Applications for new residency for African-American playwright due Aug. 31


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Aug. 3, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie, in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, is inaugurating a new residency for an African-American playwright from September through June 2016.

    The selected artist will be invited to work with both the museum and theater to create a short-play series on issues of African-American history in Indiana to be performed at Conner Prairie and other venues.

    The 10-month residency includes writing and workshop space, research support, dramaturgy and a $4,000 stipend. The schedule of work will be determined at the beginning of the project.

    To apply, send a cover letter of introduction with a short summary describing interest in the project, a resume and five page samples of recent plays to Catherine Hughes at hughes@connerprairie.org and Keesha Dixon at kdixon@asantechildrenstheatre.org.

    There are no age restrictions or fees to participate. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. The winner will be announced Sept. 14.

    Asante Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization with a focus on youth development through acting, dancing, singing and storytelling. Located in Indianapolis, at the theater the arts are taught from an ethnic perspective within the context of African and African-American culture.

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.