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Minneapolis, MN, USA

The Director of Fellowship Programs is a senior artistic leadership position at the Playwrights’ Center and will be a key participant in artistic strategy and programming meetings. This position will  provide dedicated and holistic support to five of the Fellowship programs, including: Core Apprenticeship, Jerome Fellowship, Many Voices Fellowship, Many Voices Mentorship and McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting throughout their Fellowship year (approximately 13 artists across a one-year cohort of writers). The focus of this support includes individualized dramaturgical, producing and mentorship work as well as collective group mentorship and activity planning as part of the day-to-day duties of this position. 

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Build relationships with the individual Fellows on a regular basis to support them and their yearlong Fellowship goals; 

  • Continuously read and respond to plays and serve as the main dramaturgical support for the current cohort of fellows;

  • Produce play development workshops in collaboration with Artistic Programs Manager;

  • Co-Produce the Fellows Showcase during the annual PlayLabs Festival and the Fellows Workshare in the fall;

  • Work with the Artistic Programs team to create and manage a Fellowship year which includes: monthly check-in meetings, Master Class opportunities, Writers’ Group formation, introducing Fellows to artistic leaders (locally & nationally), arranging outside mentorship, and other opportunities;

  • Work with Producing Artistic Director & Artistic Programs Manager to facilitate the annual Fellow selection process for all Fellowships. This includes curating the selection panel, helping facilitate the selection panel conversations, etc;

  • Establish and maintain connection opportunities to artistic leaders, agents/managers, other artists in the arts sector/theater field, writing recommendation letters/nominations, etc.;

  • Occasionally review and provide feedback on PWC written Communications collateral;

  • Engage with past fellows as they move out of their mentorship year and into Affiliated Writer status. This connection and support will be minimal but also a vital part of the transitioning of playwrights out of the Fellows Program;

  • Continue to move the Mentorship of the Fellows forward with innovative thinking and program design; 

  • 5+ years experience in one or more of the following areas: new play development, managing playwright residencies and/or commissions, supporting playwrights dramaturgically

  • Ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity/awareness and the ability to effectively work with and lead teams

  • Radically people-centered leadership skills, with an emphasis on collaboration, care, and maintaining safe and healthy process-based environments for creative and innovative development 

  • Experience producing workshops, readings, designing Fellow cohort experiences, advocating for artists, and creating connections within the theater field to help support and develop each writer

  • Efficient verbal and written communication skills 

  • Ability to organize and track multiple projects occurring simultaneously, including workshops, readings, fellowship activities, and public events


$62-65K/year, DOE. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off in addition to holiday PTO, and an optional IRA plan. 

The Playwrights' Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to the perspective of all voices in every aspect of our organization and its practice. We celebrate diversity and strive to create a dynamic work environment that values inclusion, respect and integrity, service, and innovation. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to: [email protected] and include “Director of Fellowship Programs - NATIONAL” in the subject line.

General accessibility information for the Playwrights’ Center can be found at and we are happy to answer other accessibility questions sent to [email protected].

Organization Info

Playwrights' Center

Minneapolis, MN, USA
11-50 employees
About Us

Playwrights' Center sustains, develops, and advocates for playwrights and their work to realize their full artistic potential.



From our Center in Minneapolis/St. Paul, we serve 2300+ playwrights and theatermakers across the United States and internationally, representing a vast array of identities, experience levels, aesthetics, and relationships to the professional theater field.

Our programs fall into four primary focus areas:

Individualized Artist Support 
Our fellowships and residency opportunities provide highly tailored artistic, financial, administrative, and networking support structures for playwrights and theatermakers who are pursuing their creative processes as careers. Some of our programs are specific to Minnesota residents, while others are open to artists nationally and internationally.

Community & Educational Resources
We gather an expansive network of playwrights and theatermakersfrom first-time writers and students to seasoned professionalswho continually exchange, learn from, and uplift each other’s work. Our robust slate of educational opportunities includes in-person workshops, online seminars, masterclasses, accredited university courses, and more. We curate the world’s largest online database of play submission opportunities; offer script feedback services; and provide other craft-, career-, and community-building initiatives.

New Play Development
We foster a supportive, artist-led laboratory space where playwrights and theatermakers can test new ideas, immerse themselves in the creative process, and share work in progress with audiences. Through customized workshops, dramaturgical support, and a growing coalition with producing theaters, we nurture scripts and collaborations into being.

Amplification & Connection
We are committed to supporting playwrights and theatermakers beyond their participation in Playwrights’ Center programs by promoting their work for production and nurturing an ecology of artist-to-artist and artist-to-audience relationships. Central to this work is the ongoing cultivation of partnerships with theaters and community organizations across the globe.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 17 2022
Active Until: 
Mar 17 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Playwrights' Center