For over two decades, Signature Theatre has advocated the playwright’s extended creative input. As the first theatre company to dedicate an entire season to a single writer’s body of work, it’s fitting that this institution explores diversity through its Time Warner Foundation funded Residency Five program. Through Residency Five, Signature Theatre identifies thought-provoking artists and makes a multi-year commitment to playwrights, offering financial and development support over the course of five years to produce three new works.
An in-depth survey of creative perspective, Residency Five is essential so that audiences have access to the perspectives of creators from all walks of life. Time Warner Foundation is proud to contribute to the workshops, housing, finances, and facilities that make it possible for these artists to be heard.
Pulitzer Prize winner, Annie Baker, said of the program, “Not only does it give me an unprecedented feeling of community and support, but it allows me to write the kind of plays I want to write.” The brilliant body of work produced by underrepresented artists will be expanded upon by Residency Five. Between Baker and her fellow residents, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Regina Taylor, Martha Clarke, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes, Residency Five playwrights have won the Obie Award, the Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and MacArthur Award. Jacob-Jenkins was named a MacArthur fellow for the Class of 2016. This standard of excellence has also welcomed the program’s latest cohort of artists: Obie Award-winner, Dave Malloy, and Kennedy Prize for Drama Award-winner, Dominique Morisseau.
For more information on Signature Theatre and Residency Five, please visit their website: http://www.signaturetheatre.org/