Each season, we provide mentorship opportunities for emerging playwrights to practice and enhance their craft while actively engaging with our mainstage programming. The Unit Cohort meets monthly as a group with our Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge, during which they present and develop a writing project of their choice, learn best practices for giving and receiving feedback, and more. Ideal for writers looking to enhance their understanding of the craft of playwriting in a supportive lab-style setting.
Company One's Mission: https://companyone.org/about-us
Members of the Unit will be selected by application, with preference given to dedicated early-career writers — any age (18+), and any gender expression welcome. We seek Boston-area writers of diverse backgrounds who connect with C1's mission, and who may not have had access to the kinds of residencies or fellowships available to artists further along in their careers. While Unit applicants do not need extensive professional experience, we are looking for writers who are driven, passionate, dedicated to actively growing their craft, and possess a generous, collaborative spirit.
We are not able to accept applications from current college students, or from playwrights currently enrolled in graduate theatre programs. Writers must be able to attend 3 matinee performances of C1 productions, as well as meetings between January and August — a consistent meeting date will be decided by the Cohort after the selection process, but will most likely be a Saturday morning or Thursday evening.
PROGRAM COST: $200Scholarships are available.
1. Monthly meetings, during which writers:• Present and develop a writing project of their choice that is aligned with Company One’s mission• Enhance their understanding of the craft of playwriting through active discussion and hands-on writing exercises• Learn best practices for dramaturgical feedback, and how to provide that support to fellow writers
2. One-on-one office hours with Ilana Brownstein (Director of New Work), Kirsten Greenidge (Playwright/Artist in Residence), and Company One resident dramaturgs.
3. Shadowing of C1 staff to learn about various aspects of professional theatre administration.
4. Tickets to attend matinees of C1 shows, after which the PlayLab Fellows and Unit Cohorts will participate in on-the-spot responsive writing exercises.
Special additions:• Advance invites to C1 special events: parties, Studio Sessions, post-shows, first rehearsals, and Street Team and Education events.• Invites to special events with C1's affiliate organizations• Access to C1's artists, mission, and production/administrative processes• Connection to PlayLab's extensive network of alumnx artists
Application Materials are due by November 18, 2018, 11:59PM EST.
This application form will ask for the following:- Your contact info- Your connection to Boston- Links to your online presence, if any- A 10-page playwriting sample (more info on page 2 of this application)- A 1-page Artist Statement (more info on page 2 of this application)- A theatre resume or bio- Why C1 is a good fit for you at this moment- Your interest in shadowing members of the C1 staff