2050 Artistic Fellowship At New York Theatre Workshop

MEET THE 2019/20 FELLOWS:

This fall, we’re welcoming six new artistic fellows into our artist community as part of the 2050 Artistic Fellowship Program: directors Miranda Haymon, Kimille Howard and Gabriel Vega Weissman and playwrights Matt Barbot, Jeesun Choi and Kareem Lucas.

For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. 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.

What is the 2050 Artistic Fellowship?

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – 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’s expanded 2050 Artistic Fellowship program exists to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

The 2050 Fellows are early career 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 Artistic 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.

Meet the Fellows

2050 Fellows (2013 - Present)

CURRENT 2050 FELLOWS:

MATT BARBOT is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom (Kennedy Center Darrel Ayers Award, Kennedy Center Latinidad Award) received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. Matt is currently developing Infallibility (Indie Theater Now Best of FringeNYC 2013 list) as a Sheen Center playwriting fellow. Princess Clara of Loisaida (finalist: Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work, 2018 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series) and Saints Go Marching (semifinalist: 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference) were selected to feature on Steppenwolf’s The Mix list. Recently, his short play “A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed” was published as part of the Red Bull Theater’s anthology Red Bull Shorts Volume III. Matt’s first play for young audiences, Stoo’s Famous Martian-American Gumbo, was commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre and will be produced in Summer 2019. Additionally, Matt has worked with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez as an editor and co-writer for Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC, as well as Somos Arte’s La Borinqueña. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University.

JEESUN CHOI is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration and transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. Plays include The Seekers (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, 2019 O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist, 2018-19 Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper Artist Retreat); Dahlia (Lark’s 2018 New Voices Fellowship Finalist) which received a public reading at Dell’Arte International; Cecilies (Red Eye Theater’ New Work 4 Weeks, 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival). She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, hosted by Pangea World Theater and Art2Action, and Works-In-Progress Artist at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. She is the co-founder of Creative Traffic Flow, a theater collective committed to creating ensemble-driven performances that uphold the power of communities. As Artists-In-Residence at the University Settlement, CTF produced Duets of Difference for Speyer Hall and Women Center Stage Festival. Supported by Clean Valley Council and Works On Water, they presented Voices from the Roanoke River at the Governors Island and Earth Summit 2018. MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

MIRANDA HAYMON is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning director interested in work that dismantles the antiquated ideology of the white, cis, straight, male, able-bodied, middle class individual as the stand in for ‘universal’. The theater she seeks to make is a resistance; it disrupts the status quo of who and what is allowed in the theatre and incites audiences and her community to action. Her approach takes classical, devised, adapted and new texts, incorporating technology, nontraditional casting, mixed media, dance, and more in the pursuit of a unique, interdisciplinary theatre. Miranda is an artist-in-residence at Roundabout Theatre Company, where she was previously the 2017/18 Directing Fellow, Resident Director at The Tank, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, the Wingspace Mentorship Program, a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a former Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing. She is an aspiring florist, an avid player of “Settlers of Catan” and pretty good at driving stick shift. mirandahaymon.com

KIMILLE HOWARD is a director from Carmel, Indiana. She recently directed Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau at TheatreSquared. She is a co-program director for the Amoralists’ ‘Wright Club and directed TRIGGERED by Gabriel Jason Dean at the Cherry Lane Theatre for their Ricochet Quadrilogy. As a resident director at The Flea Theater, she directed The Girl With No Hands by Charly Evon Simpson. Kimille is the assistant director to Des McAnuff on Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations which opened on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre in spring 2019. Kimille won Best Director at the 2016 Thespis Festival for It’s All About Lorrie by Joseph Krawczyk at the Hudson Theater which received a commercial run at The American Theater of Actors (2017). Her work has also been seen at The Lark, The National Black Theatre, JAGFest, NYU, Atlantic Acting School, and The Fire This Time Festival among others. She has assisted Ruben Santiago Hudson, Emily Mann, Stephen Wadsworth, Jessica Stone, Jade King Carroll, and Niegel Smith. Kimille is a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club. She will be assisting James Robinson on Porgy and Bess at The Met this fall. BA: Loyola University Chicago

KAREEM M. LUCAS is a Brooklyn born and Harlem based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. His solo pieces include The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO), From Brooklyn With Love, RATED BLACK: An American Requiem, A Boy & His Bow, and Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty. He has performed his solo work at The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, Fire This Time Festival, IRT Theater, The Slipper Room, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, Hi-ARTS, AFO Theater, JACK, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, among others. He is currently co-collaborating on the immersive theatrical piece The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America, as a writer/performer with the Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative as a part of their Residency at HERE Arts Center, it will premiere in Fall 2019. He most recently was a part of The 2019 Mentor Project at The Cherry Lane Theatre, where his solo show The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO) was mounted. Plus, he’s a teaching artist with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The 52nd Street Project. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. For more info you can visit KareemMLucas.com or follow him on Instagram @KareemMLucas

GABRIEL VEGA WEISSMAN is a Brooklyn based director and playwright. His production of Guards at the Taj at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA was named among the top ten best theatre of 2018 in the Boston Globe. Other directing work includes the world premieres of Charles Cissel’s MUST (Theatre at St. Clement’s, produced by Bruce Willis), Aladdin Ullah’s Dishwasher Dreams (Castillo Theatre) as well as collaborations with NYMF, National Black Theatre, Pipeline Theatre Company, New Light Theater Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Rutgers University and the Bucks County Playhouse. As a writer, his collection of short plays, Loose Canon, is licensed by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Other writing includes adaptations of Athol Fugard’s teleplay Mille Miglia (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Aristophanes’ The Birds (University of Scranton commission). Gabriel’s associate and assistant directing credits include Broadway productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night, China Doll and The Winslow Boy as well as Off-Broadway premieres from writers including Martin McDonagh, Doug Wright, Athol Fugard, Dominique Morisseau and Rajiv Joseph. Gabriel is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a finalist for the inaugural Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Directors Fellowship. gabrielvegaweissman.com

PAST 2050 FELLOWS:
Tara Ahmadinejad
Melis Aker
Michael Alvarez
Elena Araoz
Jeff Augustin
Hilary Bettis
Lileana Blain-Cruz
Eleanor Burgess
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Shayok Misha Chowdhury
Nana Dakin
Nathan Alan Davis
Will Davis
Mashuq Deen
Reginald L. Douglas
Sanaz Ghajarrahimi
Noelle Ghoussaini
Michel Hausmann
Phillip Howze
Hansol Jung
Seonjae Kim
Patricia Ione Lloyd
Martyna Majok
Divya Mangwani
Alexandru Mihail
Beta O’Byrne
Brian Otaño
Tatiana Pandiani
Ming Peiffer
Francis Weiss Rabkin
Danny Sharron
Danya Taymor
Stevie Walker-Webb
Whitney White
Nia Ostrow Witherspoon
Mo Zhou

Emerging Artist Fellows (2011-2013)

Jade King Carroll
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Kareem Fahmy
Simón Adinia Hanukai
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Julián J. Mesri
Janine Nabers
Matthew Paul Olmos
Tamilla Woodard
Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Zhu Yi
Catherine Yu

Emerging Artist of Color Fellows (1999-2011)

May Adrales
Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya
Chris Alonzo
Saheem Ali
Eduardo Andino
Thomas Bradshaw
Gilela Cardenas
Robert Castro
Kipp Erante Cheng
Julia Cho
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
Jihan Crowther
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Lydia Fort
Rafael Gallegos
Henry Guzman
Reshmi Hazra
Monica Henderson
Suzanne Hui Sun Kim
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Patty Jang
Sonoko Kawahara
Ismail Khalidi
Bushra Laskar
Edward Bok Lee
Destiny Lily
Czerton Lim
Ignacio Lopez
Matthew Lopez
Aya Ogawa
Frederica Nascimento
Christopher Oscar Peña
Clint Ramos
Harrison David Rivers
S. Vasanti Saxena
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Deena Selenow
Suzi Takahashi
t. tara turk
Michael Winn
Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Citizen Exchange Corps (CEC) ArtsLink Fellows (1998-Present)

David Sakverilidze (Georgia)
Milan Govedarica (Serbia-Montenegro)
Olga Perevezentseva (Russia)
Bojan Djordjev (Serbia)
Ahmed El-Attar (Egypt)
Ahmed Eldeeb (Egypt)

Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Fellow

Yayoi Shimizu (Japan)

Two-Year Resident Fellows (2002-2010)

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Artistic)
Rafael Gallegos (Artistic)
Adam Moore (Management)
Gita Reddy (Casting/Company Management)
Geoffrey Scott (Literary)
Niki Spruill (Production)
Liesl Tommy (Casting)
Lenora Pace (Directing)
Rubén Polendo (Directing)
Tracey Scott Wilson (Playwriting)

Theodore and Adele Shank Resident Playwriting Fellow (2008-2009)

Alex Lewin

Administrative Fellows (2007-2008)

Kristin McDonald
William Bryant Miles

Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color Playwriting Fellows (1995-1999)

Keith Josef Adkins
Tanya Barfield
Kipp Erante Cheng
Angela Counts
Cynthia Fujikawa
Fanni Green
Hilly Hicks
Jake-ann Jones
Chiori Miyagawa
Derek Nguyen
Carmen Rivera
Sung Rno
Said Sayrafiezadeh
Deborah Swisher
Dominic Taylor
Tracey S. Wilson

How to Apply

The 2050 Artistic Fellowship application process is closed for the 2020/2021 season.

We’ll open the application process again in September 2020.  If you have a question in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to fellowship@nytw.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

2050 Fellowship Details

NYTW will accept up to six playwright or director 2050 Artistic Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:

  • Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW 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 theatre artists
  • An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
  • A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, attend performances, research and travel.

What makes a competitive applicant?

The 2050 Fellowship supports early career artists who exhibit outstanding artistry and whose voices are underrepresented in the theatre. We encourage applicants with a unique lived experience & point of view inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, faith, socioeconomic status, disability and sexual orientation.

Can I apply as a playwright and a director?

You may submit as both a playwright and director–just be sure to indicate clearly in the application that you are interested in being considered for both disciplines. We strive to have a balance of playwrights and directors in the corps, and recognizing that these labels may not always be entirely representative of an artistic practice, provide great latitude in how fellows choose to work.

Must I live in New York City to apply?

We accept applications from artists not currently living in New York City; however, applicants must be available to travel to NYC at their own expense for interviews conducted during the months of February and March, and also must be willing and able to relocate to the NYC metro area for the duration of the fellowship. NYTW is unable to provide housing, relocation or employment assistance. Inability to attend regular meetings and events during the fellowship year may be considered grounds for discontinuation of the fellowship.

May I apply if I am a student?

Artists who will be enrolled in a full time educational institution (either undergraduate or graduate studies) for the duration of the fellowship year will not be considered. We encourage you to apply during your final year of school to partake in the fellowship upon graduation.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

Yes; 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.

What is the application process?

After reviewing preliminary applications, NYTW will make invitations to those we wish to consider more fully for a 2050 Fellowship. Upon notification of invitation to apply, applicants will be asked to submit further materials, due in early December.

If I am invited to submit a full application, what materials will I be required to send?

In the past, applicants have been notified in November with a request for further materials. At that point, candidates have been required to submit:

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A 750-word fellowship plan, outlining how you would like to spend your fellowship year
  • Additional work samples:

For Directors: Up to 6 photos from one or more recent professional or academic production(s) with a brief explanation of three of the moments in these photos including, but not limited to what makes the moment significant, how the moment was built, etc.. With this sample, we are not looking for a description or summary of the photographs but rather are hoping that the images and text will help us understand who you are as a director. These images should be clearly labeled and included in a single PDF.

For Playwrights: a full-length play.

Application requirements may vary year to year. Full application details will be sent to all candidates whom we wish to invite to a second round.

Can my recommenders send their letters directly to NYTW?

Letters of recommendation will only be requested of those who have been invited to submit a full application. Your recommenders may send their letters by email directly to fellowshipinfo@nytw.org as an attachment or in the body of the message. Alternately, you may submit a scanned PDF of a signed letter on letterhead as an attachment. If we are missing a letter of recommendation, your application will be considered incomplete, so please make sure your recommenders submit your materials before the deadline. Recommendation letters will not be considered if they are sent prior to a candidate being invited to submit a full application.

What happens if I'm invited to interview?

Candidates will be contacted by early February to schedule an initial interview. If necessary, this first round interview can be completed via phone or video chat. Candidates still in consideration will be contacted to schedule a second interview in early March. If invited to a second interview, candidates must be available for an in-person meeting at NYTW.

When is the Fellowship retreat?

Retreats typically take place over a three-day weekend in June, Friday through Sunday. Specific dates will be sent out with fellowship offers. If invited to interview, please inform us of any known conflicts during the month of June.

How frequently do 2050 Fellowship meetings occur?

Cohort meetings occur once per month and are scheduled prior to the start of the fellowship year. Each fellow shares works-in-progress twice during the fellowship, and all fellows are expected to be present at the work-in-progress showings of their peers.

How much are 2050 Fellowship stipends?

At present, 2050 Fellows are awarded a $3,000 stipend and a $1,500 artistic development fund to use in consultation with the Artistic staff.

Further questions?

Inquiries should be sent to fellowshipinfo@nytw.org.