KCACTF 2019 Undergraduate Playwrights' Workshop Application
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host its fourth annual Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop in Washington, D.C., June 3 -June 9, 2019.
Up to four playwrights who are current undergraduates will be selected and brought to the Kennedy Center for one week to develop their full-length play with a professional director and dramaturg, as well as an acting company made up of leading actors from the Washington, D.C. theatre community.
The workshop process will be completely driven by the particular needs of the playwright and their play. There will be ample writing time, meetings with the artistic team, and daily four-hour rehearsal blocks with actors. If the team chooses to present a concert reading at the end of the workshop process, the feedback session will led by the play’s dramaturg and will be based on the playwright’s objectives for the play's development.
The creative teams will be supplemented, as needed, with additional artists that the playwright feels are necessary to the exploration of the work (for example: a sound designer, a choreographer, a composer, a movement consultant, a puppetry consultant, etc.).
The residency includes a full scholarship to the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, led by Gary Garrison, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and educator who has served as Executive Director of Creative Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America, New York. The Playwriting Intensive will take place June 6 - 9, following the workshop process.
All undergraduate students are eligible for nomination, including those receiving their degrees in the spring of 2019.
The reading and selection panel will be made up of literary managers, dramaturgs, directors, and actors with an affinity for the development of new work.
In late-January 2019, a selection panel will contact a group of finalists to discuss the workshop further. These playwrights will be invited to send updated information and a current draft or treatment of a proposed work-in-progress for the Kennedy Center residency.
The selected playwrights will be provided with round-trip transportation, lodging in a George Washington University residence hall, per diem of $50, and a daily lunch voucher for the period of the residency. The playwrights and teams will gather on Monday, June 3 and head home late afternoon on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
On Thursday evening, Gary will be holding an introduction and session. Friday through Sunday will consist of multiple sessions from professional directors, dramaturgs, and designers, with potential readings occurring each evening.
Every effort will be made to notify the invited playwrights by April 1, 2019.
For any questions on concerns, please contact Gregg Henry, Artistic Director of KCACTF, at GHenry@kennedy-center.org