What act yet mightier yet imagineth
Thy venturous spirit?

The Odyssey, Book IX
(tr. Chapman)

Lark Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program


Venturous Theater Fund and The Lark have partnered on a new fellowship program that will support the advancement of ambitious, risk-taking, and innovative plays by providing concurrent residencies for their authors, and advocating for their production by partner theaters.

Lark Venturous Fellows each receive an award of $50,000 over two years, as well as a Production Subsidy Grant of up to $50,000 to support a production of the play at a theater of the playwright’s choosing. Throughout their two-year fellowships, the playwrights are in residence at The Lark where they have access to an individually-tailored lineup of new play development and advocacy resources, including readings, workshops, writers’ groups, retreats, career guidance, and community engagement activities, designed to nurture their writing and advance their work into the repertoire.

2017 Recipients

The inaugural round of playwright/play recipients was announced in the spring of 2017:

For Want of a Horse by Olivia Dufault
Teenage Dick by Mike Lew

Today is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton.

In this pilot round, Venturous Playwright Fellows were selected through a multi-step curation process by Lark and Venturous Theater Fund staff, based on choosing work identified as “venturous,” i.e., challenging in form, controversial in subject matter, ambitious in scale, and/or experimental in concept.

The selection process for future rounds will be announced at a later date. We do not currently accept nominations or submissions for this program.

About the Plays

For Want of a Horse by Olivia Dufault 

Calvin loves Q-Tip. Calvin is a human. Q-Tip is a horse. A radically empathetic look into the world of zoophilia.

Teenage Dick by Mike Lew

A hilarious take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of power lust, Teenage Dick reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High.  Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?

Today Is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton

Emily is a would-be writer whose bubble life in NYC has popped. Finding life back home chaotic and unfulfilling, she becomes strangely activated after creating a sassy alter-ego for a radio bit. Told through a playful mixture of live radio, voicemail, and phone calls, Today Is My Birthday is a quirky comedy about life with a thousand friends on Facebook and no one to have dinner with on Saturday night.

Supporting Risk-Taking, Experimentation, and Ambition in the Theater