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Monday, 06 June 2011 21:40

Public Theater Now Accepting Applications for 2013 Emerging Writers Group

The Public Theater






Applications Now Accepted Via Email 
For The Newly Expanded Two-Year Program

Time Warner is the Founding and Continued Sponsor of

The Public Writers Initiative

June 6, 2011 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) will now accept applications for the 2013 Emerging Writers Group through Wednesday, August 31, 2011. As part of The Public Theater’s “The Public Goes Green Initiative”, applications for the fourth cycle of the Emerging Writers Group will be accepted via email for the first time, as well as by mail and delivery as in previous years. Through an open application process, The Public Theater will select 10 up-and-coming playwrights to join the Emerging Writers Group from January 2012 through December 2013.  

This year also marks the first time that applicants will apply for the newly expanded two-year cycle. The Emerging Writers Group is an ongoing two-year program that targets playwrights at the earliest stages of their careers and nurtures their artistic growth by providing necessary resources and support. Time Warner is the founding sponsor of The Public Writers Initiative.

Through the Emerging Writers Group, The Public hopes to create an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights. Developed in collaboration with Time Warner’s Office of Corporate Responsibility, the Emerging Writers Group is one element of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. 

“We are so excited to open our submissions for the next class of the Emerging Writers Group,” said Public Theater Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett.  “This program brings together a group of fiercely talented writers at the earliest stages in their careers, and we are looking forward to welcoming the next group into The Public Theater family.”

"At Time Warner, we believe that the development of work that reflects the voices and experiences of all communities is not only critical to our success as a company, but inextricably tied to the health and vibrancy of our society,” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. “We are proud to once again partner with The Public on such an important program that truly fosters the next generation of storytellers.”  

Each emerging writer receives a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a $6,000 stipend; participation in a bi-weekly writers group led by Literary Manager Liz Frankel and The Public’s Literary Department; master classes with established playwrights; career development advice and artistic support from acclaimed writers and Public artistic staff; complimentary tickets to Public shows and supplemental stipends for productions at other theaters; and a reading of their work in the Emerging Writers Group Evening of Excerpts and Spotlight Series.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and application guidelines for 2013 Emerging Writers Group, please visit The deadline to receive all application materials is August 31, 2011.  

TIME WARNER INC., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television networks, filmed entertainment, and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package, and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets. Aligned with its businesses, Time Warner’s philanthropic mission in the arts is to support work that reflects the voices and experiences of audiences all over the world.  Through its New Works/New Voices Fund, the company partners with best-in-class nonprofit organizations that identify, nurture and celebrate storytellers of all backgrounds and career levels. Time Warner's strategic partnerships have resulted in the creation of such groundbreaking programs as the Storytelling Advancement Fund at the Sundance Institute and The Public Writers Initiative at The Public Theater.

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Joey Parnes, Interim Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals and productions of classics at its downtown home and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through extensive outreach programs. Each year, more than 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater’s productions have won 42 Tony Awards, 158 Obies, 42 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. Fifty-four Public Theater productions have moved to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; For Colored Girls…; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Passing Strange; the revival of HAIR; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice.

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, which creates a fertile community and fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations. 

Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of The Public Writers Initiative.

The Master Writer Chair program is made possible with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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