Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative, created by Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, the Lark Play Development Center in New York, and Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago, is gearing up for the second round of the program which represents the first national effort to actively cultivate and support the development of Middle Eastern-American playwrights and their plays.
In each two-year cycle, Middle East America provides a playwright of Middle Eastern descent with a $10,000 commission, intensive developmental support from the Lark Play Development Center, possible productions at Golden Thread Productions and Silk Road Theatre Project, and travel funds to be present at all stages of the process. During the commissioned play’s development and production arc, representatives of each partner organization travel to each city—Chicago, New York, and San Francisco—to observe the process and to engage in conversations and panel events about Middle Eastern voices.
Applications will be accepted March 1 – June 15, 2010. The selected writer will be announced in December 2010. For more information and application guidelines, visit: www.middleeastamerica.org.