Accepting applications for CPT's Nord Playwright Residency

CPT's Nord Playwright Residency Application
Deadline: March 1, 2013

CPT's Nord Playwright Residency is a year-long program for a local emerging playwright. Supported by the Nord Family Foundation, CPT initiated this program to provide greater support to the region's playwright community and create active artists. One residency will be awarded in 2013, which includes a $2,000 stipend for the playwright, development support and a workshop production. Please note that CPT is investing over $15,000 in staff time, support and direct costs associated with the residency.

Based on writing samples and one complete play, we will select a playwright with extraordinary potential. This resident artist will be given space at the theatre to write, create and rehearse work. Additionally, the program provides access to CPT's artistic staff and is eligible for the theatre's development programming. The residency is also an opportunity to be on site at CPT over the course of the year, interacting with and learning from designers, actors, directors and other writers.

* Applicant must be a resident of Northeast Ohio
* Applicant must have significant available time to work on major artistic projects. Rehearsals and other commitments are typically in the evenings and weekends.

Selection Criteria
As it is our first year of this program, it will be a time of experimentation in finding the best methods to select and foster a playwright in the CPT community.

We are not looking for the most accomplished playwright. However, we are looking for a playwright that has demonstrated ability and extraordinary potential.

We want to have the largest impact on the community as possible, so we are looking for a playwright who is at the "right time" in his/her growth to most benefit from the residency.

At this time we anticipate to follow this structure for the selection process. Applications will be reviewed by CPT's artistic staff and collaborators. The first round of reading will be facilitated blind - without applicants' names. During round one, only "Writing Sample A" will be read. This sample must be a script and should be the applicant's best and most complete work. Rounds two and three will be conducted with the applicant's name attached. "Writing Sample B", will be reviewed by the panel if selected to move on to rounds two and three. Interviews will be held with the finalists.

Applying for the Residency
If you would like to be considered for the 2013-2014 Nord Playwright Residency, please follow the application instructions below, and submit electronically to New Play Associate Emily Ritger (

A receipt will be emailed upon receiving application. Applicants will be notified through a form email as the selection committee progresses through each round. CPT hopes to complete the process by May 1, 2013.

Deadline and Important Dates
* Applications must be received by: March 1, 2013
* Finalists will be notified in: April, 2013
* Recipient will be notified in: May, 2013
* The grant year is: June 1, 2013 - May 30, 2014

Click here to download the PDF of the application for the Nord Playwright Residency

Please contact: Emily Ritger
New Play Associate
216-631-2727 x210