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CATCO, Greater Columbus Arts Council Announce 2015 Playwright Fellowship Program

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    Anne Evans
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    Submissions due December 30

    CATCO, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council announced today it will accept submissions for the 2015 Playwright Fellowship program through Dec. 30, 2015.

    Through the fellowship, CATCO will award one $5,000 fellowship and commission a previously unproduced, full-length play by a local playwright. The recipient will be announced by Feb. 18, 2016, with a staged reading of the completed work to be produced in June 2016. To be eligible an applicant must be a Franklin County resident for at least one year.

    “CATCO has a long history of supporting new works and local artists in the central Ohio community and we look forward to working, once again, with the fellowship winner and helping him or her to develop a play,” said Steven C. Anderson, CATCO producing director.

    “The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship program was established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists. In 2013 we added the playwright fellowship and partnership with CATCO to benefit artists in the theater community,y. said Tom Katzenmeyer, Greater Columbus Arts Council President. “We look forward to presenting the third fellowship in this program this year.”

    Though not part of the commission, the selected play will be considered for a full production at a future date.

    Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program at the time of application or during the grant award period are not eligible to apply. In addition, musicals or adaptations of other written work will not be considered, and works submitted must have been created within the last three years.

    Selection criteria will include originality, likelihood of future productions, clarity of voice and general interest in the subject matter. Interested artists are asked to submit a cover letter and the following:

    Breakdown of characters with brief descriptions
    Up to 10 pages of sample dialogue
    Brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the play to be considered
    Cover page that provides the playwright’s name, address and contact information. (Plays will be considered without the playwright’s information attached to insure impartial selection.)

    Collaborative works may be submitted, but only one award is possible. Collaborating playwrights must submit a joint cover letter and clearly indicate the names of the collaborative writers.

    Submissions should be mailed to:

    Joseph Bishara, CATCO Associate Producing Director and Playwright Fellowship Coordinator
    77 S. High St., 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
    [email protected]

    For more information, visit catcoistheatre.org and gcac.org.

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