McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting

McKnight Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recognizes and supports mid-career playwrights living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained body of work, commitment, and artistic excellence. The fellowship, which runs July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, includes: a $25,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses, and $1,400 in travel funds. Past recipients include: Carlyle Brown, Lisa D'Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Marvin González De León, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christina Ham, Tori Sampson, Carson Kreitzer, May Lee-Yang, Kira Obolensky, Harrison David Rivers, Stacey Rose, and Rhiana Yazzie.

Applicants must reside in and have the legal right to work in the U.S. during the fellowship term. Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since January 14, 2020, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year. Applicants must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application. (Note for 2020: If you had a production that was canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, that does count when determining eligibility. Even if the play was canceled before opening, you may count that production, so you will still be eligible for this fellowship. Please be sure to mark productions that were canceled/postponed as professional productions on your resume.) Recipients of 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 McKnight Artist Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible. Full-time students are not eligible. Staff and board members of the McKnight Foundation and the Playwrights' Center and their immediate family members are not eligible. Fellowship recipients may not receive any other Playwrights' Center fellowships, grants, or Core Writer program benefits during the grant year. If a recipient is a Core Writer, the Core term will be extended by one year. Applicants may only apply for one McKnight Artist Fellowship each year in any discipline

My time in the fellowship has continually shifted the way I see myself as an artist and human being. These types of experiences are quintessential to the development of artists intending to have a sustainable life in the arts.
– Stacey Rose
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, 2019-20

The Application

Each application will contain the following pieces:

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

-Playwriting Resume
Please note clearly which productions listed on your resume (if any) meet the criteria for being "fully produced by a professional theater." Professional productions are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were reasonably compensated and that received at least three public performances each. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full professional productions. Productions that open after January 14, 2021 do not count. (Note for 2020: If you had a production that was canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, that does count when determining eligibility. Even if the play was canceled before opening, you may count that production, so you will still be eligible for this fellowship. We want to make sure that the pandemic does not negatively affect your ability to apply for this program. Please be sure to mark productions that were canceled/postponed as professional productions on your resume.)

-Artistic Statement
Use this statement to describe your artistic goals and vision as a theater maker. This is also an opportunity to provide context for the play you submitted and discuss how it fits into your larger body of work and how you envision your work developing.

-Full-length play script
A full-length play generally runs at least 45 minutes. If you are hoping to submit a script that is shorter than 45 minutes in length, please contact Julia at juliab@pwcenter.org to discuss. All script submissions must be written only by the applicant—no cowritten submissions will be accepted. Scripts for musicals may submitted by the book writer only. If you have previously received a McKnight Artist Fellowship, this script must have been completed after that fellowship year.

-References
Please list two individuals who are familiar with your work as a playwright and who we may contact during the evaluation process.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Manager Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org.

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.

An information session about the application and fellowship will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. CST on Zoom. A recording will be available after the session. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Applications for the 2021-22 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting is due Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST

click here to access the application in slideroom »

Deadline: 
January 14, 2021
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Core Writer
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting, Affiliated Writer