NNPN’s Playwrights in Residence program was established in 2007 to support recently graduated MFA playwrights in season-long residencies at Core Member theatres across the country. The criteria regarding educational status has been changed, and as of 2014 playwrights at all career levels will be eligible for nomination.
Playwrights and proposed projects are nominated by Core Member theatres, and are chosen by the Executive Committee of the Board of NNPN. These selected writers receive stipends of $13,300, along with travel funds to learn from and engage with NNPN and its membership throughout the year, and the sponsoring theatre receives a stipend to cover administrative costs.
The theatres and playwrights work together to craft the terms of the individual residency but most include readings and other development opportunities for the writer’s work. Additionally the playwright is incorporated into the staff of the host theatre in order to gain administrative skills and leadership experience at a producing theatre. Playwrights are also encouraged to become a part of the artistic community in which they are residing, and to get to know and work with other artists and organizations.
Click here to learn about the nomination process.