Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Park

The Confluence Regional Writers Project will be produced by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis starting in our 2019 season. Our goal is to further foster a regional culture of playwriting by providing support and inspiration to emerging playwrights in St. Louis and its radiating regions through a Playwriting Fellowship, an Emerging Playwrights Cohort, and new plays commissioned and developed by the Festival.


Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will award three residencies to emerging playwrights who are residents of Missouri or Illinois for their second annual Emerging Playwrights Cohort.

 

Cohort members will commit to:

•  Attend a weekend retreat October 17-20 2019 near St. Louis. Travel to the retreat location will be provided but the Cohort Playwrights will be responsible for their own transportation to St. Louis.
•  Travel to St. Louis for overnights monthly, November 2019 through November 2020, for writing sessions, workshops, and mentorship activities.
•  Complete a full-length play for a public reading in November of 2020. Cohort Playwrights must be available for at least five days during that time for rehearsal and performance of their work.

In return, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will:

•  Pay each member of the cohort a fee of $3,000.
•  Provide mentorship in the form of workshops with guest artists and industry professionals, as well as access to mentors, and dedicated time and space to write together.
•  Provide actors, a director, and rehearsal time for a public reading of the work in St. Louis.

Please note that the Confluence Regional Writers Project is NOT reserved for adaptations of Shakespeare, or work related to Shakespeare. 

Special consideration will be given to playwrights who are interested in doing community-based playwriting based on interviews and research, in the spirit of Cornerstone Theatre, The Civilians, or our own Shakespeare in the Streets

Diversity is one of our leading values, in terms of race, gender identification, age, and relative physical ability. 

To learn more about our first cohort look here.

Applications will include: 
•  A one-page bio telling about your work as a playwright and/or theatre artist 
•  One 10-20 page writing sample. PLEASE, NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THIS DOCUMENT.
•  One-page proposal of the play you are dying to write now. We understand that this may change if you receive the residency.  
•  No screenplays or TV scripts, please.

Questions? Email Confluence Director Nancy Bell at nbell@sfstl.com

To apply, please use this LINK. (MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ONLY)

 SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS September 10, 2019


The Confluence Regional Writers Project is generously funded by Sondra & Dorsey Ellis.