2016-17 Fellows Applications

Applications for the Fellows Program commencing in Fall, 2016 must be received by DGF no later than 5:30pm on April 29, 2016. Please read all of the instructions carefully.

IMPORTANT CHANGES: We have expanded eligibility to include writers who have had one or more professional productions.


Applicants will be eligible for the program with any of the following qualifications: 1.Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2. Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3. Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4. Pertinent, documented practical experience.

All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship.   Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.

For questions about applying to the Fellows Program, email applications@dgfund.org.



Please submit a cover letter answering the following: “Describe an experience in which somebody’s input on your work as a writer affected you”; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a script you have written. Please name submission as follows: PlayTitle (for example: Ruined.pdf. The document(s) must be uploaded as a PDF.


If you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a “self-contained” writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together. Collaborative teams with composer and lyricist should also consider applying with their librettist partner, or, at the very least, make their librettist partner available whenever that project is being discussed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only music or only libretti without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you and your collaborator(s) are applying as a team or whether you are applying as a self-contained writer.

Please submit a cover letter; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, a brief synopsis of the musical, and the complete libretto, if one exists. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in the mp3 format. Please label individual songs as follows: MusicalTitleSong# (for example: Ragtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be uploaded as a PDF.


Application Forms


Online Applications have closed for the 2016-17 Fellows Program. The selected Fellows for the 2016-17 class will be notified in the fall.


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