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2018–2019 ANNUAL REPORT


Sustain. Develop. SUSTAIN. DEVELOP. CONNECT. Connect. Three small words with huge implications, encapsulating all that we do. Each year, the Playwrights’ Center contributes in the success of burgeoning, early career, and established playwrights, providing, individualized support at critical moments. Its generous fellowships afford financial and developmental support to writers at a variety of stages in their careers, continuing the amplification of new voices and untold stories that keep American theatre vibrant and vital. Workshop and development opportunities offer dozens of local and national writers crucial chances to see and hear their work embodied, and their voices reflected back at themselves. Through the Regulars partnership program, connections are made between writers and producers, creating a pipeline to fast-track new work into the nation’s leading theaters. Beyond this, the Playwrights’ Center boasted a 2018–2019 membership of over 2,100 playwrights located across North America and around the world, whose benefits included submission and publishing opportunities, instruction and guidance from top theatre minds, and a rich and constantly growing network of fellow theatre artists. By acting as a nexus between stories and audiences, ambition and opportunity, need and fulfillment, Playwrights’ Center works to re-knit our fraying world and move us to a better future.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter From Leadership 5 Fellowships 6 Core Writers 8 Affiliated Writers 9 PlayLabs 10 The Ruth Easton New Play Series 11 The Regulars and Partnerships 13 Productions in the USA 14 Membership 16 New Plays on Campus 17 Core Apprentice Program 17 Financial Review 18 Board of Directors and Staff 20 Contributors 21

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Ivory Doublette and Thomasina Petrus in Stacey Rose’s Legacy Land. Photo by Paula Keller.

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Masanari Kawahara in Brown Paper for McKnight Theater Artist Works in Progress. Photo by Paula Keller.


THEATER Begins Theater BEGINS Here HERE As you enter the Playwrights’ Center, whether at our building or online at pwcenter.org, you’ll be greeted by these words as a reminder that we are all together in the process of making theater. In 2018–2019, hundreds of playwrights—from seasoned veterans to those picking up a pen for the first time—actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and other theater-makers encountered those words, with the simple intention to tell a new story. As we look back to last year’s artists and artmaking, we celebrate the development of over 70 new pieces of theatre at the Playwrights’ Center. From Stacey Rose’s “exorcism of past hurts” in Legacy Land, to Carlyle Brown’s stunning musical exploration of humanity’s relationship with faith in The History of Religion, to Mfoniso Udofia’s Lifted, chronicling the lives of a family of Nigerian immigrants, we supported the development of contemporary stories, inspiring empathy and understanding, creating connection and sharing fresh perspectives. The impact of our work extended far beyond the walls of the Center. More than 50 productions of plays developed here reached tens of thousands of audience members across the country, and around the world. Whether it was Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play at Playwrights’ Horizons (and in 10 more theaters around the country), Ken Urban’s A Guide for the Homesick in London, or Christina Ham’s West of Central at Pillsbury House Theater, not a week passed without hundreds of audiences laughing and crying to the lyricism of a new Playwrights’ Center developed piece. Our membership program reached new heights, providing over 2,100 playwrights with educational opportunities and resources. We continued

to make classes and seminars more accessible digitally, allowing us to serve 300-400 members around the state of Minnesota and hundreds more beyond. Our New Plays on Campus Program grew to record numbers, connecting college students to a wealth of resources and opportunities. Critically, we were able to accomplish this expansion, better serve our community, and respond to the diversity of our playwrights while strengthening our balance sheet for a fifth consecutive year. The improvement in our core financial strength allowed us to make critical investments that will build a durable and adaptable financial future. This report reflects on the year past, but we can’t ignore the moment we’re in now: the time of COVID-19. We’re proud and also grateful that in this moment, we’re able to lean in, to support more artists, to find new ways to serve, and to strengthen connections to the community. Through the support of foundations, corporate and government partners, and individual supporters like you, we’ve been able to meet this moment with resilience. Because of that, we will continue to expand our impact: locally, nationally, and internationally, making the Center—and the Twin Cities—a world-class leader in new play development. Thanks to your support we continue to say proudly, theatre begins here…at the Playwrights’ Center.

Jeremy B. Cohen Producing Artistic Director

Robert Chelimsky Managing Director

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FELLOWSHIPS Perhaps no other type of program embodies the spirit of sustain, develop, and connect than our fellowships. Made possible in part by the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation, they provide over $305,000 each year for generous fellowship stipends, residencies, commissions, and development. Jerome Fellowships financially support early-career playwrights who demonstrate extraordinary potential and artistic vision. Many Voices Fellowships award funding to early-career writers of color. The Many Voices Mentorship awards a Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color with funding and curated writing and play development services. During a year-long residency in the Twin Cities, these fellowships receive funds to workshop new plays with directors, dramaturgs and actors, while working handson with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff.

Antonio Duke Many Voices Mentee

The McKnight National Residency and Commission funds a commission to create and develop new work. The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting awards two Minnesota-based playwrights funding for play development and other professional expenses, and The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship recognizes Minnesota theater artists other than playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. Playwrights’ Center also builds connections between the fellows and theater producers. This holistic combination of financial support, workshops with collaborators, and professional connections is career-changing for playwrights.

Masanari Kawahara McKnight Theater Artist Fellow

“The Jerome Fellowship was truly a dream. Reflecting on the year, the question I asked myself really revolved around balance. How can I live a sustainable, enriching life while also prioritizing my art? Jeremy said, ‘We support art, but we believe art comes from artists and artists are people. So this year is about tending to you as a person, whatever that may be.’ I really have come to understand what it takes to have balance in my life.” —Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, 2018–2019 Jerome Fellow

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Casey Llewellyn Jerome Fellow


Scott W. Edwards

Marvin González De León

Idris Goodwin

McKnight Theater Artist Fellow

Many Voices Fellow

McKnight National Residency and Commission

Elise Langer

May Lee-Yang

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

McKnight Theater Artist Fellow

McKnight Fellow in Playwriting

Jerome Fellow

Philana Imade Omorotionmwan

Tori Sampson

Haygen-Brice Walker

McKnight Fellow

Many Voices Fellow

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CORE WRITERS We support playwrights who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence through the Core Writer program, giving roughly 25–30 of the most thrilling playwrights from across North America the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. During their three-year tenure, Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, have the opportunity to be part of PlayLabs or the Ruth Easton New Play Series, and connect with an extensive network of universities and producing theaters. Designed to meet the particular needs of both emerging and established writers, the program’s significant resources have further developed many playwrights’ careers.

“The 15 hour workshop was an invaluable experience for the development of my play. Playwrights’ Center handed the reins to my director and me, giving us the freedom to play and experiment as much as we wanted. … The results were really profound. … I knew I was on the right path.” —Ray Yamanouchi, Core Writer, on his workshop for PURE//LOVE

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Lee Blessing

Carlyle Brown

Carson Kreitzer

Kim Euell

Dipika Guha

Jeffrey Hatcher

Martyna Majok

Marion McClinton

Kira Obolensky

Gab Reisman

Harrison David Rivers

Stacey Rose

Ariel Stess

Andrea Stolowitz

Ray Yamanouchi


Darren Canady

Erin Courtney

C.A. Johnson

FELLOWS AND CORE WRITERS BY THE NUMBERS

$237,250 DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO FELLOWS

Larissa FastHorse

Barbara Field

Allison Gregory

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TOTAL CORE WRITERS, FELLOWS, AND AFFILIATED PLAYWRIGHTS

$17,950

DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO CORE WRITERS Rachel Jendrzejewski

John Olive

Mat Smart

Marisela Treviño Orta

Jason Gray Platt

AFFILIATED WRITERS The Affiliated Writers program is open to all previous fellows and Core Writers. Representing some of the most venerable writers to benefit from our programs, the 290 Affiliated Writers remain closely allied to the Playwrights’ Center and our work connecting a community of artists with each other and the larger theatrical world in North America. We don’t call these writers “alumni,” as all playwrights are welcome to reapply for fellowships and programs. We encourage theater artists to take advantage of the resources we can provide throughout the years.

Stefanie Zadravec

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PUBLIC SEASON Through the PlayLabs Festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series, we further our commitment to developing and connecting playwrights and their work to audiences, artistic directors, and other theatre professionals.

PLAYLABS The 2018-19 season marked the 35th annual festival of new plays. Three Core Writers received over 30 hours of paid time to workshop their play with a team of artistic collaborators, culminating in two public staged readings of each piece. In addition to the three new plays presented, PlayLabs featured the Playwriting Fellows Showcase where scenes from plays by the Center’s 2018–19 fellows were presented to audiences, followed by a reception with the writers.

ANDREA STOLOWITZ The Berlin Diaries October 22 & 26, 2018

STACEY ROSE Legacy Land October 23 & 27, 2018

ARIEL STESS Kara & Emma & Barbara & Miranda October 24 & 27, 2018

PLAYWRITING FELLOWS SHOWCASE featuring excerpts from: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Tori Sampson  •  The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity by May-Lee Yang  •  Haboob by Marvin González de León  •  Rhonda’s Dad Dies In the End/Noone Really Cares/He Was a Racist/Anyways by Haygen-Brice Walker  •  American Prom by Idris Goodwin  •  Strong Face, Or Misogynoir by Philana Imade Omorotionmwan  •  O, Earth by Casey Llewllyn • This Party Sucks by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz 10

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( left to right ) Miriam Schwartz in The Berlin Diaries. Ivory Doublette and Thomasina Petrus in Legacy Land. Zoë Geltman in Kara & Emma & Barbara & Miranda. Photos by Paula Keller.


THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES Honoring actress Ruth Easton and her commitment to theater and new work, The Ruth Easton New Play Series, made possible by a gift of the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation, provides five Core Writers with 20 hours of workshop time to develop a new play with their artistic dream team, and two publicly performed readings. True to their namesake’s performances, many are “thoroughly touching” and “highly spirited and excellent.” In the past decade, more than half of the plays developed in this series have received full productions from theaters around the world.

ALLISON GREGORY Darling Boud (As In Loud) December 3 & 4, 2018

GAB REISMAN Jeune Terre January 14 & 15, 2019

CARLYLE BROWN The History of Religion February 4 & 5, 2019

“We were able to completely reimagine how this story could be told and build a

STEFANIE ZADRAVEC Tiny Houses March 4 & 5, 2019

KIM EUELL The Dance April 1 & 2, 2019

Images of playwrights rehearsing their work. Photos by Paula Keller.

foundation that allowed me to write a brand new, radically different Act II after our Ruth Easton workshop concluded.” —Gab Reisman, on Jeune Terre

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PUBLIC SEASON (continued)

PUBLIC SEASON AND WORKSHOPS BY THE NUMBERS

61

NEW PLAY WORKSHOPS

191 ACTORS 351 ROLES CAST 36 PUBLIC

PERFORMANCES

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48 DIRECTORS 26 DRAMATURGS 6 COMPOSERS 3 LIGHTING

DESIGNERS

3 MUSICIANS 1 DJ 2 SCENIC

DESIGNERS

1 PUPPET

DESIGNER

Director Danyna Taymor and Martyna Majok rehearsing the play queens. Photo by Paula Keller.


THE REGULARS We build partnerships through the Regulars program, connecting artistic leadership from over 100 theaters around the country with our playwrights; bringing them to the Center to spend time with writers and co-develop new plays, all with an eye towards production. We deepen connections between our playwrights and producers through the Visiting Artistic Leaders program of the Regulars, bringing 10–15 artistic leaders to Minneapolis to see our writers work through staged readings with some design elements. The impact of these Playwrights’ Center programs can be seen on stages across the country and around the world.

"I’ve benefited greatly from the Visiting Artistic Leaders program. It’s been an opportunity to meet … and reconnect with writers whose work I deeply value. PWC’s culture of care—thoughtful, rigorous, personal and professional care—inspires and informs our playwright-centered work. —Zak Berkman, Producing Director, People's Light

Nearly 70% of the plays presented through the Regulars have gone on to receive full productions within two years of the first workshop, compared to the national average of seven years to go from workshop to full production—that’s over a 71% decrease in time!

PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

111ENROLLED REGULARS $28,762 PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT SUPPORT

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PRODUCTIONS Productions in IN the THE USA PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER-DEVELOPED PLAYS PRODUCED DURING THE 2018–19 SEASON

PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER CONNECTION   Regular Workshop  

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  Partnership Project  

  World Premiere


George Brant Marie and Rosetta ƒ Mosaic Theater Company • Washington, DC • Aug–Sep 2018 ƒ Park Square Theatre Minneapolis, MN • Nov–Dec 2018 ƒ St. Louis Black Repertory Co St. Louis, MO • Jan 2019

Carlyle Brown Are you now, or have you ever been… ƒ Stage West Theatre • Fort Worth, TX • Feb–Mar 2019

Jenny Connell Davis The Scientific Method ƒ Rivendell Theatre • Chicago, IL • Oct–Dec 2019

Philip Dawkins The Gentleman Caller ƒ New Conservatory Theatre Center • San Francisco, CA • Mar–May 2019

Gabriel Jason Dean Heartland ƒ New Repertory Theatre • Watertown, MA • Jan–Feb 2019 ƒ InterAct Theatre • Philadelphia, PA • Mar–Apr 2019 ƒ Luna Stage • West Orange, NJ • Mar 2019

Larissa FastHorse The Thanksgiving Play ƒ Playwrights Horizons • New York, NY • Oct 2018 ƒ Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park • Cincinnati, OH • Mar–Apr 2019

Marcus Gardley black odyssey ƒ California Shakespeare Theater • Orinda, CA • Sep–Oct 2018 ƒ Trinity Repertory Company • Providence, RI • Jan–Feb 2019 ƒ Central Square Theater • Cambridge, MA • Apr–May 2019 The House That Will Not Stand ƒ New York Theatre Workshop • New York, NY • Jul–Aug 2019

Idris Goodwin The Way the Mountain Moved ƒ Oregon Shakespeare Festival • Ashland, OR • Jul–Oct 2018

Christina Ham West of Central ƒ Pillsbury House Theatre • Minneapolis, MN • Sep–Oct 2018

Kate Hamill Little Women ƒ Jungle Theater (Partnership) • Minneapolis, MN • Sep–Oct 2018 ƒ Primary Stages • New York, NY • May–Jun 2019

Samuel D. Hunter The Few ƒ Theatre Horizon • Norristown, PA • Mar–Apr 2019

Aditi Brennan Kapil Brahman/i ƒ 1st Stage • Tysons, VA • Jul 2018

Basil Kreimendahl We’re Gonna Be Okay ƒ B Street Theatre • Sacramento, CA • Aug–Sep 2018

Carson Kreitzer Lempicka ƒ Williamstown Theatre Festival • Williamstown, MA • Jul–Aug 2018

Martyna Majok queens ƒ La Jolla Playhouse • La Jolla, CA • Jul 2019

Harrison David Rivers And All the Dead Lie Down ƒ Convergence-Continuum • Cleveland, OH • Jul 2018 This Bitter Earth ƒ About Face Theatre • Chicago, IL • Nov–Dec 2018

Peter Sagal Denial ƒ Gremlin Theatre • St. Paul, MN • Dec 2018

Tori Sampson Cadillac Crew ƒ Yale Repertory Theatre • New Haven, CT • Apr–May 2018

Jen Silverman Wink ƒ Marin Theatre Company • Mill Valley, CA • Jun–Jul 2019

Mat Smart Tinker to Evers to Chance ƒ Artistry MN • Bloomington, MN • May 2019

Kate Tarker Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man ƒ The Wilma Theater • Philadelphia, PA • Apr–May 2019

Ken Urban A Guide for the Homesick ƒ Trafalgar Studios • London, UK• Fall 2018

Ken Weitzman Halftime with Don ƒ B Street Theatre • Sacramento, CA • Sep 2018

Josh Wilder Leftovers ƒ Company One • Boston, MA • Jul–Aug 2018 Salt Pepper Ketchup ƒ InerAct Theatre • Philadelphia, PA • Oct–Nov 2018

Deborah Yarchun Bomber’s Moon ƒ Williams Street Repertory • Crystal Lake, IL • Sep–Oct 2018

Lauren Yee King of the Yees ƒ Baltimore Center Stage • Baltimore, MD • Oct–Nov 2018 ƒ San Francisco Playhouse • San Francisco, CA •Jan–Mar 2018 The Great Leap ƒ Guthrie Theater • Minneapolis, MN • Jan–Feb 2019 ƒ American Conservatory Theater • San Francisco, CA • Mar 2018 ƒ Arts Club • Vancouver, Canada • Apr–May 2019 ƒ Denver Center Theatre • Denver, CO • Mar–Apr 2019 ƒ InterAct Theatre • Philadelphia, PA • May–Jun 2019

Martin Zimmerman Seven Spots on the Sun ƒ University of Iowa • Iowa City, IA • Apr 2018

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Membership MEMBERSHIP EVERYONE HAS A STORY. Believing theater and culture is richer when new and diverse voices take center stage, Membership is open to all people worldwide. From the first-time writer in ideation to the seasoned professional working on their next great work, the program caters to all levels of experience and all types of writing styles. Membership is also accessible. For $75 per year or $8 per month (or free on a case-by-case, needs basis for low and no income applicants), individuals can sign up to gain access to the industry’s largest curated submission opportunities database, receive script feedback and development support, access playwriting tools and a library of writing articles, participate in informal open play reading groups, work in depth with professional dramaturgs, attend seminars and classes at a discount or for free, receive staged-readings with the best actors in the Twin Cities, and join an online community of over 2,100 writers. For many, Membership is the entryway to the world of professional playwriting.

"I have been inspired by the Center’s process  … I had a one-on-one dramaturg session with Deborah Yarchun. The feedback was concise, direct, detailed and extremely helpful. I am in the process of finishing a third draft   … great program.” —Robert Miller, Member, reflecting on his first time writing a full-length play.

MEMBERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

212 NPOC

5 MEMBER

MEMBERS

STAGE READINGS

ABU DHABI

138 SEMINAR

618 PLAY SUBMISSION

2,106 MEMBERS 34 1-ON-1

FARTHEST ONLINE SEMINAR REGISTRANT

OPPORTUNITIES

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ATTENDEES

DRAMATURGY SESSIONS

24 OPEN PLAY SESSIONS & 111 WRITERS IN ATTENDANCE

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SEMINARS/ CLASSES

33 NPOC

SCHOOLS


NEW PLAYS ON CAMPUS New Plays on Campus (NPOC) is an institutional membership program of the Playwrights’ Center that fosters the next generation of playwrights. The program puts the best new plays in America into the hands of college and university theaters and connects students and faculty with working, professional playwrights. NPOC members receive online playwriting seminars, script matching services, and playwright residencies, either on-campus residencies, on-site commissions, teaching, or direct collaborative work with students. Member schools may also nominate their students to participate in the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship program.

CORE APPRENTICESHIPS The Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice program is a unique and high-profile opportunity. In partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the Core Apprentice program provides three student playwrights each year with a nine-month mentorship with a professional playwright and a twelvehour new play development workshop at the Playwrights’ Center at the end of term.

THE 2018-2019 CORE APPRENTICES

Lily Padilla

Drew Paryzer

Lauren Wimmer

University of California San Diego

The University of Texas at Austin

Carnegie Mellon University

“The Playwrights’ Center challenges writers to bring their most tender and courageous selves into being. I’m thrilled to breathe life into my play How to Defend Yourself with their support and mentorship.” —Lily Padilla, Core Apprentice, How to Defend Yourself received a co-world premiere at Humana Festival in March 2019.

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Financial FINANCIAL Review REVIEW Fiscal Year 2019 marked the fifth consecutive year of robust, deliberate growth for the Playwrights’ Center. That growth continues to make the organization more durable and able to withstand fluctuations in the field and in our economic environment. Fueled by year-over-year operational surplus augmented by the cash benefit of a funded depreciation model, FY19 capped off five years of steady growth in our net assets. In the last three years alone, we’ve seen our unrestricted net assets increase by 6%. Little of this organizational growth would be possible without deep institutional and governmental support. We’re grateful for our enduring collaboration with foundation, state and federal partners. In order to support the artistic vibrancy of Playwrights’ Center programs, we also strive to enhance our organizational flexibility. We’ve done that by diversifying our income, with a particular focus on growing the least restricted income areas. Earned income has increased 102% over 5 years, and in that same span, individual contributions have grown a remarkable 324%. This makes us more adaptable and better able to invest where we believe we can best serve the field. Your support paired with our continued efforts to keep the Playwrights’ Center financially durable and adaptable ensures a bright future, both for the organization and the artists we support.

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INCOME BREAKOUT Membership Partnerships

EXPENSE BREAKOUT

Other Earned

6%

Facility

1%

1%

General Operations

7%

Artistic/ Program Staff

14%

28%

Events & Individuals

30% Corporate

1%

Administrative & Support Staff

Foundation

51%

Government

21%

6%

Fellows & Playwrights Artistic Program Expenses

17%

13%

UNRESTRICTED REVENUE

44% GROWTH $ 1,743,684

FY19 FY19

Unrestricted Net Assets:

$1,663,826

$ 1,212,495

FY14 FY14 0

500000

1000000

INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

1500000

2000000

324% GROWTH

$942,391

$335,800

FY19 FY19

Increase in Money Supporting Artists and Artistic Development from Prior Year:

$ 79,200

FY14 FY14 0

50000

100000

150000

EARNED REVENUE

200000

250000

300000

Money Supporting Artists and Artistic Development:

350000

$115,552

102% GROWTH $ 208,720

FY19 FY19

$ 103,501

FY14 FY14 0

50000

100000

150000

200000

250000

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THE People The PEOPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carla Paulson, President Barb Davis, Vice President Maura Brew, Secretary Ann McCague, Treasurer Jeffrey Bores Carlyle Brown Geoffrey Curley Mary Beidler Gearen

Chelle Gonzo Jeff Hedlund Char Hovi Sara Johnson David Kim Rebecca Krull Kraling Annie Lebedoff Kira Obolensky

Mark Perlberg Adam Rao Harrison David Rivers Christopher Schout Steve Strand Harry Waters Jr. Jeremy B. Cohen, Ex Officio Robert Chelimsky, Ex Officio

Gregory Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications

Emily Matthees, Executive Staff Administrator

STAFF Jeremy B. Cohen, Producing Artistic Director Robert Chelimsky, Managing Director Alayna Barnes, Office and Company Manager Julia Brown, Artistic Programs Administrator Youyou Chen, Media Coordinator

Hayley Finn, Associate Artistic Director

Whitney Rowland, Institutional Development Manager

H. Adam Harris, Education Coordinator

Mark Valdez, Many Voices Coordinator

Katie Hey, Director of Individual and Major Gifts

Megan West, General Manager

Hannah Joyce-Hoven, Director of Membership Programs

“This experience was amazing. I was blown away by the way the Playwrights’ Center simply said “yes, no problem” to most everything I dreamed to ask. Jeremy B. Cohen talks about asking playwrights not only what they need, but what they want, and this experience felt like total embodiment of that value.” —Rachel Jendrzejewski, Core Writer

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CONTRIBUTORS THANK YOU! The Playwrights’ Center gratefully acknowledges our funding partners and donors. Represents gifts from July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019

INSTITUTIONS $100,000+

$50,000­–$99,999

$25,000­–$49,999

The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust $2,500–$24,999

$1,000–$2,499

In Kind

ArtSpace Projects, Inc. Boss Foundation Dual Citizen Brewing Co. The Head Family Foundation KNOCK, Inc. Piper Jaffray & Co. Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation VSA Minnesota

Carolyn Foundation Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation Securian Financial Foundation

Afro Deli Steven Dietz Dual Citizen Brewing Co. HGA Architects & Engineers Rebecca Krull Kraling* McKnight Foundation Pizza Lucé Precision Grind

Up to $999 Amazon Smile Best Buy Foundation CoBank NorthstarMLS

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INDIVIDUALS $10,000+ Anonymous (1) Barb Davis* Barbara Field Mary Beidler Gearen* Diane and Mark* Perlberg Wayne Zink and Christopher Schout*

$5,000-9,999 Omar and Rebecca Ansari Jeffrey Bores* and Michael Hawkins Elizabeth Grant Bruce and Jean Johnson Peter and Carla* Paulson Family Fund Dana and Steve* Strand Margaret VB Wurtele

$2,500-4,999 Anonymous (1) Eric Anderson and Roger Beck Barry Berg and Walter Tambor Robert P. Englund Polly Brown Grose Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation Tessa Gunther and Scott Hagg Jeff Hedlund* and Amy Apperson Sara Johnson John and Kathy Junek Heather and John Leiviska Jennifer Melin Miller and David Miller David and Leni Moore Family Foundation Randall and Gail Ross Mary Anne Ebert and Paul Stembler*

$1,000-2,499 Anonymous (2) Toni Nebel Bjorklund and Lee Bjorklund Peter and Maura* Brew Robert and Emily Chelimsky Jeremy Cohen and Michael Elyanow

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John Geelan and Megan Feeney Rosenbaum-Gilbert Family Foundation Sam and Shani Graber Janet Jones and Rob Reul Lucy Rosenberry Jones and James E. Johnson Miriam and Erwin Kelen Kinder Vealitzek Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Chad M. Larsen/ Larsen Fund Annie Lebedoff* Firouzeh Mostashari Wendy Nelson Adam Rao* and Elizabeth Emery Mary and Adam Sellke Marcia and John Stout John Sullivan Weiser Family Foundation Greg Giles and Teresa West Ginger Wilhelmi*

$500-999 Anonymous (1) Harrison David Rivers* and Christopher R. Bineham Jane Blanch William Casey Jon Newman and Brooks Christensen Fran Davis Erika and Nathan Eklund Beth Gaede Amy Warner and Michael Haney Char Hovi* Dr. Art Kaemmer Mary and Royce Kloehn Rebecca Krull Kraling* and James Kraling Charlie and Anne Leck Walt McCarthy and Clara Ueland Ed McConaghay and Margaret Telfer James A. Payne Brian Pietsch and Christopher Hermann Steven Snyder and Sherry Stern

Joe Waechter and Jeremy Mickel Suzanne Weinstein and Danny Levey William White

$250-499 Peggy Steif Abram and Jon Abram Anonymous (1) Lee Blessing and Melanie Marnich George Brant and Laura Kepley Eric Britt Andrew Caddock Sarah and Matt Chaplin Allene Cohen Jay and Page Cowles Lesley Ferris Larissa Kokernot and Karl Gajdusek Mark and Jane Gavens Katie Hey Willard Kitchen Faye Knowles and Doug Muirhead Alexandra Kulijewicz Sally and Jonathan Lebedoff Doug and Mary Logeland Robert and Lucy Mitchell Timothy Pabst and Dana Lindsay Charlie Quimby and Susan Cushman George Steitz Meg and Stephen Swanson Paula Vogel Harry Waters Jr.* and Thomas Borrup Jane Zilch

$100-249 Connie Anderson Howard J. Ansel Mark Arneson Karen Bachman and Robert Fisch James Ball Patricia Barrier Kate Beckman Zak Berkman and Teri Lamm Jeannette and Jeffrey Bineham dik Bolger and Carmen Gutierrez-Bolger Carlyle Brown* and Barbara Rose-Brown


Robert P. and Debbie A. Brown Bob and Carolyn Bye Jeanne Corwin Marilyn J. Doyle Nancy Finn Hayley Finn and Andrew Dolan Janie Finn Seth Freeman Pamela and Joshua Gruber Craig Harris and Candy Kuehn Leah Harvey and Steve Rosholt Pierre and Juliane Hecker Pamela Heilman Cecily Hines and Thomas Pettus Kaethe Morris Hoffer and Matt Hoffer Morris Julie Jensen Margaret Johnson Sarah Johnston Bobbi and Louis Kaplan Shirley and Arnold Kaplan Terence Kilburn David Kim* Jonna Kosalko and Dan Rabin Neal and Abigail Kreitzer Sigi Leonhard Edith Leyasmeyer Karen Hartman and Todd London Beth MacDonald Anne Mahle and David McCarthy David Manderson Jeff Masco Timothy Mason Sam and Patty McCullough R. Troy Miller Patricia Mitchell Patricia Murphy Jon Neuse and K.C. Foley David Odenbach and John Stefany Tonja Orr Jim and Susan Peterson Elizabeth and Wes Pfeifer Denise Prosek and Milton Ferris Roger Purdy and Janet Hey Larry Redmond and Eddie Ellington Audray Rees

Shannon Robinson Charlene K. Roise Bill Schoppert Kenneth and Katie Searl Jerrie Steele Virginia Sundberg Elizabeth Thimmesh and Matthew Johnson Andrew Troth Gene Valek Jean Watson and Christopher McLaughlin Wendy Weckwerth Beth Wegener Ruth and Carl Weiner Michael Wilson and Jeff Cowie Sally Wingert and Tim Danz Michael Winn* Joan Heule Wright and Jeffrey Wright Stephanie Yankwitt Laura Zabel and Levi Weinhagen Laura Zimmermann

Up to $99 Anonymous (1) Valetta Anderson Chris and Mary Apgar Donald and Joyce Arneson Marcia Aubineau Carol Barnett Florence Brammer Ginny and Will Craig Philip Dawkins John DeLaire Robert C Droddy Philip Duran Mary Easter Emilee Elofson Scott Elyanow Jill Engeswick Diane Faissler Peter Fleck and Mary Weber Seymour and Annette Gavens Robin Gillette Susana Gluck

Connie Goldman Ain Gordon Rachel Greene Janet Allen and Joel Grynheim Matt Haar Alex Hagen Andrew and Amy Jendrzejewski Rachel Jendrzejewski Lauren Johnson Mervyn Kaufman Adeeb Khalid and Cheryl Duncan Brad and Toni Knorr Carol Lichterman Mark Lutwak and Y York Bruce Manning and Tricia Cornell Susan Marrash-Minnerly Matthew McIver Lynne Menturweck Ellen Merlin Winter Miller Miriam Must Douglas Nopar Jennifer and Joe Novak John Olive and Mary Brozic Tyler Olsen William Parry Barb and Rick Person Noël Raymond and Amy Finch Sara Richardson Whitney Rowland Virginia and Perry Rutter Ralph Schnorr Amanda Schroder Lipica Shah Michael Shann Barbara Shelton Rossi and Penelope Snipper Don Sommers and Brad Shark Eric “Pogi” Sumangil Carl Atiya Swanson and Stacy Schwartz Ken Urban Ellen and John Walthour Lori-Anne Williams * Board Member

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The Playwrights' Center 2018-2019 Annual Report  

The Playwrights' Center 2018-2019 Annual Report. The report covers PWC's Jerome, Many Voices, and McKnight fellows, Core Writers, Affiliated...

The Playwrights' Center 2018-2019 Annual Report  

The Playwrights' Center 2018-2019 Annual Report. The report covers PWC's Jerome, Many Voices, and McKnight fellows, Core Writers, Affiliated...

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