The cultural diaspora : African-American and African playwrights | Creative residency at the Camargo Foundation

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The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights. Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

The program is designed to offer participants time and space to: • Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the resident’s field. The Camargo Foundation welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects; • Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster exchanges between the selected artists. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the selected artists and the region of the Marseille-Provence area. The selected artists will also attend performances with other cultural organizations and artists in the Marseille Provence area.

Eligibility :

The program welcomes applications from black playwrights who are citizens of the United States or of an African country.
• Eligible applicants have an interest in the African diaspora as an influence and factor on 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 theatre/dance/film, for example), can include both spoken and musical work, and can assume different scales and forms (from solo performances to story telling 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/plays fully produced for public audiences.
• If prior grantees of the Camargo Foundation, Jerome Foundation or National Endowment for the Arts, eligible applicants have successfully complied with all reporting requirements, including (where applicable) submission of all required final reports.
• Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
• Eligible applicants are at least 21 years old at the time of application.
• 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.

For more information on the duration, stipend, accommodation and how to apply, please refer to the following link : http://bit.ly/2weVxRl

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