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Writing retreats for female playwrights offered on North Haven

Oct 10, 2019

North Haven — Waterman’s Community Center offers three ten-day residential retreats to developing female playwrights in late winter and early spring 2020. Designed to encourage new voices in theater, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant will offer selected candidates time to create in a unique and beautiful setting and connect with the community there, sharing the power of theater to inspire.

Accepted playwrights will spend ten days on North Haven in February, March or April with the goal of working on new or in-progress writing projects. In addition, the playwright will collaborate with Waterman’s staff to plan one interactive community event during their residency.

The 2020 residencies include a private efficiency apartment, separate writing space with internet access, travel expenses covered up to $250 and a stipend of $500. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and identify as female. Residents will spend the balance of their time working and will have the opportunity to connect creatively with the island community.

Playwrights may also be invited to participate in a symposium planned on North Haven island in the summer of 2020: Female Playwrights: Challenges, Content and Accomplishments.

To apply, candidates must download the application from, complete it, and submit it via email to The application deadline is Nov. 30.

Waterman’s Community Center, 12 Main St., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that includes a 134-seat theater, classrooms, community and meeting space and more. Waterman's offers a wide range of programs and events for all ages; visit for more information.

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