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Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2024/25

Liberation Theatre Company (LTC), a Harlem, New York-based independent theatrical producer and playwright development company established in 2009, is inviting applications from early-career Black playwrights to participate in the seventh year of our Writing Residency Program for 2024-2025. The residency is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

It is a rare opportunity burgeoning playwrights have to hone their craft under their own vision through provided resources from an organization that only seeks to uplift their voices.  For that I owe Liberation Theater Company an unlimited amount of gratitude. Nathaniel Johnson - Residency Playwright 2017/18

 

   The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play. 

  Beginning in May 2024, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape. 

  Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can. 

  The Residency will conclude in February 2025, with the possibility of public/virtual readings, to be determined by LTC staff, of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium. 

Eligibility
  To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2024 – February 2025). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code. 


Application Submission Procedure
  To be considered for the 2024 - 2025 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.
    The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 1, 2024. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name.

  1. Completed Online Application Form 

  2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:                              

    • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.

    • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.

    • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 

    • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 

    • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.

    • Anything else you think may be relevant.

    3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
    4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
    5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include your website if you have one and one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

We are excited by the opportunity to work with this year’s group of playwrights.

Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2024/25

All four of them have only recently started their careers but view this residency as a chance to focus on their writing in the company of people who will understand and support them. To provide a supportive, nurturing yet challenging environment for Black playwrights has been our objective since Year One of the program. Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

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