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The Movement Theatre Company x Black List Playwriting Commission

The Black List and the Movement Theatre Company have partnered to commission a new play for $10,000. 

The Movement is seeking authentic and complex stories about communities of color that are bold, risky and unapologetic. They are seeking artists exploring ambitious, herculean ideas, exploding the theatrical form and who are unafraid to re-imagine what theater can be and who it is for. 

To commemorate its theater launch, the Black List has partnered with four award-winning theaters to commission plays for $10,000 each. This specific opportunity applies to a playwriting commission with the Movement Theatre Company.

Writers are invited to submit a play or musical for consideration by uploading it directly to The Black List website. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on June 1, 2022. Only plays and musicals will be considered for this opportunity. Please do not submit feature film and one-hour or half-hour pilot scripts.

Up to 15 writers will be invited, based on the strength of their plays and/or musicals as determined by the Black List, to submit additional materials, including a professional resume and a personal statement. From those submissions, select writers may be chosen to interview, via Zoom, and up to one writer will be selected to receive the commission.

The Movement Theatre Company creates an artistic social movement by developing and producing bold new work by artists of color. Under the leadership of David Mendizábal, Deadria Harrington, Eric Lockley, Ryan Dobrin, and Taylor Reynolds, their work engages multicultural audiences in a rich theatrical dialogue, enlightens communities to the important issues affecting our world, and empowers artists to celebrate the many sides of their unique voice. Founded in 2007, The Movement has established itself as an artistic staple in New York theatre, championed by community and acclaimed by the industry (OBIE-Award Winner, Drama Desk and Drama League Award Nominee). As an organization run by producers of color, The Movement is passionate about shifting the status quo of American Theatre both on-stage and behind the scenes. Past productions include: What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris, directed by Whitney White (NY Premiere and Northeast Tour, 2018 - 2021), 1MOVE: DES19NED BY... (2020), Harrison David Rivers' And She Would Stand Like This (2016) choreographed by Kia LaBeija, and Look Upon Our Lowliness (2014), both directed by David Mendizábal, Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, translated by Chantal Bilodeau, directed by David Mendizábal (2010) and Hope Speaks devised and directed by Jonathan McCrory (2008).