McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships

by Jessica Stolen

The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive.

The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center recognize theater artists other than playwrights. The intent of the program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and attributes of artistic merit. The $25,000 fellowships are intended to significantly advance recipients’ art and careers.



  • Professional artists who have been continuous residents of Minnesota since March 28, 2023 are eligible to apply. Fellows must maintain residence in Minnesota during the fellowship year (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025). Fellows must have the legal right to work in the United States.
  • The Theater Artist Fellowship is open to actors, directors, dramaturgs, stage managers, and theatrical designers (including puppetry). Artists working in other disciplines of live theater may be eligible to apply—contact Julia at to discuss your specific situation.  It is also open to those choreographers and composers whose main body of work is in theater. Playwrights are not eligible for this award. (Playwrights are encouraged to apply for the McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting. Composers, choreographers, visual artists, and other artists whose work is not primarily in theater are encouraged to apply for the McKnight Fellowship in their field.)
  • Full time students at any level are not eligible.
  • Recipients of 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 McKnight Artist and Culture Bearer Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible.
  • Previous recipients of the Fellowship must submit a work sample consisting only of work that occurred after their last fellowship term (for example, if you were a fellow in 2009-10, then your work sample must only include work from 2010 or later).
  • Only individual artists are eligible; applications from collaborative groups are not accepted.
  • Staff and board members of the McKnight Foundation or the Playwrights’ Center and their immediate families are not eligible.
  • Applicants may only apply for one McKnight Artist and Culture Bearer Fellowship each year in any of the disciplines listed below.

 The McKnight Fellowship disciplines include: Printmaking (Highpoint Center), Book Arts (MCBA), Fiber Arts (Textile Center), Choreographers and Dancers (Cowles Center), Media Artists (FilmNorth), Visual Artists (MCAD), Ceramics (NCC), Composers (ACF), Musicians (MacPhail Center), Writers (the Loft), Playwrights (Playwrights’ Center), Theater Artists (Playwrights’ Center), Culture Bearers (Indigenous Roots), and Community-Engaged Artists (Pillsbury House).

CLOSESMarch 28, 2024 11:59 pm

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