Collaboration Seeks Playwright

Dallas Children's Theater / Various



Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Dallas Children’s Theater, Children’s Theatre of Madison and The Rose Theater in Omaha seek a playwright with meaningful experience working directly with youth to create a new work inspired by Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou. We intend this new work to serve ages 4-8. We envision collecting and utilizing the stories and ideas of youth living in each of our cities to inform a play with music. The playwright will hopefully engage in residencies with youth in each of our cities.

We would like to uplift an artist who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color (BIPOC). Our four partnering theaters acknowledge that we are historically white institutions making a commitment to transformational change that is ongoing within our companies. As such, we intend to create as many supports for the partnering artist as possible, including but not limited to having a mostly or all BIPOC creative team and centering BIPOC staff/board in this artist selection process.

Our Goals:

To lift this poem off the page

To reflect the communities this piece of art is made with

To center young people in the creative process, with the support of each of our institutions

To have a working draft by April 2022

Fee – $10,000 – Submit questions and expression of interest (in any format you wish to share- letter, statement of approach, video, or anything that captures your artistic voice as it speaks specifically to young audiences) by July 1, 2021 to