Camargo Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2022 for Black Playwrights (Funded)
Deadline: August 22, 2021
Applications are invited for the Camargo Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2022. The Cultural Diaspora residency was conceived by acclaimed African-American playwright Carlyle Brown and the Camargo Foundation to support accomplished Black playwrights with diverse cultural backgrounds, and to spark a dialogue about the disparate ways in which the African Diaspora experience has shaped their perspectives and creative output.
The Camargo Foundation offers Fellows an isolated retreat for the soul, nurtured by the natural beauty of it grounds and surrounding environment, to escape and create. Selected participants will be invited at Camargo to explore, experiment, write, and exchange. There will be weekly work sharing sessions of works-in-progress, two scheduled topical discussions on craft or the business or politics of writing facilitated by Brown and Mike, the possibility of staged readings of works-in-progress in partnership with acting students of Marseille, and networking opportunities with European theater professionals. And most importantly a clean, well-lighted place to work.
- Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a per diem allowance of US$1,250 and a grant of US$1,000 (making a total of US$2,250 per artist) to participate.
- Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library or the open-air theater. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.
- Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.
- Open to Black text-based theater artists from the African Diaspora, including but not limited to: Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.
- Eligible applicants have an interest in the African Diaspora and Afro-Atlantic culture as an influence on and factor in their craft, work, and thinking.
- Eligible applicants are established or mid-career artists who assume primary responsibility for creating the texts of theatrical productions and/or performance. This program recognizes that practice is increasingly interdisciplinary (including performances that embrace a combination of live theater/dance/film, for example), can include both spoken and musical work, and can assume different scales and forms (from solo performances to storytelling to large-scale theatrical spectacle). This program is designed for artists who play a primary or exclusive role in creating the text component of live theatrical or performance work where spoken language is a critical and primary component, whatever the scale and form. Text creators, of course, may play additional roles, such as directing, designing, and/or performing without compromising their eligibility. Actors, choreographers, designers, directors, etc. who have not been a primary creator of texts, however, are not eligible to apply.
- Eligible applicants have had at least three different texts/performances fully produced at reputable venues for public audiences.
- Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
- Work developed during the residency may be in any language. In the interests of Camargo’s interdisciplinary, multicultural community, eligible applicants are able to communicate well in English. A basic knowledge of French is useful, but not required.
- Playwrights who participated in the 2018 edition of the program are not eligible to apply.
Applications must include the following:
- Proposal Name;
- Proposal Summary (up to 100 words): a brief summary of the proposed project that you would engage in during this exchange;
- Proposal Narrative and Relevance of Resources (up to 1,000 words): describe in detail the proposed project you would engage in during this exchange. Articulate specifically how the resources provided by the Camargo Foundation will support your proposed project;
- A Rationale for wanting to participate to the program (up to 500 words): describe how your work expresses an interest in the African Diaspora as an influence on and factor in your craft, work, and thinking;
- A current CV, including a list of plays/performances fully produced, with dates and venues;
- Work Samples, either in the form of written work sample, audio recording, or video. Recent work is strongly encouraged, but applicants should feel that the samples represent fully accomplished and finished work; works in progress are strongly discouraged. All work samples should be drawn from work created in the last five years. Selection panelists will read at least 10 pages of all scripts and/or view up to 5 minutes of a recording. Applicants who choose to submit a full script or longer performance tape should specify which 10 pages (or 5 minutes) the panel should read (or view), and attach a short description. The applicant must be the primary creator of the submitted sample. Student work is not acceptable.
- Two References: submitters whose applications manage to get to the final stages of review might be asked to provide recommendation letters from their referees at a later stage.
For more information, visit Camargo Foundation.