The Public is currently accepting applications for the initiative that will assist and nurture playwrights in the early stages of their careers by providing resources and support. The Emerging Writers Group is the first program in the Public Writers Initiative, which is described as a long-term program providing key support to writers in all stages of their careers.
Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement, "The Public Theater was founded to give a stage for the full diversity of American voices. The Public Writers Initiative will allow us to provide a home to the writers we believe in, and encourage them to address the great issues of the time."
Among the noted playwrights who have seen their works developed at the Public are John Guare, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Rabe, Christopher Durang, Wallace Shawn, Ntozake Shange, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner and Nilo Cruz. The Public has also produced such plays and musicals as Hair; Sticks and Bones; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf; The Colored Museum; Topdog/Underdog; Caroline, Or Change; and A Chorus Line.
The Public will select 12-15 emerging writers as part of an open application process to join the Emerging Writers Group for one year. In addition to receiving a $3,000 stipend, the playwrights will participate in a biweekly writers group helmed by the Public's Literary Department and master classes with established playwrights. Participants will also observe or assist playwrights in rehearsal for production at the Public. The Public staff and various successful writers will provide developmental and artistic support. The Emerging Writers will also present their works in at least one reading at The Public. They will receive complimentary tickets to Public performances as well as supplemental stipends for tickets to productions at other theatres.
Visit www.publictheater.org/artists/emergingwriters.php for application guidelines. The application deadline is Aug. 31.