CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS: Transforming MSU Playwriting Fellowship

$1,000.00 Stipend

APPLICATION DUE: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Apply here.

transforming theater ensemble logo - butterfly Are you a student who has an interest in social justice and a story to tell? Do you want to be a part of making MSU more diverse, equitable, and inclusive?  

Transforming Theatre Ensemble (TTE) is partnering with the Department of Theatre to develop and present a series of student-written and student-performed short plays that will be presented in showcase performances for members of the MSU community as a part of the Department of Theatre’s ‘21-’22 theatrical season.

These short plays will have a continued life as a part of Transforming Theatre Ensemble's repertoire, and may be performed in the context of hybrid performance-workshops offered by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives for students, faculty, staff, and administrators at MSU.

What are the specifics & logistics?

  • The fellowship will last the duration of the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A stipend of $1,000.00 will be paid to each playwright. 
  • No theatre experience required. Just bring your curiosity about playwriting as a mode of storytelling. 
  • There will be some online events and some in-person events. 
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

What’s the vibe?

  • The intention of the program is that we will share stories that move MSU in the direction of justice and liberation, as defined by each playwright.
  • The students’ voices and agency as storytellers will be centered in this process. 
  • Inspiration, tools, and guidance will be offered, but playwrights have the autonomy to drive their own process and product in the direction they feel best serves liberation and justice at MSU 
  • We will strive to build a supportive community in which each playwright can develop their voice as a writer.


A timeline and sense of the time commitment (subject to change):

  • October 2021: Three writing workshop meetings; Approximately ten hours of reading, research & writing time.
  • November 2021: Two writing workshop meetings; Approximately ten hours of reading, research & writing time; Rough draft due; Optional opportunity to give input on casting.
  • December 2021: Reading of your play with actors over Zoom. Approximately ten hours of reading, research, and writing time.
  • January 2022: Second draft due; Two ensemble-building events with actors; Approximately five hours of writing time.
  • February 2022: A table reading of your play with actors and an invited audience that will provide feedback; Final writing workshop meeting with cohort of playwrights to debrief feedback; Approximately five hours of writing time.
  • March 2022: Third & final draft due; Ensemble-building event; One-on-one zoom check-in meeting with Artistic Director Lynn Lammers; Attend at least one rehearsal.
  • April 2022: Showcase performances of all pieces.

How to apply:

Click here to apply!

Due date: Applications will close on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Please send any questions to Transforming Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Lynn Lammers at lammersl@msu.edu.