and educational opportunities, and a professional workshop) would be transformative for you as an artist. What goals would you hope to achieve by the end of this apprenticeship?

-Script Sample

Please submit a 15- to 25-page sample of the script that you are proposing to workshop. Please include a brief play synopsis and casting description at the beginning of the sample. Be sure your name and the play title are on the cover page. All script submissions must be written only by the applicant—no co-written submissions will be accepted. Scripts for musicals may be submitted by the book writer only. If you advance to the finalist round, you will be asked for the full script, but please only submit a play for which you have a complete, full-length draft. Full-length plays are defined as those that run at least one hour in performance.

-One Letter of Recommendation

Please request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other individual who is familiar with your work as a playwright. This letter should detail why you would benefit from a Core Apprenticeship at this time, your strengths as a writer, and areas in which you have room for growth in your craft. Letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline (March 4, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST). You will be requesting your letter through the link below.

Questions may be addressed to University Programs and Partnerships Assistant Shalee Mae Cole Mauleón at

Note: You will need to make a SlideRoom account in order to apply. If you are a Playwrights' Center member, your PWC login will not automatically log you in to SlideRoom—they are two different systems. If you already have a SlideRoom account, you should be able to access the application using your existing login.

For a video tutorial on using SlideRoom, please click here.


March 4, 2022
UCP Membership, Core Apprentice
Core Apprentice
Core Apprentice