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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Opps not-to-be-missed

I’m sure you’ve seen these many other places by now, but I wanted to direct your attention once again to a couple of terrific local opportunities with deadlines rapidly approaching.

Dan Blask from the Massachusetts Cultural Council wants to make sure we remember to apply for MCC’s 2013 Artist Fellowship in Dramatic Writing. BPT alums Steve Barkhimer, Melinda Lopez, and Masha Obolensky are all past recipients of grants from MCC, so apply, people! Here are the details:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2013 Artist Fellowships applications in Dramatic Writing. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2012. The program awards unrestricted grants of $7500 through a competitive, anonymously-judged process.

MCC’s Dramatic Writing category (formerly called Playwriting) accepts original stage plays, screenplays, audio dramas, and/or experimental or solo works that are primarily text-based and submitted in script form. Applicants must be Massachusetts residents and must have primary artistic control of work submitted.

If there are Massachusetts-based dramatic writers to whom you’d recommend this opportunity, please feel free to share this message.

And our friend Michael Wartofsky is thinking of us as he plans the next cycle of the New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative, and wants us to know “we are open to playwrights who wish to try writing book/libretto for musical theater.” Go for it, y’all:

The Advanced Writers Lab of the New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative is accepting applications for its 2012-2013 cycle. Applications are due September 30, 2012. The first meeting of the new cycle will be October 20, 2012.

The Advanced Writers Lab is a peer-feedback group open to a limited number of experienced book-writers, composers and lyricists who meet monthly to refine their craft, meet new collaborators, and to present new work in various stages of development.

The 2012-13 Lab will have two ongoing simultaneous programs: the Craft Lab and the Project Lab. The Craft Lab focuses on craft-building exercises, often prepared in collaboration with another Lab member. Any member may also make a separate application to present a particular project for development in the Project Lab. Members may submit Project Proposals at any time during the year.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit

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