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Diversity Cohort Application




  • 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 particpating in the events. 
  • 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
    • 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 have writing assignments to complete before each session. These will lead directly to the final short play to be presented in the festival.
  • 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 Council will receive a one-time honorarium of $XX for their participation.
  • Artistic Chairpersons for the NYSX Diversity Cohort are Nathaniel P. Claridad, Cristina Lundy, and Ross Williams.



Interested playwrights should email referencing "Diversity Cohort Submission" in the subject line.


  • 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.


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.