Nord Playwright Fellowship Application

Deadline: January 15, 2014

CPT’s Nord Playwright Fellowship is a year-long program for a local emerging playwright. Supported by the Nord Family Foundation, CPT initiated this program to provide greater support to the region’s playwright community and create active artists. Up to two residencies will be awarded in 2014, which includes a $2,000 stipend for the playwright, development support and a workshop production. Please note that CPT is investing over $15,000 in staff time, support and direct costs associated with the residency.

Based on writing samples and one complete play, we will select a playwright with extraordinary potential. This resident artist will be given space at the theatre to write, create and rehearse work. Additionally, the program provides access to CPT’s artistic staff and is eligible for the theatre’s development programming. The residency is also an opportunity to be on site at CPT over the course of the year, interacting with and learning from designers, actors, directors and other writers.


  • Applicant must be a resident of Northeast Ohio.
  • Applicant cannot be a Full-time student
  • Applicant must have significant available time to work on major artistic projects. Rehearsals and other commitments are typically in the evenings and on weekends. The obligations of this fellowship will make it difficult to have outside artistic projects.

Selection Criteria

We are not looking for the most accomplished playwright, rather an early career playwright, someone who has demonstrated ability and extraordinary potential, but is still defining their voice as a playwright.

We want to have the largest impact on the community as possible, so we are looking for a playwright who is at the “right time” in his/her growth to most benefit from the residency. We are looking for someone who is hungry for experiences – as a playwright but also as an active member of our community at CPT.

Applications will be reviewed by CPT’s artistic staff and collaborators. The first round of reading will be facilitated blind – without applicants’ names. During round one, only “Writing Sample A” will be read. This sample must be a script and should be the applicant’s best and most complete work. Rounds two and three will be conducted with the applicant’s name attached. “Writing Sample B”, will be reviewed by the panel if selected to move on to rounds two and three. Interviews will be held with the finalists.

Applying for the Residency

If you would like to be considered for the 2014-2015 Nord Playwright Residency, please follow the application instructions below, and submit electronically to New Play Associate Emily Ritger (


A receipt will be emailed upon receiving application. Applicants will be notified through a form email as the selection committee progresses through each round. CPT hopes to complete the process by March 15, 2014.

Deadline and Important Dates

  • Applications must be received by: January 15, 2014
  • Finalists will be notified in: February, 2014
  • Recipient will be notified in: March, 2014
  • The grant year is: June 1, 2014 – May 30, 2015


Please contact:

Caitlin Lewins
New Play Associate
216-631-2727 x 211

Nord Playwright Residency 2014-15 APPLICATION

Deadline:  January 15, 2014

Only email applications will be considered. Please complete the application and submit it with your supplemental materials electronically as an attachment to

SUBJECT LINE: state your name and “Nord Playwright Residency Application”—for example: Jane Smith, Nord Playwright Residency Application.

General Information

Name ______________________________________________________________



Title of Writing Sample A_____________________________________________________________

Title of Writing Sample B_____________________________________________________________

What script would you like to be the primary focus of your residency? (If this script is not yet in draft form and so not included as an above writing sample, please briefly describe the project and attach with the supplemental materials.) ______________________________________________________________

Please include up to three pages for answers to the following (not to exceed 1800 words):

  1. TIME: How will you assure that you will have the necessary time to participate fully in the program?
  2. WHO: Describe your current state as a theatre artist. What areas of your artistry are you most excited to explore and deepen in this residency?
  3. WHAT: Outside of playwriting, what other opportunities at CPT would be beneficial to your growth? What other sills would you want to offer to CPT?
  4. WHY: Why is this the “right time” for you to undertake this residency? Why do you want to undertake this fellowship? Why do you want to work with the CPT staff and artists?
  5. HOW: How do you anticipate the Playwright Residency will impact you as an artist? How do you hope CPT’s artistic staff can help you grow as an artist?
  6. ADDITIONAL INFO: Is there any other information we should know while considering your application?

Attach Supplementary Materials:

The following should be attached as pdf documents:

  • Resume (if you have separate artistic and work resumes, please include both)
  • Bio (a 200 word narrative of your resume)
  • References—two references of individuals who can speak in depth about your work and artistry
  • 2 writing samples with your name only on the title page. At least one writing sample must be a full-length script. Ideally, both samples would be scripts, but we will accept a different form of creative writing as sample “B”. Above please consider which sample you delineate “A” and “B”. Sample A must be a script and should be the applicant’s best and most complete piece. Only this script will be read during round one. Sample B will only be read if the applicant is advanced to rounds two and three.