Catskills Creative Residency for Playwrights | Upstate NY | Due June 21 2023

Catskills Creative Residency for Playwrights | Upstate NY | Due June 21 2023

Catskills Creative Residency

The Catskills Creative Residency invites two playwrights for a fully funded week-long stay in the Sullivan County Catskills of upstate New York. The residency includes accommodations in a lovely two-bedroom home. Each playwright receives a $200 travel & food stipend. Playwrights collaborate with director Eugenia Manwelyan and Catskills-based actors to workshop their plays. The residency culminates in a works-in-progress performance at the historic Tusten Theater in Narrowsburg, NY.

Upcoming Residency: October 15-22, 2023

Apply for the Catskills Creative Residency by June 1, 2023

Open Call for Catskills Creative Residency 2023

Arts & Ecology Incorporated is issuing an open call for playwrights to submit an excerpt of an as-yet unfinished or not yet finalized new work. Full plays or excerpts of any genre are welcome and must be between 20 and 30 minutes/pages in length. (Please note that we are unable to work with musical-based and non-English works at this time.)

The two selected plays or play excerpts are rehearsed by local actors prior to the playwrights’ arrival in the Catskills, and presented to the playwrights at the start of the week-long residency. Over the course the of the residency, the playwrights work with the local actors and director to refine their work, experiment with staging, and iterate the script. Open rehearsals and a community dinner will connect the playwrights with the talented theater-makers working in the Catskills.

The residency culminates in a works-in-progress performance at which the two plays/play excerpts are presented as semi-blocked staged readings, followed by a conversation with the audience.

Please consider that we seek to support artists that further our mission to engage critically with the intersection of nature and culture. We do interpret this mission broadly, we understand that creative projects need not speak to these issues literally or directly, and there is no thematic limitation to submissions.

Residency Schedule  

October 15-22, 2023

Sunday, October 15

  • Arrivals and introductions 

Monday, October 16

  • Actors present the rehearsed pieces to the playwrights

Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, October 19

  • Playwrights refine their work, and each has their own stand-alone work session with the director and actors

Friday, October 20

  • Community Dinner with Catskills-based theater makers and producers

Saturday, October 21

  • Matinee performance and facilitated discussion between the audience, playwrights, director, and performers

Sunday, October 22

  • Departure

Apply for the Catskills Creative Residency by June 1, 2023

Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years of age by October 1, 2023.

Deadline to Apply: 11:59pm ET on June 1, 2023

Stipend: Each playwright-in-residence receives a $200 stipend upon arrival at the residency.

Accommodations: The two selected playwrights-in-residence share accommodations in a lovely spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom fully furnished house located in Livingston Manor, NY.

Transportation: Playwrights are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the residency. Public transportation is available via the Shortline Bus from Port Authority in New York City to Monticello, NY. Transportation during the residency can be arranged if the playwright-in-residence does not have a personal vehicle.

Submission Details:

  • As you are not able to save your work on the form prior to submitting, we encourage you to write your answers in a separate document and paste them into the form once you are ready.

  • This residency is designed to help playwrights move their works further toward completion. Therefore, the script that you submit for consideration should not be complete and finalized, but should be ready for a director and actors to work with and stage.

  • Feel free to contact us with any questions.