The National Young Playwrights in Residence Program is designed to nurture the next generation of playwrights through professional mentorship, staged readings, and the sharing of their work through digital platforms.
The six 2018 playwrights! Jorrell Watkins, Imani Redman, Cambria Denim, Dayna Smith, Andrew Sianez-De La O, and Zoe Jovanovich!
Six playwrights at the early stages of their career will be selected for a six month mentorship with an established professional writer toward developing a new work.
The Echo’s goal of this program is to break down any geographic barriers preventing talented young playwrights from receiving the recognition, support, and guidance so critical in a writer’s early development.
We are committed to being there for the young writer, and insuring that new voices from all across the country are getting a chance to be heard. This residency is a transformative way for new writers to fearlessly create bold new work with the support of a professional artistic community.
Cambria Denim, 2018 National Young Playwright in Resident
I was lucky enough to be a part of NYPR’s inaugural year, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. As a young artist, it’s sometimes a tall order to ask to be taken seriously – I never felt that way at the Echo. In fact, the Echo – everyone who works there, the actors, the directors, the mentors – deeply values the voices of young people, particularly what we have to say about our vast array of diverse experiences. Not only did I get to workshop a new play with a room of professionals, but I gained five friends who I trust wholeheartedly to share work and life with. If you are in the age bracket to submit, and you are a writer, you would be silly not to submit.
The participants will engage in monthly digital conferences with their mentor. In this way, the program will transcend any geographical limitations, enabling The Echo to discover and nourish young playwrights in the United States.