Artist Commission



Are you interested in writing a play about the American Jewish experience?

Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) and Brooklyn Jews, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, are looking to co-commission an emerging playwright to write a new play that addresses, illuminates and wrestles with some aspect of the American Jewish experience. This commission seeks to create a new piece of theater that will ignite dialogue and spur community-building around the complexity of being Jewish in America.

The playwright will receive $7500 for this commission (payable on a schedule to be determined), along with two guaranteed readings – currently intended to be presented by CBE and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  While all are welcome to apply, this opportunity is intended for early-career artists who might significantly benefit from the financial support and artistic guidance but are pursuing a full time career as a dramatic writer.  No level of fluency in Hebrew, religious text, denomination or observance is required.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
The playwright will be selected by a panel of theater professionals It is intended that the selected playwright will be notified by early April, with a completion deadline of Spring 2020.

Please email your resume, writing sample (20 pages of a recent script), and answers to the following questions to by February 15:

  1. Describe the play you intend to write.

  2. Artistic Statement: Why are you interested in writing a play about the American Jewish experience?  How does this project speak to your particular artistic vision and perspective?

  3. Describe any commitments over the next year which may impact your ability to write and develop a new play.