The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Theatre
The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young theatre professionals who demonstrate outstanding early achievement.
Professionals in the following fields are encouraged to apply:
Playwright and Book Writer
Designer for sets, costumes, lights, projections/video, sound, and/or puppetry
Composer and Lyricist
Applications are now closed.
Eligibility RequirementsMORE >
To be eligible for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:
1. Applicant must have been born outside the United States.
2. Applicant must not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2015 (born on or after January 1, 1977).
3. Applicant must:
• be a naturalized citizen of the United States;
• or be a permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States
• or be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the United States for at least 5 years;
• or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
4. Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.
5. Applicant must not be a past winner or finalist of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.LESS >
Selection ProcessMORE >
A panel of distinguished members of the theatre community will evaluate each application based on its quality, level of creativity, clarity of vision, and impact. The submitted work samples would have to show curiosity, originality, technical excellence, and potential for longevity within the field. The individuals chosen will have demonstrated commitment to their chosen field within theatre.
The prizewinners selected by the jury will be the candidates whose work best exemplifies the characteristics outlined above. Recommendations of the jury will be submitted to the Vilcek Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.
The winners of the Creative Promise Prize in Theatre will be notified by November 2015 and will be invited to attend the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards ceremony in New York City, in the spring of 2016. Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by the foundation.LESS >
Online ApplicationMORE >
Applications are now closed.LESS >
Frequently Asked QuestionsMORE >
Can more than one person from an institution submit an application?
Yes, we will consider each application in its own right.
Do applicants have to be nominated by their place of employment?
No, applicants are welcome to create and fill out an application on their own. They do not need to be sponsored.
I am currently here on an O-1/student/other visa; am I eligible?
You are eligible if you currently hold a valid O-1 or H1B visa and have been residing in the United States for at least five years. Any other visa status is not eligible.
I am currently in the process of applying for a green card; am I eligible?
If you are in the process of finalizing the application for a green card and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2015, please contact Phuong Pham, program officer, at email@example.com before submitting your application.
I am currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status; am I eligible?
You are eligible if you have an I-797 approval notice showing approval of the I-821D DACA application. If you are in the process of applying for DACA and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2015, please contact Phuong Pham, program officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your application.
I am over the age limit but not by much; can you make an exception?
Regretfully, we are not able to consider candidates who fall outside of our age limit.
I was born in Puerto Rico, Guam, or another U.S. territory; am I eligible?
Regretfully, we do not accept applications from individuals born in U.S. territories.
I was born outside of America, but to American citizens; am I eligible?
Regretfully, we do not accept applications from citizens who were born overseas but are American by birth.LESS >
If you have any other questions regarding the awards or the application process, please contact Phuong Pham, program officer, at 212-472-2500 or email@example.com.
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The Vilcek Trophy
The Vilcek Foundation commemorative prizes are each uniquely designed by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister, a testament to the individual achievements of each prizewinner.
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