THE GRAFTING PROJECT
The Grafting Project at Chicago Dramatists is part of our effort to promote Resident Playwrights and collaborate with peer organizations. Theatrical organizations interested in producing a play by a current Chicago Dramatists resident playwright can apply for a Grafting Project. If the organization is approved, Chicago Dramatists provides the company five weeks of free theatre rental, valued at over $5000. Applications for the 2017/2018 season will be accepted starting September 1, 2016. The submission period closes October 31, 2016. Contact Artistic Director Meghan Beals for details.
The next Grafting Projects is with Something Marvelous.
The 2017-2018 season will include The New Light Theater Project's production of STILL DANCE THE STARS by Jayme McGhan in August/September 2017 and The Other Theatre Company's produciton of THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO by Martin Zimmerman in September/October 2017.
Launched in 2014, the Grafting Project is designed to partner with theatre companies to produce Resident Playwrights’ world-premiere plays. Since repositioning itself as The Center for New Play Development (and no longer a producing theatre), the Grafting Project has become even more important in supporting the Resident Playwrights. Two awards will be granted for 2018-2019 season.
The selected companies will receive five weeks of free rental space, shared marketing efforts, and – whenever possible – additional development time of the Resident’s play in the form of readings or workshops. Marketing includes email, website and social media promotions. The theatre space includes a light and sound package. Rehearsal space may be rented at a discount, if available.
Previous awardees include:
The playwright must be a current Resident with Chicago Dramatists and the play must be a world premiere. Limited to one application per company. Previous participants are not eligible for two years post-production.
Applications must include:
Please submit all files (preferably in .pdf) in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2017. Interviews will take place in November. Awards will be announced in December.