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The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

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About the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

With the support of The New York Community Trust and the Jerome Foundation, the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship was rehomed from the Lark Play Development Center to Rattlestick after its closure. This fellowship provides substantial support to two playwrights of color under 30 each year. Fellows receive a $35,000 living stipend, a $5,000 artistic fund to support career development, mentorship with a veteran playwright, workshops and readings of their work, and participation in Rattlestick’s artistic communities and programming.

In the 2023-2024 cycle, Rattlestick Theater will award two Fellowships. Applications will be accepted through February 6, 2023. Finalists will be notified in spring 2023. The 2023-2024 Fellowship period begins June 1, 2023 and ends May 30, 2024. Applications for the 2023-2024 Fellowship are open NOW!

Our 2022/23 Van Lier Fellows are May Treuhaft-Ali and Minghao Tu. 

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Eligibilty and Expectations
  • The playwright will be 30 and under from June 2023-May 2024.  

  • The playwright must be BIPOC-identified. 

  • The playwright is expected to prioritize the Fellowship, and use it as an opportunity not only to share existing work, but also create new work. 

  • The playwright must reside in, or within 30 mile radius of, New York City. 

  • The playwright is expected to commit a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to research, writing, readings and meetings related to the Fellowship. 

  • The playwright cannot be a student during the duration of the Fellowship. 

  • Priority will be given to applicants who do not have other time-intensive writing commitments during the duration of the Fellowship. 

*Note that each applicant can only submit one application

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