Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant

NET and the Playwrights’ Center are delighted to continue our partnership in support of collaborations between NET members in the Ensemble category and members of the Playwrights' Center's Core Writers Program.

Now in its 11th year, the jointly offered Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant awards one $4,000 grant annually. In an effort to increase opportunities for ensembles and playwrights to collaborate together and examine best practices and new models for working together, The Playwrights' Center and NET offer the Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant towards the development and creation of a new theatrical work.

The goal of the activities is creative exchange between a NET ensemble member and a Playwrights' Center playwright; grant funds can be used to support commissions, travel, artist fees, and other related expenses. Competitive applications will discuss mutual benefits and interests, what the playwright and ensemble hope to learn from one another, and project details.


Open to NET members in the Ensemble category, and members of the Playwrights' Center's Core Writers Program. Previous recipients of the Grant may reapply after three grant cycles.

2021 Application Process

MAR 11 - Quick ID Deadline

NOTE: You do not need to have a partner selected or provide any details at this point, just express that you are interested in considering an application.

  • NET Ensembles: email Patricia Garza, Director of Programs and Engagement at [email protected].

Please include the name and email of a primary contact person, and a company website.

  • Playwrights’ Center Core Writers: email Julia Brown, Artistic Programs Manager at [email protected].

MAR 18 - NET and Playwrights' Center Release RFP

The RFP will include contact information and names of the ensembles and playwrights that have expressed interest in applying, so that you can initiate conversations with potential collaborators and explore possible partners for a joint proposal submission. Details about the elements of the proposal will be provided in the RFP.

  • Proposals must be for collaborations between NET ensembles and PWC playwrights from the list provided in this RFP.  Collaborations with playwrights or ensembles that are not on this list are not eligible for consideration.

MAY 13 - Proposals Due

JUNE 25 - Notifications Sent Out

The funds for the grant must be used by June 30, 2022, though it has been our experience that additional collaborative activity will continue beyond that date.

See Past Recipients for examples of prior funded collaborations: