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Diversity Cohort Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE -- Friday, December 1, 2017



Interested playwrights should review the details below and send an email to referencing "Diversity Cohort Submission" in the subject line. Please include:

  • Your resume
  • A 2-5 page writing sample (verse is NOT necessary for application)
  • A one-paragraph statement outlining your interest in the cohort and the specific diverse voice you would offer.



  • Participating playwrights should be NYC-based or have regular access to attend events in the city.
  • The goal of the Diversity Cohort is to create a sense of community that will foster fantastic conversations and discovery. Cohort playwrights should be enthusiastic about participation in all events outlined in the calendar below.
  • The specific calendar is still being determined, but will include:
    • OPENING EVENT/PARTY in early January
    • FOUR WRITING LABS in January, February, March, and April
    • AT LEAST THREE PUBLIC FORUM EVENTS in January, February, and March
    • 3-4 REHEARSALS in mid-April 
  • In addition to creating work during the writing labs, playwrights will be expected to continue exploring and complete new work before each session. The combination of in-session work and external work will lead to the final short play to be presented in the festival.
  • The festival plays will be written IN VERSE. We do not define verse narrowly and anticipate many versions of heightened language in the final product. But we are seeking to explore poetic text.
  • Rehearsals will include the playwrights.
  • Playwrights will maintain all rights related to the work they create.
  • Each play shared in the culminating festival (one from each playwright) will receive at least two rehearsed and off-book workshop-style performances.
  • Directors and actors for the festival will be determined by NYSX with input from each playwright.
  • Playwrights chosen for the NYSX Diversity Cohort will receive a one-time honorarium of $100 for their participation.
  • Artistic Chairpersons for the NYSX Diversity Cohort are Nathaniel P. Claridad, Cristina Lundy, and Ross Williams.

APPLICATION DEADLINE -- Friday, December 1, 2017

NOTE: We are aiming to express diversity quite broadly and include individuals representing varied national origins, ethnicities, religions, socioeconomic strata, gender identifications, disability statuses, etc. We are not pre-determining any diversity breakdown, nor are we excluding any perspective from consideration.