Submission Deadline:

May 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Finalists will be notified on:

June 5, 2020

Recipient(s) will be notified on:

July 10, 2020

Residency term:

September 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022

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Launched in 2012, I AM SOUL - Playwrights Residency Program is the only program in the country that is dedicated to Black playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field, with a commitment to a production. Coined as a dream MFA program, this residency also seeks to unleash the soul of a playwright on the page so that they can develop, hone and explore new ways of artistic expression in a safe, supported and transformative environment.  


Alongside NBT’s Artistic  Director, the selected playwright (s) will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and two 29-hour workshops. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.  

Current Residents

Previous Residents

Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Bayano)

Eric Micha Holmes  (Mondo Tragic)
Lee Edward Colston II (The First Deep Breath

Derek Lee McPhatter (Serious Adverse Effects)

Angelica Chéri (I Will Not Lie To David)

Nambi E. Kelley (Blood)

Dennis A. Allen II (Manhood)

Aurin Squire (Zoohouse)

Mfoniso Udofia (Her Portmanteau)

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's

National Black Theatre
Institute of Action Arts