The Meadows Prize, which comes with a $25,000 stipend, is administered by Southern Methodist University. The mission of the Meadows Prize is twofold: Not only does it support new work for the theatre, it also details that these funded works have their premiere in Dallas.
Power will participate in two separate, three-week residencies at the Dallas Theater Center in 2011. During that time, he will pen an original work to debut at DTC, which will be developed in workshops and readings later in the fall. DTC aims to stage the world premiere the following season.
The playwright and performer will also work with students at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts and the DTC Acting Company to share his point of view and skills as a contemporary theatre artist.
"The Meadows Prize will allow me to work and teach the crafts of theater, play writing and story-telling to SMU students and to the community. This will allow me to engage the different aspects of who I am - I am passionate about excellence within the community and excellence within the theater," Power said in a statement. "Whenever an artist gets this kind of artistic and financial support, they learn a tremendous amount. I don't know what I'll learn, but I'd like to think I'll be a better artist and a better teacher after going through this process."
Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man was seen at the McCarter Theatre in 2009 under the direction of Des McAnuff and starred Ben Vereen. His works also include Five Fingers of Funk, The Seven and his solo work FLOW.