The Berkshire Fringe is accepting applications until April 15, 2010 (postmark date) for EarlyStages, its playwriting program for young writers. In the forth year of this unique program, three young writers between the ages of 18 and 26 who either reside or attend college in the Berkshires or surrounding counties, will be chosen from an open application process. All three participants receive a full scholarship to the program. There is a $25 application fee. When admitted in the program participants are required to pay a $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit. All other program costs are covered by a full scholarship. Fees can be waived in the case of economic hardship.
Participants will be supplied room and partial board, complimentary tickets to each Berkshire Fringe performance, and the opportunity to attend the community workshops.
Laura Maria Censabella, Emmy Award-winning writer and professor of playwriting at the New School for Drama, will return to mentor these talented young writers during the intensive two-week residency. The program will be tailored to address the objectives of each participant. Every other day the playwrights will attend a workshop lead by Ms. Censabella. Alternating days will be reserved for writing/developing the scripts.
Each writer will also work with professional director, Keith Bulla, and actors to prepare for a FREE concert reading of their new work at The Berkshire Fringe.