Huntington Theatre Company is now accepting applications for the 2011-2013 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPFs). Huntington Playwriting Fellows have a home at the Huntington with two-year residencies during which they participate in a writers’ collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground reading series, and receive a modest stipend. The HPF program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.
The Huntington is interested in fostering artistic relationships with local playwrights at all stages of their careers, from emerging talents to established professionals. The HPF program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. It 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.
“I love being a Huntington Playwriting Fellow,” says Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro. “There’s a forty-year age span in our small group and an exciting range of styles and subject matter. Our bi-weekly discussions, under the sharp and genial direction of Lisa Timmel and Charles Haugland, are lively, helpful, and fun. I’ve never worked harder.”
|Jason Dirden and Nikkole Salter in HPF Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly|
Many past HPFs have been produced by the Huntington including Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), Ronan Noone (The Atheist, Brendan), Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Rebekah Maggor (Shakespeare’s Actresses in America), and Sinan Unel (The Cry of the Reed). Ryan Landry’s Psyched will be produced as part of 2011’s Emerging America Festival. The Huntington’s 2011-2012 Season will include The Luck of the Irish, a compelling play about the “ghost-buying” of houses in segregated neighborhoods by white families on behalf of black ones, by HPF Kirsten Greenidge and Before I Leave You, a love story for grownups set in Harvard Square, by HPF Alfaro.
Application information and residency guidelines can be found online at huntingtontheatre.org/HPF. Applications will be accepted through May 18, 2011.