In 2020, thanks to a generous donation from The Honorable Maria Lopez, we created the Stephen Mindich Literary Project in honor of her late husband, the trail-blazing newspaper publisher and founder of The Boston Phoenix.
While the project also encompasses our Winter Play Dates reading series and our annual rendition of The 24 Hour Plays, the centerpiece of the Project is the Paula Vogel Playwright Residency, established in 2019. The Residency provides a mini-fellowship to a promising young playwright, usually from a traditionally underserved population. Along with travel accommodations, the playwright is provided a stipend and housing in order to spend time developing new work. While in residence, the playwright will have the opportunity to engage with the local community through one or more public appearances at the Theater.
Our inaugural residency was awarded to Miranda Rose Hall, writer of Plot Points in Our Sexual Development and Best Lesbian Erotica 1995.
In 2020, the Residency was officially renamed in honor of Pulitizer Prize-winning playwright (and PAPA recipient) Paula Vogel. Moving forward, Vogel will assist Artistic Director David Drake in establishing new relationships with emerging Black-American playwrights and to make greater commitments to producing works by these artists.
Regrettably, there was no residency in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are in the process of selecting residents for 2021. We will be inviting three playwrights from underrepresented populations to participate in our Winter Play Dates reading series, where each playwright will be able to workshop their play through virtual/socially-distanced means. Follow us on social media or join our mailing list for updates about our 2021 residency program.