COHESION THEATRE COMPANY
IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

THE PLAYWRIGHTS FELLOWSHIP 2.0

Fred Fletcher-Jackson, Sarah Weissman, Emily Small, and Tatiana Ford in Here Be Dragons by Utkarsh Rajawat, part of the 2017 Playwrights Fellowship.

Fred Fletcher-Jackson, Sarah Weissman, Emily Small, and Tatiana Ford in Here Be Dragons by Utkarsh Rajawat, part of the 2017 Playwrights Fellowship.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S PLAYWRIGHTS FELLOWSHIP HAVE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL THE APPLICANTS. FOR INFORMATION ON FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES WITH COHESION, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

 

Overview:

Cohesion is excited to continue our work with local playwrights to bring new works to area stages.  To that end, we will select two to three local playwrights over the Summer of 2017 for the Fellowship from open submissions, culminating in a workshop series in the second half of the season. Each playwright will be given dramaturgical support throughout the writing and revision process and will be assigned a director. A cast will be assembled as scripts develop.  Cohesion is seeking playwrights with ideas for full length scripts or scripts in very early stages which can be developed throughout the season. The goal is not to have playwrights submit finished plays, but rather to create new ones through the workshopping process. Following is the program each playwright will follow:

September 2017: Initial meeting and brainstorming with dramaturg

November 2017: First private read and feedback with actors and dramaturg

January/February 2018: Second private read and feedback with director, actors, and dramaturg

Late April / early May 2018: Public Showing

The specific dates of reads can be determined by the playwright and dramaturg. This course sets manageable deadlines for the playwright so that multiple drafts can be developed throughout the year. Each reading will have a feedback session, allowing the playwright to hear their work out loud but also hear actors’ perspectives on specific characters.

The public showing will include feedback sessions with audience as well as artists; the playwright is welcome to schedule additional meetings or reads after the public showing, but not required. The public showing includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances, and may be on-book but with developed tech elements.

Submissions Process:

Interested playwrights should submit a script sample equating to approximately 10 minutes of stage time along with a resume and cover letter outlining what the playwright hopes to accomplish as part of the fellowship. The sample can be a 10-minute play or an excerpt from a longer work. Because Cohesion is interested in developing entirely new works throughout the season, this does not need to be an excerpt from the script the playwright is interested in workshopping. Depending on the volume and nature of applicants, Cohesion may request additional material or interviews with playwrights.

Interested directors should follow the submission guidelines for directors outlined on Cohesion’s website: www.cohesiontheatre.org/auditions

Playwriting samples should be submitted to Brad Norris at brad@cohesiontheatre.org no later than July 14, 2017.

Past Fellowship Productions

Cohesion was proud to help develop Porn: A Love Story by Jen Diamond and Here Be Dragons by Utkarsh Rajawat in its 2016/2017 season. 

"Working with Cohesion has been an incredibly fulfilling thing," said Jen Diamond in an interview with DC Metro Theatre Arts. "Having the opportunity to work with these wonderful artists and build relationships within the theatre community of Baltimore is really important to me."

In his interview, Utkarsh Rajawat remarked, "There’s so many things I’m going to be adding and cutting that I figured out solely because of Cohesion’s production of it.