Douglass Wallop Fellowship: now accepting applications for Spring 2015
In spring 2013, documentary playwright KJ Sanchez visited us for a week in charming Chestertown, Maryland as the year’s Douglass Wallop Fellow. During her stay, KJ visited two drama classrooms and talked to those students about contemporary plays and the craft of playwriting. She met one-on-one with five specially selected Washington College undergraduate playwrights and gave them professional feedback on their work. She gave a public craft lecture called “From Soup to Nuts” about her very personal, unique approach to playwriting as exemplified by her well-traveled play ReEntry (co-written with Emily Ackerman), a docudrama about the very real experiences of marines coming back to civilian life after traumatic military service events. She even directed an intimate performance of scenes from this play, acted by a small group of WC students, followed by an in-depth discussion. It was a whirlwind week, but we had such fun with KJ!
We are now looking for the next Douglass Wallop Fellow, to visit us in spring 2015. And we need your applications! We want lots of applications, so don’t be shy.
Here is the full description of the fellowship:
The Douglass Wallop Fellowship at Washington College is awarded in odd-numbered years to a playwright.
The Fellowship enables drama students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful playwrights like J.T. Rogers and KJ Sanchez, who spend several days on campus.
The Douglass Wallop Fellow spends approximately five days at Washington College, holding individual conferences with drama students. The Fellow also gives a public reading and a craft talk. The Fellowship includes a $2500 stipend, overnight accommodations, and travel.
The Fellowship is named for the American novelist and playwright Douglass Wallop (1920-1985). He was the author of 13 works, the most famous being The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954), which went on to be adapted by Wallop and co-writer George Abbott into the Tony Award-winning musical “Damn Yankees.” Wallop himself graduated from the University of Maryland and for many years lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Applicants should send a cover letter (outlining qualifications and reasons for interest in position) as well as a sample of their work to Assistant Director Lindsay Lusby:
The Rose O’Neill Literary House
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
For the spring 2015 Douglass Wallop Fellowship, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 1, 2014.