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Playwright Fellowship Program

Fellowship to a Franklin County, Ohio Playwright for the
Commission of an Original, Full-Length Play

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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CATCO and Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC)

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Fellowship of $5,000 to a Franklin County, Ohio playwright for the commission of an original, full-length play that has not been produced to date. The funding is intended to recognize talented theater artists and support new works in the central Ohio community. The plays submitted must have been created within the last three years.

Selection criteria will include originality, likelihood of future productions, clarity of voice and general interest in the subject matter. Collaborative works may be submitted, but only one award is possible. Though not part of the commission, the selected play will be considered for a full production at a future date.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159775

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible an applicant must be a Franklin County resident for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program at the time of application or during the grant award period are not eligible to apply. In addition, musicals or adaptations of other written work will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions for the 2017 Playwright Fellowship program will be accepted through December 30, 2017.

Interested artists are asked to submit a cover letter and the following:
- Breakdown of characters with brief descriptions
- Up to 10 pages of sample dialogue
- Brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the play to be considered
- Cover page that provides the playwright’s name, address and contact information. (Please note: playwright information will not be included during the review process to ensure impartial selection.)

The recipient will be announced March 5, 2018, with a staged reading of the completed work to be produced June 24, 2018.

Collaborating playwrights must submit a joint cover letter and clearly indicate the names of the collaborative writers.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Joseph Bishara, CATCO Associate Producing Director and Playwright Fellowship Coordinator
77 S. High St., 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Franklin County