National Playwright Residency Program


a map of locations across the US where the playwright residencies take place.

Residency Goals


Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered in partnership with HowlRound, the playwright residencies have four main goals:

  1. To advance the state of playwrights in the American theatre by providing them with space, time, and resources.
  2. To influence the working environment of theatres by embedding playwrights in them.
  3. To help the field (including other funders) understand the value of embedding playwrights in theatres.
  4. To work toward an ideal of having writers become salaried employees of all theatres.

Program Description
Eighteen playwrights are salaried staff members in residence for three years at seventeen theatres in thirteen cities. The Residency cohorts are as follows:

The playwrights and theatres have been documenting their experiences throughout the program

Cohort 3: 2019-2022

Additional playwrights and theatres will join this cohort in the summer of 2020. Stay tuned for an announcement of the open application process, coming this summer!

Cohort 2: 2016-2019

In 2017, Holly Sidford and Alexis Frasz of Helicon Collaborative conducted an assessment of Round One of the National Playwright Residency Program.