Through a combination of personalized dramaturgy, group workshops, and professional development classes, Company One Theatre’s PlayLab is an incubator of new work for writers of varied experience levels and backgrounds. The program aims to provide professional and artistic development that aligns with C1’s mission of nurturing civically-engaged artists and creating a more equitable city.
Over the past six years, Company One's PlayLab has, through various iterations, supported and developed the work of over 45 playwrights. We are looking for writers whose work is not only ready for rigorous one-on-one development, but also for those who are committed to engaging in conversations about today’s political and social climate. This program aims to support writers as they navigate the professional theatre scene both locally and nationally.
The newly created C1 PlayLab Pao Fellowship is designed to support an experienced Boston-area playwright of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander heritage (as defined by the applicant). The Pao Fellowship is supported by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and Pao Arts Center in collaboration with Company One Theatre.
Company One mission: https://companyone.org/about-usBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) mission: https://bcnc.net/about-us/Pao Arts Center mission: https://bcnc.net/pao/
The Pao Fellowship is open to playwrights who identify with Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander heritage, as defined by the applicant.
We seek experienced writers in the Greater Boston area, aged 18 or older, of any gender expression. We seek writers who connect with the missions of the collaborating sponsoring organizations, and who may not have had access to the kinds of residencies or fellowships available to artists further along in their careers.
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 regular one-on-one meetings with C1's dramaturgy staff, with dates to be set after the selection process.
1. A $5000 stipend paid directly to the playwright
2. A series of personalized play development sessions with Company One dramaturgs and Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge.
3. One-on-one professional development office hours with Ilana Brownstein (Director of New Work), Kirsten Greenidge (Playwright/Artist in Residence), and Company One resident dramaturgs.
4. A public reading of the Pao Fellow's play-in-process at the Pao Arts Center
5. Shadowing of C1 staff to learn about various aspects of professional theatre administration.
6. 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 25, 2018, 11:59PM EST.
This application form will ask for the following:- Your contact info- Your connection to Boston- Your relationship to AAPI heritage- Links to your online presence, if any- A full-length 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 the Pao Fellowship is a good fit for you at this moment- Your interest in shadowing members of the C1 staff