Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Kavanaugh Hearing: A View of Entitled Lying

In one afternoon testimony, Justice Kavanaugh lied about:
- devil's triangle
- boffing
- what he meant by Renate alum
- his drinking pal Mark Judge and what he meant when he named a black-out drunk character "Kavanaugh."
- the "fact" that he didn't watch Ford's testimony (he did)
- about how going to church is like brushing his teeth
- about the level of his drinking and coherence.
- about his perfect memory when drinking and how he never abused alcohol or loses control...while screaming his testimony.
- about why Mark Judge doesn't need to testify.

Now, each one of these lies by themselves means very little. But taken together, it shows an officer of the court who lies easily, fluidly, without hesitation. Behind a veil of tears, he lies about sex, drinking, his friends, his positions on women's rights, his understanding of many laws, the potential of impeachment. He lies about big things, small personal details, and philosophical points. Each time he commits one of these acts it's cloaked with entitlement and indignation. He lies so easily because it's a habit. He lies with a passionate fury because his appetites are more important than his ethics.

These are the lies in one afternoon that show he doesn't have the ethics for the high court. And his sneering delivery shows he doesn't have the temperament. All he really has is the right skin color, country club, and sense of entitlement. And that might be enough.

The guilt-est guy I ever met reacted in this exact Kavanaugh way when confronted with FACTS of his harassment and abuse: crying, yelling, raging, disbelief that he was being called out for his behavior, repeatedly saying over and over again 'is this really happening?' This took place over 2 HOURS. Non-stop tears, red-faced indignation, casting the blame on other people, never admitting to even one single fact. And when I asked him about more accusations, it became personal: I was evil if I didn't believe him. I had to pick a side. This is what a predator does and I have witnessed this firsthand, face-to-face. They use their emotions to bully. They are not humble. They will never admit to one, single fact. Not even the dates or times. Just like Cosby. Just like Weinstein. Just like Trump. They will deny the existence of the 'sun' and tell you that you're evil if you try to look out the window to verify their claim. They want your obedience, not questions. They don't seek the truth, but unquestioned loyalty. It is the cult of #malefragility, #whitefragility and the GOP.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get What You Want: September 2018

Inside Out Art Museum Residency in Beijing
Deadline: September 1st

China Residencies and the Inside-Out Art Museum Residency in Beijing are teaming up to invite artists and researchers to apply for three-month residencies this winter. Artists and researchers working in any medium who are concerned with history, politics, and society are invited to apply. We welcome in-depth proposals concerned with contemporary localities and realities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the greater Chinese diaspora worldwide.

Applicants are welcome to draw on art in the socio-political and historical context of the Greater China region, and are encouraged to propose research topics based on their own intellectual and artistic approaches. We are particularly interested in proposals that look into specific periods of time in China’s contemporary art history, including subcurrents in art that are relevant to critical issues in today's societies and policies, as well as all cultural and artistic topics that remain undiscussed or under-discussed.

The selected projects are expected to begin in December 2018 and to complete by the end of February 2019. Dates are flexible, applicants will need to provide tentative timelines for their proposed project. Apply online before September 1st 2018. Finalists will be notified by September 15th and the selected resident will be announced on October 1st.

The Locality/Reality Residency covers:

Housing and workspace in loft studio at the Inside Out Museum (two bedrooms upstairs and a large studio on the first floor)

Round trip travel to Beijing

Research Stipend

Airport pickup, welcome dinner

Optional artist talk or workshop & open studio

Project support from the Inside-Out and China Residencies teams

Individuals and duos from all nationalities are encouraged to apply, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. This is a wide open call, with no restrictions based on age, gender identity, medium, educational background, or any other criteria. Project proposals will be evaluated based on their feasibility and thoroughness by a jury composed of Inside Out Museum curator Su Wei, Inside Out Art Museum Residency Director Yang Tiange, China Residencies co-founder & director Kira Simon-Kennedy, and China Residencies head of research Josue Chavez.

Deadline: September 1st

Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long “GameChanger Ideas Festival” is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays exploring the question: What happened to the American dream?

Theatre has had a long history of examining the American dream: whether through Arthur Miller’s cutting critique in Death of a Salesman, August Wilson’s poetic and revelatory Pittsburgh Cycle, the modernist anxiety of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Suzan-Lori Park’s “Rep and Rev” of The America Play, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s re-envisioning of the Founding Fathers as played by actors of color in Hamilton, the theatre has always been a forum for exploring the possibilities, anxieties, limitations, and opportunities afforded to people pursuing the American dream.

“Man cannot live without hope. If it is not engendered by his own convictions and desires, it can easily be fired from without, and by the most meretricious and empty of promises.” Eleanor Roosevelt, April 1961, The Atlantic, “What Has Happened to the American Dream?”

Americans find themselves at a crossroads politically, socially, economically. Simultaneously more connected than ever before, and more estranged and dispossessed. In an era of fake news, of foreign governments attacking our social media outlets, what are our convictions and desires? What feelings do those convictions and desires engender, if not hope? Are we living without hope? Are we being fired upon by meretricious and empty promises?

The American Dream means many different things to many different people. Is the American Dream the spread of democracy across the world? Is it the Jeffersonian concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is it the promise of upward economic and social mobility?

BSC Theatre seeks brand new ten-minute plays that engage with the question of the American Dream, construed broadly. Plays may be written in any style, set in any time, and may use as many or as few characters as the author wishes.

BSC Theatre seeks only brand new, never before produced plays, outside of readings, workshops, and/or festivals. Plays should be no more than ten pages long (exclusive of cover page/dramatis personae), following traditional playwriting format. Plays will be entered into consideration for production during BSC Theatre’s annual Short Play Festival in May 2019. If selected for performance, authors agree to provide BSC with performance rights for the duration of the Short Play Festival.

Selection of scripts for performance will be at the discretion of a coalition of academics, theatre artists, and representatives from HumanitiesND.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Danny Devlin, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bismarck State College at or 701-224-5530

NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) Grants
Deadline: September 6th

As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations working in all creative disciplines across the United States and Puerto Rico. Grants will support projects taking place in 2019, and applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018. The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). To date, NALAC has awarded over 500 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.5 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.

How to Apply
To read the fine print and get started, click on the menu to the right to download the grant guidelines for Latinx Artists/Ensembles or Latinx Arts Organizations. The menu also has a link to purchase a membership for your application, download the budget form, and access the online application.

For inspiration and a look at projects supported in the most recent grant cycle, view this downloadable publication.

Grant Categories for Latinx Artists
$5,000   NFA Artist Grant

$5,400   NFA San Antonio Artist Grant

$10,000 Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film [Emerging Filmmakers]

$25,000 Mentorship Award

Jan Michalski Foundation Residency
Deadline: Sept. 9th

The Foundation features an original group of seven residential modules that are available to writers, translators, and other creative individuals for residencies of varying lengths. Hanging from the openwork canopy surrounding the Foundation, these living spaces are called “treehouses” and offer ideal conditions to anyone looking to start, continue, or put the final touches on a writing or translating project.

Residences are open to all types of writing. Priority is given to writers and translators but the residences are open to other disciplines where writing is at the heart of the project. Residencies can be granted for individual projects or projects in pairs.

Residents are allocated one of the seven ‘Treehouses’ for as long as they need to complete their writing project. This ‘Treehouse’ allows them to live independently. For projects in pairs, a separate Treehouse will be assigned to each of the selected candidates.

We have one Treehouse available for people with reduced mobility. Please specify any reduced mobility needs in the ‘comments’ box in the ‘your stay’ section of the application form.

Residents’ travel costs to and from their home address will be covered by the Foundation.

Residents are granted a monthly allowance of CHF 1200.

The Foundation provides breakfast and lunch for residents and the village has a small grocery shop.

Electric bikes are available for residents.

Montricher train station, with regular connections to Morges, is situated two kilometers from the Foundation.

Residents have free access to the library during the day.

Residents are free to participate in cultural activities organized by the Foundation.

Deadline: September 7th

Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10-minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York-based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.
9/23/18 from 1-4pm
9/30/19 from 1-4pm
10/7/18 from 1-4pm
Staged reading date: 10/25/18 from 6-10pm

Submission Guidelines
There is no fee to submit or to participate. Please submit a resume, a 10-minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 09/10/18. Submission deadline is September 7, 2018.

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard Fellowship (playwrights, poets, fiction writers can apply)
Deadline: September 13th

Radcliffe Institute is accepting fellowship applications from the creative arts until September 14th. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Stipends are funded up to US$77,000 with additional funds for project expenses. Stipends are funded up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. We work with fellows who have families to help with relocation issues for a smooth transition.

Each of the more than 850 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.

Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:

Applications related to the theme of citizenship—local, national, and global—which is a two-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute
Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe’s unique history
Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history

Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year. Visual artists and film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $37,500. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

Rough Draft Festival
Deadline: September 13th (brochure says Sept 18th)

Rough Draft Festival is a one of a kind series curated by  LPAC's Associate Director Handan Ozbilgin. As a window into the creative process, The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. RD features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development all striving towards a finished product.  Each year we push the boundaries of theater presenting pieces that give a voice to meaningful works. #IAMARoughDraft

RDF is a 2-weeks spring arts festival that allows a playwright and director to put a full play up on its feet. You get 20 hrs of rehearsal space and 8 hours of tech (with a crew), along with 3 shows at LPAC. Up to $3,000 in funding is provided to shows with a detailed budget. Check the website for details.

Women's Project Theatre: Trans lab
Deadline: September 14th

Trans Lab is looking for six trans or gnc theater artists who crave creative and professional support to join the 2019 lab! Trans Lab Fellowship is a year-long program devoted to supporting the development of early career trans and gender nonconforming theater artists. Supported by WP Theater and the Public Theater, the Lab provides up to 6 artists with community, professional development, connections to a professional network, support developing a new work and a showcase for the work they develop.


Must be a trans or gnc artist who creates theater work as a writer, director, deviser, or solo performer. Must be prepared to create and develop a new work in the lab.
Must be early career or emerging.
Must be able to attend evening meetings in New York City at the Public Theater or WP Theater once a month for 2019.
Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a year-long commitment.
Must not be a student enrolled in a degree-granting program.
Must be over 21.
Must be available for an in-person interview.

Receive a stipend.
Develop a new work over the course of the year.
Participate in a monthly lab meeting for sharing work and meeting industry professionals.
Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the other lab members, alumni and facilitators.
Participate in a showcase in December to showcase the work they have created.

A work sample either written, video, or photography. If written please submit a ten-page sample of a longer work as well as the longer work. If video please do not exceed 2.5 minutes. If photography please send 5-15 images with accompanying descriptions.
An artistic statement of no more than 500 words responding to the question: Why do you want to be part of Trans Lab this year? Please elaborate on why this program is a good match for you as an artist and why it is right for where you are in your career now. Responses can also be a recorded video statement of no more than 2.5 minutes.
A resume of past work.
Apply here. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  If you have specific questions, please email No phone calls please.

SPIN Artist Residency
Deadline: September 15th

The SPiN Artist Residency at Pikes Ibiza is a true art escape with the foresight to engage in creating a better World through art. Without the pressures from normal daily life, the attending artists will engage in progressive ideas, take risks and have mutual dialogue with other international artists. The residency accepts all forms of artistic approaches including, writers, painters, sketch artists, print makers, photographers, filmmakers, sound artists, new media artists, sculptors, graphic designers etc.

Approximately 25 artists will be in residence during each term. Pikes strives to have an equal mix of emerging and established artists working together.

Emerging Artist:  Open to any age over 18. Artists should have completed a B.F.A. or M.F.A. program who seek to build upon their confidence in the early stages of their career. You might not have had a major exhibition but you are on your way.  Your artistic journey will be greatly aided by working in this creative communal environment and three weeks of time to focus on your art.

Established Artist: Open to any age over 18. Established visual artists that have preferably ten years or more of studio practice with major exhibitions under their belt and who has work placed in collections or museums. Our residency also welcomes established artists that teach in respected art colleges and universities.

Important Dates for the autumn Artists Residency

September 15, 2018: Online application submittal deadline
September 25, 2018: Notification to applicants/recipients

Fall 2018 residence: November 12-December 2


Housing: Each of Pikes 25 eclectic rooms are vastly different. Each one a story. Your story is next. You will have a shared or private room and will be given all the comforts of home. There are many nooks and crannies throughout Pikes, indoor and outdoor lounge areas with WiFi. This housing will be available only during the dates of the residency. Early arrivals and late departures are not permitted. Cleaning of the rooms and changing of the linens/sheets will be provided every week, by hotel staff. Residents are required to leave the accommodations in the same condition as when they arrived.

In the middle of the term we will inspect the rooms during cleaning and a final inspection will happen before checkout. Only pencil sketching on pads is allowed in any of the hotel rooms. No painting or any other art medium is allowed in the rooms.

Meals: There will be one buffet Breakfast every morning at the residency and then a bar for other pre-made salads, sandwiches and drinks for purchase throughout the day. All other meals are the responsibility of the resident. Each room will have a small refrigerator for residence to use, however no cooking is allowed in the rooms. No kitchenware, i.e. cups, plates or utensils leave the dining areas.

MacDowell Colony
Deadline: Sept 15th

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, ARC, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified. The Colony offers barrier-free access in all main buildings and some studios.

Playwrights First
Deadline: September 15th

Playwrights First consists of a panel of judges looking for original unproduced plays with a unique point of view, founded by Carolyn French.
Requires one, original, unproduced play in English. Hard copies no longer accepted. No adaptations, translations, or musicals will be accepted. Include a summary of your playwriting history with your play.  $1,000 grant and a professional reading when feasible.

New Harmony Project: Parent Residency Program
Deadline: September 15th

The New Harmony Project is pleased to extend its commitment to parent writers through generous support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation. Parent artists face a unique set of challenges, and The New Harmony Project is proud to launch a flexible residency program, designed to address each artist's individual circumstances.

Selected writers will receive:

A one-week residency in historic New Harmony, Indiana
Round-trip transportation to/from New Harmony
A daily meal stipend
Private housing
An additional flex stipend to support family travel, childcare, family meals, etc.
To be considered, please complete the brief application by September 14, 2018. Selected writers will be notified in late September, and scheduled for the fall and winter of 2018/19. The New Harmony Project wants to emphasize that flexibility is a key tenant of this program, and encourages any interested writer to apply without reservation. 


You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please be patient. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to accept changes or revisions. Again, thank you for your interest in The New Harmony Project.

Princeton Arts Fellow
Deadline: September 18th

Princeton University invites applications for Princeton Arts Fellows.

Princeton Arts Fellows, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching.

We will be accepting applications in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists -- this list is not meant to be exhaustive -- who would find it beneficial to spend two years working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Fellowships are for two 10-month academic years. An $82,000 salary for each year is included. Fellows will be in residence for academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 at Princeton, interacting with our students, faculty and staff as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but Fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

Princeton Arts Fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions at other institutions for the duration of the fellowship.

Interviews of finalists will take place on campus during January 7-8, 2019. All finalists are expected to attend the on-campus interview.

While Fellows need not reside in Princeton, they will be required to spend a significant part of the week on campus.

This Fellowship cannot be used to fund work leading to a Ph.D. or any other advanced degree. Holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

Please apply at: by September 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST. Please note: The application will be available starting July 1, 2018. All applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references. In addition, work samples should be submitted online (i.e., a writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.)

Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a lifetime.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. Statements are limited to 500 words and writing samples to 3,000 words.

Selection will be based on artistic achievement; the potential for excellent teaching; and the likelihood of significant contributions to the artistic life of the Princeton community. Appointments will be made at the rank of lecturer. 

Advanced degree preferred. 

To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.):

Hodder Fellowship
Deadline: September 18th

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2019-2020 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $82,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Applicants must apply online at  Applications must be submitted by September 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 words.

Composers, Performing Artists, and Visual Artists:
Please submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc. Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images organized into a single PDF file and submit as part of their online application. Composers may send 1-2 scores as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application and/or supply a link to a website.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. Limits on the statement size (500 words) and sample size (3,000 words) are strict.

The appointment of the Hodder Fellows will be made in early 2019. An announcement of the award will be posted here: To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.):

Brooklyn Arts Fund
Deadline: September 20th

The Brooklyn Arts Fund aims to cultivate Brooklyn’s artists, arts organizations, and audiences through its support of performances, exhibitions, pop-up galleries, workshops, reading series, festivals, public art and more, all across the borough. This program is appropriate for arts and culture makers developing projects that contribute to the rich creative experiences that engage audiences all across the borough. Competitive applicants will clearly identify the audience they strive to reach, and articulate how the project’s outcome(s) will impact the cultural life of the borough. 

This program is appropriate for arts and culture makers developing projects that contribute to the rich creative experiences that engage audiences all across the borough. Competitive applicants will clearly identify the audience they strive to reach and articulate how the project’s outcome(s) will impact the cultural life of the borough. Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations and individual artists with Brooklyn residency may apply directly to this program. Program areas of funding include: dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts literary arts, multi-disciplinary projects, music/opera, theater/musical theater, performing arts community education and visual arts/crafts.

Funding is made possible through the generous support of the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. Additional support is provided by MetroPlus Health Plan.

*Applicants must download and review all application materials from prior to beginning an application. All applications must be submitted online.
Request: $2,000-$5,000
Applicant eligibility*: Brooklyn-based artists, artist collectives and Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations that do not receive funding directly from DCLA are invited to apply.
Project eligibility*: High-quality local performing, visual, literary, interdisciplinary and/or multi-disciplinary arts projects that engage a diverse array of Brooklyn’s communities. All proposals must show other sources of income for at least 10% of the overall budget.

Visit for complete guidelines and a downloadable PDF of application questions, for your reference. In order to apply, you will need to scroll down and create an account with Submittable.

Cullman Fellowship
Deadline: September 29th

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate fellowship stipends for fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

Notification: March 2018
Award Period: September 4, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Stipend: $70,000

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting
Deadline: September 30th (or the first 500 scripts)

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition. The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend the CityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).

The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.

Submissions Rules and Information
City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Deadline: September 30th

Beginning September 1, PlayPenn will be accepting applications for its 2019 new play development conference; we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration.  Application materials will be accepted between September 1 and September 30, 2018.

The 2019 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 9-28, 2019 at The Drake Theatre. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20-day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write. The work will begin with a three-day roundtable (July 9-11) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. The conference includes two public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of the work accomplished and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead.  PlayPenn will provide travel for casting, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We work to avoid participation in what has become known as “development hell” by placing authority in the hands of the playwright and fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is encouraged and provided.

To that end, we focus on the needs of the text. The public Conference readings are intended to present a glimpse into how the text lives off the page rather than how the play might be augmented or staged in production.

New Harmony Project: 2019 Conference
Deadline: October 1st

The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays through October 1, 2018. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

Please complete the form below and submit the following materials for consideration for The New Harmony Project's 2019 Conference:

Statement of artistic purpose - A brief history of the script and what you hope to accomplish with the support of The New Harmony Project

Ten-page excerpt - A ten-page excerpt that you feel demonstrates the strength and potential of the script. Due to the number of applications received, our initial review of your application will focus on these ten pages.

Full script - The New Harmony Project welcomes applications at all stages of creative process, so please include a copy of the full script in its current form.

Musical sample (if applicable) - If you are applying with a musical, please include a 3-5 minute audio sample.

Resumé - Please include a copy of your resumé.
You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please be patient. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes.

If you have any questions, please email (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

UCROSS Foundation
Deadline: October 1st

Artists, writers and composers from around the United States and the world, in all stages of their professional careers, are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects. Fellows are chosen by a panel of professionals in the arts and humanities in a highly competitive application process.  The quality of an applicant's work is given primary consideration.  Final invitations for residencies are extended at the discretion of the Ucross Foundation.

Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work you propose to do while in residence. An applicant's work sample is the most significant feature of his or her application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, i.e., the various genres interconnect, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary discipline and submit a work sample and project description, which emphasizes this single discipline. Competition for residencies varies seasonally and with the number of applications.

WORK SAMPLE: should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Writing samples should be double-spaced and include your full name. Appropriate samples are as follows:

PLAYWRITING: one complete play*

SCREENWRITING: one complete screenplay*

*Documentation of a production may be included in addition.

Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation 
Deadline: October 7 (deadline unclear on website)

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging
musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in
musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving
artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and
advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project. Awards range from $2,500-$15,000.

The O’Neill Center: 2017 National Playwrights Conference
Deadline (window): Sept 12th- Oct 13th

The National Playwrights Conference strives to create a supportive environment that empowers playwrights to their own process and to experience the play with a professional company.

In the years since its inception, the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays.  During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O'Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals.

Each year NPC accepts scripts from any playwright for consideration in its summer landmark event, and takes this solicitation and selection process very seriously. We do not require an agent or nomination to apply, simply the right to work in the United States.
The O'Neill typically receives approximately 1,000 scripts during this month-long window. The plays are sent to readers across the country; the work is read blindly and narrowed down into a semi-finalist pool and then a finalist pool. This process is maintained by our on-site literary office and is monitored carefully.

You must be 18 years of age and have the right to work within the United States.
The play must not have had a professional production, or be scheduled to have a professional production, prior to August 2018. A professional production means that the artists working on the show were compensated for their time, and that all of the theatrical elements one hopes to see in a production were present.

You may submit one original or adapted work, providing that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing, and a copy of the release is sent along with the script.
We develop all genres and styles of drama, including one-acts and solo pieces.  NPC does not develop music theater works, though you may submit such work to the National Music Theater Conference.

While we accept work that has been submitted to NPC in previous years, we recommend that you share new work with us each year. Only complete applications will be accepted, whether in hard copy or electronic form.

Great Plains Theatre Conference
deadline: October 15th

The Great Plains Theatre Conference provides opportunities for participants to interact with and have their work seen by a host of national theatre professionals and scholars.

Theatre WorkShops, Luncheon Panels and daily PlayLab and MainStage Series readings comprise the foundation of the Conference.
Dramaturgy is provided by national dramaturg for each playwright, to providing support before, during and after the Conference
PlayFest is an evening theatre festival for the community and seeks to give voice to the stories that have the power to unite and inspire diverse audiences.

Design Wing brings five emerging designers from across the country to become immersed in the play development from a visual perspective.
Young Dramatists Fellowship Program provides local high school playwrights with access to some of the country’s top plays and playwrights.
GPTC invites and welcomes a number of distinguished and nationally known playwrights, directors and actors each year. These guest artists are in place to nurture and mentor new and emerging playwrights and Conference attendees through various workshops, MainStage and PlayLab feedback sessions and seminars. Each year, the Conference also hosts an honored playwright who is featured throughout the week and recognized for their body of work during PlayFest.

The submission period may close prior to October 15th if the submission limit of 1000 plays is reached.   Check back here for updates on the number of submissions received to-date.

Twenty plays will be selected for PlayLabs.

All playwrights who are selected will receive a $500 stipend, travel/airfare to Omaha, eight nights lodging, daily breakfast/lunch, and select evening meals. Playwrights whose scripts are chosen must agree to attend the entire conference (May 27 – June 2), work with local actors and directors, and lend full support to other playwrights throughout the Conference week.


GPTC will consider both full length and one act scripts that are at least twenty pages in length.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of ONE script. Scripts submitted in previous years and not chosen may be submitted again for consideration.

Plays that have received an Equity production, plays for young audiences, and musicals will not be considered. Equity showcase productions are acceptable, as well as adaptations.

Acceptable formats for submission are .doc or .pdf .  To gauge runtime, the standard font size of 12 points is suggested; the left margin should be 1.5 inches and top and bottom margins 1 inch.

What we need:

One file with NO personal identifying information that includes:
Play name
Cast list
Short synopsis (1-2 sentences)
Your play
One file with a title page that includes your name, address, phone number and email.
A payment of $10 to offset the cost of selection panel readers.
Your play cannot be processed until we receive payment.  Payment can be made via credit card (through Paypal) or by check.  A link to payment information will be provided for you in a popup window after your play is submitted.  You will also receive a confirmation email from us (be sure to check your junk mail folder if you do not receive an email in your inbox).

MADE IN NYC Women's Film, TV, and Theatre Fund 
Deadline: October 16th

“Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund are open!

This first-of-its-kind fund is designed to encourage and support the creation of film, television, digital content and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of women or female-identifying individuals. It is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and is administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Application and guidelines can be found at Creators have until October 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m. to apply. We can’t wait to see your submission.

Recipients will be selected from the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

-Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) – $50,000
-Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) – $25,000
-Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) – $20,000
-Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) – $50,000
-Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) – $25,000
-Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) – $20,000
-Theatre Production – $50,000

The “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund is a centerpiece of a groundbreaking series of initiatives by MOME to address the underrepresentation of women or female-identifying individuals in film, television, and theatre. This is the first round in this multi-year program.

Recipients will be notified in February, 2019. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2020.

ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
deadline: November 16th

We are looking at the process and relationships of socially engaged art projects.

We see the aesthetic qualities of socially engaged art here—in how alliances are formed and maintained, the way disparate stakeholder groups are coordinated, how power dynamics are navigated, and how bridges are built between many different types of people in a socially engaged art project.

We create content that illuminates and deepens understanding of these relationships. A primary goal of ABOG is to make the “invisible” parts of socially engaged art visible. We do this through documentary films and field research that are artist-led, and are grounded in the perspective of project participants, as well as publications, web content, and public programming.

We also use this focus on process and relationships to advocate for a more expanded sense of what art is, how artists can work in communities, and how art might be integrated into everyday life. Our field research, documentary films, and other content serve as the basis for curriculum, toolkits, and consulting that enable more artists to work in partnership with non-artist stakeholders.

The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST)

Fellowship projects become the focus of:
A short, engaging documentary film directed and produced by RAVA Films
Field research that utilizes action research methodology
Web content and public programs
A biennial publication
Curriculum and advocacy that advance the field of socially engaged art
Two dedicated opportunities to engage a cohort of peer artists

To realize this partnership, artists receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support.

Issue-Based Fellowships
ABOG-David Rockefeller Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice

This fellowship examines the transformational roles artists play in a criminal justice context.
Applicants working in criminal justice are automatically considered.

ABOG Fellowship for Contemplative Practice, in partnership with the Hemera Foundation

This fellowship supports artists who work with the intersection of social practice and contemplative practice.
Applicants who would like to be considered will be asked to answer two supplementary questions in the online submission form. Click here to learn more and read FAQs.