Fully Funded Residency Program for Black Playwrights in the Carmago Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2021

Are you an established or mid-career artist who assumes primary responsibility for creating the texts of theatrical productions and/or performance?

Then apply to participate in the Carmago Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2021 and be among the lucky artists to get up to $2,250 for participating.

Application Deadline: August 22, 2021

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Benefits

  • Per diem & Grant

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.

  • Accomodation

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.

  • Accompanying family members

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.

Eligibility

The program welcomes applications from 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.

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Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted via Submittable and can be accessed at:

https://camargofoundation.submittable.com/submit

Applications must include the following:

  1.   Proposal Name;
  2.   Proposal Summary (up to 100 words): a brief summary of the proposed project that you would engage in during this exchange;
  3.   Proposal Narrative and Relevance of Resources (up to 1,000 words): please describe in detail the proposed project you would engage in during this exchange. Please articulate specifically how the resources provided by the Camargo Foundation will support your proposed project;
  4.   A Rationale for wanting to participate to the program (up to 500 words): please describe how your work expresses an interest in the African Diaspora as an influence on and factor in your craft, work, and thinking;
  5.   A current CV, including a list of plays/performances fully produced, with dates and venues;
  6.   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.
  7.   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.

About the Carmago Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program

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.

Led by co-curators Brown and Nigeria’s celebrated theater director Chuck Mike, eight accomplished Black playwrights—four from Africa and four from the United States—convened at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis in the South of France in June 2018 to take part in the pilot edition of the Cultural Diaspora playwrights’ residency.

As expressed by Brown, “The idea for the residency was to bring together African and African-American text-based theater artists from opposite ends of the Africanist Diaspora to share work, ideas and strategies for surviving as Black artists, without the veil of a white/western filter, without having to explain themselves, without having to represent an entire group of people, but to explore their craft, their voice, and their African-ness in a beautiful, safe, supportive environment with likeminded individuals who express an interest in the African Diaspora as an influence on and factor in their craft, the content they create, their thinking, and world view.”

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Applications must be submitted no later than August 22nd, 2021 (midnight Paris time).
  • Late applications will not be reviewed.

Selection is based on:

  •   The quality of the applicant’s writing;
  •   The significance of the project or area of inquiry proposed;
  •   The quality and significance of the professional accomplishments of the applicant;
  •   The relevance of the link(s) between the proposal and the African Diaspora;
  •   The potential impact of the residency to shape and inform the writer’s creative process and artistic vocabulary in both the short- and long-term;
  •   The ability of the artist to contribute to and participate in a community of artists, both in Cassis and in one’s home country.

The Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is composed of Black professionals and artists who are working in the field(s) of theater and performance, as well as scholars and thinkers in Africana studies.

Results Announcement

Applicants will be notified of decisions in October 2021. Applicants should not seek information about the status of their application. General information about the selection process will be available to all applicants. Please note that notifications are sent through Submittable, Camargo’s submission management platform, and may be marked as spam. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive news by the end of October 2021.

Program and Venues

  • The program will take place from May 10 to June 14, 2022.
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