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WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
All fellowships have been awarded for the 2018/19 Season, and we are no longer accepting application materials a this time. We anticipate that we will begin accepting submissions for the subsequent season in early January, 2019.
I'M INTERESTED IN MULTIPLE FELLOWSHIPS. CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE?
Applicants are welcome to express interest in more than one fellowship. However, as each one varies a great deal, we find that the most successful applicants are those who are drawn to a specific department.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?
When completing the online application form, applicants are asked to upload a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a supplemental personal statement (if applying for a Multicultural Scholarship). If selected to interview, candidates may be asked to provide writing samples or a portfolio.
Applicants for the Costumes Fellowship are invited to submit photos and/or samples of their work via email to firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting an application.
ARE THE FELLOWSHIPS FULL-TIME?
Fellowships usually begin in either August or September and continue through the production season, concluding the following June.
On average, the Costumes, Casting, Literary, Marketing, and Digital Media Fellows work five days per week during normal business hours (10 AM – 6 PM). When involved with a show, Directing and Stage Management Fellows join the team for the six day rehearsal/performance schedule (usually Tuesday–Sunday). Fellowships in Musical Theater are part-time (two days per week).
IS THERE A STIPEND?
Playwrights Horizons is pleased to offer a $40 daily stipend to help offset the cost of housing and other living expenses. All fellows also receive an unlimited monthly MetroCard. Other benefits include numerous free or discounted tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.
Thanks in part to generous grants from the New York Community Trust’s Van Lier Fellowships, the Tiger Baron Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development Council, we are pleased to offer a limited number of $10,000 scholarships to outstanding applicants of color during the 2018-19 Season. Note that these scholarship funds will be awarded in addition to the fellowship stipend and monthly MetroCard.
Can I do a fellowship and attend college at the same time?
Because our fellowships are primarily full-time and run the duration of our production season, the program is geared towards those who have completed their undergraduate training. If you’re nearing graduation, we encourage you to apply.
Does Playwrights offer fellowships during the summer?
Because our season-length fellowships usually run through June, we do not traditionally offer additional opportunities during the summer months.
CAN I WORK A SECOND JOB TO SUPPORT MYSELF?
It is possible for fellows to find other ways of supporting themselves during their time outside of office hours or their rehearsal schedule. Directing and Stage Management fellowships may allow opportunities for outside work during "off" periods between shows. Consideration should be given to the financial implications of being a full-time fellow.
I'M NOT FROM NEW YORK. WHAT ABOUT HOUSING?
We are unable to provide housing to our fellows.
I'M NOT A US CITIZEN. CAN I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
You do not need to be a US citizen to be a fellow at Playwrights Horizons. However, because the daily stipend is treated as taxable income, you will need to provide a US taxpayer ID.
IS PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?
Prior experience in and knowledge about the theater is encouraged, but more than that we seek fellows who have demonstrated a passion for working in the arts and are at a point in their educations or careers to strongly benefit from this kind of immersive training experience.