The Playwrights' Center

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Location: 2301 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis MN 55406 USA

Mission: THE PLAYWRIGHTS' CENTER CHAMPIONS PLAYWRIGHTS AND PLAYS TO BUILD UPON A LIVING THEATER THAT DEMANDS NEW AND INNOVATIVE WORKS. THE PLAYWRIGHTS' CENTER EMBRACES THE FOLLOWING VALUES: SEEKING THE NEW, WRITING IN THE SPOTLIGHT, RISKING EXCELLENCE AND INSPIRED CONNECTIONS.
Programs: THE RUTH EASTON LAB brings the Playwrights’ Center Core Writers—20-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country—and their collaborators to Minneapolis for play development workshops and a formal season of public readings with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Core Writers are promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters. LOCAL AND NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS elevate the role of living playwrights. The Center works with several theaters each year to develop work for their stages. Recent partners have included Tectonic Theater Project, Mixed Blood Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public Theater (NY), Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, and others. The Center also collaborates with local cultural institutions as the Walker Art Center and Minnesota History Center to develop theater that deepens their programming. FELLOWSHIPS, made possible by the McKnight and Jerome foundations, provide approximately $200,000 each year for residencies, commissions, and development funds. Through these fellowships, the Playwrights’ Center functions as a home for:
  • Jerome Fellows (three to five emerging American playwrights);
  • Many Voices Fellows (five Minnesota-based emerging playwrights of color);
  • McKnight Advancement Grants (two Minnesota-based playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and potential);
  • McKnight National Residency and Commission (one playwright selected annually from an impressive national pool); and
  • McKnight Theater Artist Fellows (three Minnesota-based professional theater artists recognized for their outstanding skill and talent).
MEMBERSHIP is open to all for just $50 per year and provides access to an online hub of information about the field including articles by theater luminaries, a database of playwriting opportunities, and access to dramaturgical services, readings with professional actors, discounted classes, and free seminars. In addition, the Playwrights’ Center’s New Plays on Campus program serves dozens of colleges and universities nationwide, providing script-matching services, arranging playwright residencies, and offering immersive apprenticeships to student playwrights and dramaturgs.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Playwrights' Center changes the lives of the artists who pass through its doors - both in an individual way, and also by being a leading voice in the national conversation around keeping the American theatre vital, vibrant, and relevant.

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give them all the money in the world so that they could help all the artists who need it...

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Playwrights' Center is the coolest, under-the-radar fountain of fresh artistic talent in the Twin Cities. Since I first attended a fundraiser - where patrons could "buy a playwright" who composed an act in less than 20 minutes to be performed by the cities' top actors - I've been smitten. I couldn't and still can't believe such an incredible source of new thought and creative energy is right in my own backyard!

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What I've enjoyed most are the readings . . . the breadth and depth of new script content is pretty stunning. You never know what you're going to hear that night, but can be sure it's something so innovative, original, and timely you haven't seen it before. To be part of the audience and the discussion after is such a thrill. Where else can a pedestrian help shape the trajectory of art of this caliber?

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Shine more light on their successes . . . reach a more diverse audience . . . raise their ticket prices - they're well worth it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Playwrights' Center is in the business of saving the American theatre--from endless seasons of classic plays, most often interpreted respectfully... This is the place where new plays are created--and they are created in a manner entirely respectful to the artists at hand. I feel lucky to have the Center in my life and in my professional career. I am supported by the incredible staff, inspired by the work of other playwrights, and motivated to keep writing for the American theatre in hopes that it can be the place where we all go to be infused with ideas and questions and exciting images and complexity.

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Every play I've written has been workshopped here.

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Make more of them--put branches in other American cities, but decidely not New York City or Los Angeles. Maybe Austin and Seattle--smaller places, where writers can make lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an emerging playwright I have been so pleased with the enthusiastic and complete support from each staff person at the Playwright's Center.
The Early Stages reading of my play a few months ago was a rewarding and inspiring event thanks to the organization's professionalism and dedication to new work.

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the support I have received

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I have no suggestions

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm both a "client served" but also a member of the public that really appreciates what the Playwrights' Center does. A) They have created a safe space for playwrights to make their art. B) They support emerging AND mid-career playwrights. C) They have helped make Minneapolis a hotbed for new work both with funding but also by serving as a home to playwrights and actors interested in new work.

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Minneapolis is becoming know as an important city for playwriting.

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Make sure to stay involved in the local community.

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