VOICES INSIDE/OUT PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY
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The Voices Inside/Out seeks submissions for its second year. The residency is a collaborative effort among the Voices Inside Playwriting Program at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky; the Pioneer Playhouse (Danville, KY), AMZ Creative, LLC (NYC) and Theaterlab (NYC).
The Voices Inside program is an inspirational inmate writing and theater program at Northpoint Training Center that uses theater arts and creative thinking to increase communication skills, build self-esteem and humanize and enrich the lives of those closed off behind bars. It has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. You may see a recent WLEX news story about the program (there is a short commercial first).
One playwright will be selected for the 2012 residency. The playwright will spend eight days in Danville, Kentucky in July 2012 and work with the prisoner-playwrights in developing their work. The playwright will offer writing workshops, with the guidance of Voices Insides Artistic Director Robby Henson and Playwriting Instructor Liz Orndorff, and critique the inmates’ work.
Previous teaching experience is helpful, but not required. The first recipient of the residency – Mac Rogers – had never taught a class before Northpoint, and his residency was a complete success.
In addition to being a playwright, the optimal candidate will be compassionate, interested in working with the inmate population and down-to-earth. We believe that this residency is a true exchange. The visiting playwright will get as much out of this extraordinary and unique experience as the prisoner-playwrights.
Over the course of two years, the Voices Inside playwriting class has developed into a positive, thoughtful space for creating new work and nurtured critical thinking and exploration. While the class is very serious, we’ve found it to be one of the funniest and joyful experiences.
Here’s what Denny, one of the inmates, wrote about the program:
“This opportunity encourages us to learn about subjects that can benefit us not only while we are incarcerated, but when we rejoin society. Many of us only have what we have learned prior to prison, or in prison. So any opportunity to learn and grow is tremendously beneficial and appreciated!”
Mac Rogers, the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence, reflected about his experience:
“Working with the playwrights of Voices Inside was a profoundly rewarding experience. Seeing how much the act of playwriting means to these men was a powerful reminder for me of how much solace and enrichment there is in artistic expression. I was proud of what little I could teach them, and grateful for all they taught me.”
But the residency is not for everyone. There is no way to deny that it takes place in a medium security prison.
THE VOICES INSIDE/OUT provides:
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THE VOICES INSIDE/OUT requires the playwright-in-residence to:
•Spend eight days in Danville, KY in July 2012,
•Lead four 2-hour classes at Northpoint Training Center,
•Create three writing exercises for the class,
•Write a blog entry about the Northpoint experience for AMZ Creative, LLC, and
•Participate in a one-night presentation about Northpoint for the supporters in New York City.
How to apply to THE VOICES INSIDE/OUT:
•Applications will be accepted between September 19, 2011 – November 19, 2011.
•Applications (see application requirements below) are only accepted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•We will confirm receipt of every application. Every applicant will be contacted about the results of the application process.
•Three finalists will be selected in January 2012. Interviews will be arranged with the three finalists.
•The residency recipient will be selected by February 15, 2012.