What We Want Our pilot Bechdel Residency comes from our desire to more deeply support playwrights, specifically those whose work supports our overall mission and efforts to impact the American theatre landscape. We want to contribute to the uplifting and amplification of the playwrights and the stories that have been historically overlooked or relegated to the margins. We are looking for stories we should be seeing but are not seeing or not seeing enough. Are you in need of support for a project you’re embarking upon? Have the seeds of something you plan to plant in 2021? We want to be part of that journey.
How it Works The Bechdel Residency is designed to support a specific project by providing ongoing in-house and community support over the course of a year. Our Bechdel Resident will receive a series of table and workshop reads and dramaturgical feedback over the course of 12 months. The fellowship will culminate with a full staged reading in New York City.
Timeline*: May 5th - June 30, 2021: Prospective Residents submit project proposals. July 2021: Proposals are reviewed. August 2021: The Inaugural Bechdel Resident is announced! October 2021: Initial Table Read December 2021: Dramaturgical Read and Feedback An in-person or Zoom reading with Bechdel actors, followed by a dramaturg-led table discussion. February 2022: Second Table Read An in-person or Zoom full reading with a different group of Bechdel actors and selected audience members, followed by a dramaturg-led table discussion. March/April 2022: Dramaturgical Read and Feedback A one-on-one (written or in person) conversation. May 2022: Workshop Read A partial reading and community discussion, as part of the regular Bechdel season. August, 2022: Staged Reading A full rehearsed, directed staged reading. This reading will be open to the public, as well to invited members of the NYC theatre community.
All logistics for readings and events will be organized by The Bechdel Group. We are also open to discuss what other learning experiences our Resident might be interested in that our company might be in a position to provide (eg. learning more about or potentially working with literary management, dramaturgy, casting, producing, non-profit management, etc.)
* Over the course of the program, we will be in touch with our Resident to ensure the timeline above continues to meet their needs.
Eligibility While all playwrights and screenwriters, emerging and professional, are welcome to submit proposals, we are specifically interested in and encourage proposals from women, BIPOC, nonbinary, trans, and LGBTQIA+ writers. We are happy to consider playwrights from anywhere in the world, but we do ask that Residents be present at their Workshop and Staged readings in NYC.