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WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
We are currently accepting applications for all 2020/21 seasonal fellowships.
March 2, 2020: Applications due for all Directing and Stage Management fellowships.
March 16, 2020: Applications due for all other fellowships.
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 and resume as a single PDF, along with contact information for three references. Those applying for a Multicultural Scholarship are invited to submit a supplemental personal statement. 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, Musical Theater, Marketing, and Digital Media Fellows join their teams five days per week during normal business hours (10AM – 6PM). When involved with a show, Directing and Stage Management Fellows are in residence for the six day rehearsal/performance schedule (usually Tuesday–Sunday). The General Management fellowship is a part-time opportunity (two days per week).
IS THERE A STIPEND?
Playwrights Horizons is pleased to offer a $50 daily stipend to help offset the cost of housing and other living expenses. All Fellows also receive an unlimited monthly MetroCard (a monthly value of $127). Other benefits include numerous free or discounted tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters and additional support for professional development.
We are pleased to offer a limited number of $10,000 scholarships to outstanding applicants of color during the 2020/21 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 or who do not anticipate being enrolled in a full-time educational program during the fellowship. If you’re nearing graduation in spring of 2020, we encourage you to apply. Please note that it is not a prerequisite that our Fellows have earned a bachelor's degree.
Does Playwrights offer fellowships during the summer?
Because our season-length fellowships usually begin as early as August and 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 periods in between production commitments. 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 for our Fellows.
I'M NOT A US CITIZEN. CAN I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
You do not need to be a United States citizen to be a Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. However, because the daily stipend is considered taxable income by the IRS, Fellows must be in possession of 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.