Friday, August 01, 2008

Playwrights -- Want Something Else to Apply For?

If so, here's a press release I received today:

A Home For Emerging Writers


New York, NY-- Ars Nova’s Play Group, a vibrant and eclectic group of emerging writers who gather twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get peer feedback, is now accepting applications for Play Group 2009. The group offers members the chance to develop their plays with peer support; to be inspired by each other’s work; to form collaborative relationships; and to build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. All emerging writers are eligible for membership.

If selected, new members will be invited to join for a period of two years beginning in January of 2009. Play Group 2009 will culminate in a group-created production at Ars Nova in January of 2010. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street.

Play Group 2008 members include: Annie Baker, Bekah Brunstetter, Evan Cabnet, Dylan Dawson, Liz Flahive, Sam Forman, Kyle Jarrow, Nick Jones, Steven Levenson, Barry Levey, Carly Mensch, Rachel Shukert, Mat Smart, Adam Szymkowicz, and Samuel Brett Williams. The show created by the members of Play Group 2008 will be presented at Ars Nova in January 2009.

To apply, please visit for application materials. Applications require one full-length play, a resume, two professional references and a personal statement describing what the playwright hopes to gain from membership. Applications for Play Group 2009 will be accepted beginning August 1st and must be postmarked by September 19th to be eligible for consideration. Applications cannot be accepted via email.

As New York's premier hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theater, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give clear voice to a new generation of artists. Founded on the principle that a professional and safe environment where risk-taking is encouraged will cultivate a community of innovators, our fundamental mission is to reinvigorate the world of live performance by supporting smart, surprising new work from the next wave of emerging artists. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener. For more information, visit

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