2017 Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship
The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program is the centerpiece of a broad Apothetae at Lark Initiative, designed to provide a significant platform of support and advocacy for Disabled Artists and to promote the generation of new works with the power to revolutionize the cultural conversation surrounding Disability. The Apothetae, a theater company founded in 2012 and devoted to challenging perceived perceptions of the “Disabled Experience,” and The Lark, an organization founded in 1994 and devoted to the principles of equity, inclusion, community, and the power of an individual artistic voice, have been working in partnership to address the profound underrepresentation and oppressive misrepresentation of people with disabilities that persists throughout our cultural media.
The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. The Apothetae at Lark Fellow will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.
The Lark is accepting applications for the pilot round of its Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Time Warner Foundation.
The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and develop relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includesa cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.
Up to 3 Finalists for the award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.
Applications will be accepted from March 1 to June 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified in early September 2017.
The 2017 Fellowship period begins September 15, 2017 and ends September 14, 2019.
- Work with Lark and Apothetae staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs;
- Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
- Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
- Receive support for the advancement of work generated during the Fellowship year, including control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated to a producing theater partner in support of a full production of one of Fellow’s plays;
- Take an active role in broader aspects of the Apothetae at Lark Initiative, including participation in ongoing Convenings of Disabled Artists and leaders, designed to provide a field-wide, community-based forum for issues of access, awareness and representation;
- Receive continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.
Fellows will receive:
- $40,000 fellowship stipend paid in monthly increments for two years
- $5,000 Opportunity Fund
- Control over $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated as Fellow chooses for the purposes of supporting a full production of a particular play
Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes.
Fellowship applicants must:
- Identify as a playwright with a disability;
- Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Non-Citizen who possesses valid work authorization (permanent resident status/green card, refugee or asylum status, or temporary protected status);
- Make a case for how their work can engage the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
- Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark and The Apothetae’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.
- A cover sheet, including your name, address, phone number, and email address.
- A current artistic bio or resume;
- An Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals and a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals; and (3) a statement describing how your work might engage this program’s goal of advancing the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
- A Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright. A full-length play script for the stage is preferred, but samples in other genres and of any length will be accepted. Please include a brief description of the work sample if you feel it would be useful in the committee’s review of your application; and
- (Optional) One personal or professional reference (listing the referrer’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, colleague or educator familiar with you and your work.
Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The selection committee may request additional information, support material or work samples as part of their adjudication process.
Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship, 311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due June 15, 2017.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and/or for questions about submissions, please email email@example.com. If you have accessibility questions about the application process please contact Director of Community Relationships Anna Kull at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 246-2676 x242.