Huntington Playwriting Fellows
Huntington Playwriting Fellows are awarded two-year residencies during which they receive a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a writers’ collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground reading series and the HPF Summer Workshop series. The Fellows program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.
Learn more about previous Huntington Playwriting Fellows
The Huntington is interested in fostering artistic relationships with local playwrights at all stages of their careers, from emerging talents to established professionals. This program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. The program also encourages conversation in the Boston playwriting community. Past participants are leaders of the local community whose plays have been produced on the Huntington's stages and throughout the country.
All writers regardless of their level of professional experience are invited to apply. New participants in recent years have ranged from unproduced playwrights to those with existing national profiles, and co-mentorship between participants is encouraged in the program. Professional representation (agents or managers) is of no consideration in the application process; most writers do not have agents when they enter the program.
Becoming a Huntington Playwriting Fellow is not a guarantee of production by the Huntington, though roughly half of our past fellows have been produced by the theatre including Melinda Lopez, Ronan Noone, Lydia R. Diamond, Rebekah Maggor, Ryan Landry, Kirsten Greenidge, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, and Sinan Ünel. In our 2013-2014 season, we are producing plays by Melinda Lopez and Lydia Diamond. In all cases, the writers concluded their residency period before the time of production.
Current and past fellows are also sometimes invited to participate in unique artistic opportunities, such as creating audioplays for the Emerging America Festival.
Huntington Playwriting Fellows Application Process
To be eligible, writers must be live at least nine months of the year in the Greater Boston area. Meetings will be held bi-weekly. As we desire participants who can take full advantage of the program, all conflicts that will require applicants to leave the Boston area for an extended period of time, including upcoming short-term residencies or productions, will be taken under advisement, but do not preclude applying. Please contact us with any specific residency situations or questions.
To apply, please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59PM on Thursday, April 30. Early submissions are encouraged, and submissions are read roughly in the order they are received.
- Application form with all information provided, including references
- Professional resume – Please list all productions, residencies, readings, publications, professional affiliations, and other theatre background. If you work outside of theatre and/or the arts, we’d be interested to know that as well.
- One-page artistic statement. Your one-page essay should be your succinct statement of why you are interested in participating in the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. It may touch on any or all of the following questions:
- How would the HPF program contribute to your growth as an artist?
- In light of the fact that the fellows program is primarily a writers’ collective, what sparks your interest in participating in one (or if you have before, what will you gain that is new)?
- What goals would you set for yourself during your residency at the Huntington, and how do these fit with your larger personal goals as an artist?
- Why the Huntington?
- What would your expectations be?
- One completed, full-length play. Send us the play you have finished most recently. It is more useful to send a play that it is on its first or second draft than a play that you have been working on for several years. Please do not send work that has been considered for prior application cycles of the HPF program, even if it has undergone revision. It is more productive for us to discover a new side of your voice than to learn about your ability to revise.
All applicants will be informed of their status no later than August 2015. The new cohort will enter the program in August/September 2015.
A note to out-of-state applicants:
The playwriting fellowship is designed for applicants who currently make their artistic home in the Greater Boston area (or within commuting distance: Providence, western Massachusetts, etc). It is built around creating and deepening long-term artistic relationships with playwrights in the community, and would be a poor fit for someone who was considering relocating solely on the basis of the fellowship. We discourage applications from playwrights who do not currently live in the area. We have at times accepted materials from playwrights who have pre-existing plans to relocate in the next six months regardless of the outcome of their application, but suggest you contact us in advance of sending your application.