2050 Fellowships

We are no longer accepting preliminary applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship. check back in september for next year's Call for Applications.

What is a 2050 Fellow?

The United States is rapidly changing. The U.S. Census Bureau expects that by the year 2050, there will be 439 million Americans (there are 318 million of us now) and for the first time, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority. 

These projections provoke thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape over the next 36 years–technologically, environmentally, demographically, and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future. How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren't being told? What lies ahead for our world?  

In response to these questions, NYTW has expanded and renamed our longstanding Fellowship program to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world. With the 2050 Fellowship, NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard. 

Details of 2050 Fellowship:

NYTW will accept up to six 2050 Fellows for the 2015-16 Season. These fellowships will entail a commitment from June 2015 to June 2016. Playwrights and directors are eligible to apply. 

NYTW's 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:

  • Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the New York Theatre Workshop community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development;
  • Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort;
  • Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic Staff and contemporary theater artists;
  • An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theater by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions;
  • A 3-day weekend retreat in June 2015 and 2016.

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support Fellowship projects, see work, research, and travel.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to fellowshipinfo@nytw.org ONLY.

Guidelines for Preliminary Applications

Frequently Asked Questions

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Lileana Blain-Cruz, Fellowship Liaison
Aaron Malkin, Literary Associate
Rachel Silverman, Artistic Producing Associate

If you have questions, please email us at fellowshipinfo@nytw.org


2050 Fellowship Mentoring workshop with Dael Orlandersmith
at NYTW's Summer Residency at Adelphi University in 2014.


Who Can Apply:

  • The 2050 Fellowship supports emerging artists whose voices are underrepresented in the theater. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, class, disability, and sexual orientation.
  • Candidates MUST live and be able to meet regularly in the New York City metro area for the duration of the fellowship, June 2015 through June 2016. Applicants who live elsewhere must be able to relocate at their own expense. NYTW is unable to provide housing, relocation or job assistance.
  • The Foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, international applicants must take full responsibility for arranging their travel, travel documents, and housing accommodations. Inquire with the U.S. Embassy or the consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence about visa application procedures. Receipt of fellowship stipend is dependent upon the type of visa secured. If awarded a 2050 Fellowship, you must provide Employment Eligibility Verification as detailed on Form I-9, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to receive the Fellowship stipend. If you cannot provide appropriate documentation, we will be unable to offer a stipend.
  • If invited to apply, applicant must be available to interview in February/March in New York City.
  • Fellows must be available to attend a 3-day retreat in June 2015 and June 2016 (dates TBD).
  • Must not be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study for the fellowship year at the time of application.
  • Must indicate in statement of purpose any conflicts of interest that may exist during both the application period and the fellowship period.