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TyLie Shider named Playwright Fellow at ArtYard

originally published: 05/09/2023

TyLie Shider named Playwright Fellow at ArtYard

(FRENCHTOWN, NJ) -- New Jersey playwright TyLie Shider was announced as the inaugural recipient of the ArtYard Playwright Fellowship, a new initiative to support mid-career playwrights and theater artists.

Shider, an American playwright, poet, and journalist who was born and raised in New Jersey and lives in Minneapolis, was the inaugural playwright-in-residence at ArtYard in 2022 and is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center and an I Am Soul playwright-in-residence at the National Black Theatre.

“We are so honored to continue our work with TyLie Shider whose passion and talents is reshaping the American canon of theatre,” said Jill Kearney, ArtYard Executive Director. “We are excited to support his work turning overlooked histories into theatrical storytelling that moves us, gives us hope, and pushes us forward.”

The ArtYard Playwright Fellowship is a professional opportunity that recognizes and supports merit as well as the professional status of a mid-career playwright who demonstrates a sustained and consistent body of work. It is intended to help stabilize and accelerate the career of a mid-career playwright.

Shider will spend nine months in residency at ArtYard developing new work, working closely with ArtYard artistic and technical staff and Guest Theatre Curator Deonté Griffin-Quick. In addition to housing and rehearsal space, fellows receive a $20,000 stipend and a $8,000 play development budget to workshop new plays with professional dramaturgs and actors.

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“We created ArtYard’s new Playwright Fellowship because there are so few opportunities like it for mid-career playwrights and theater artists, especially in New Jersey,” Griffin-Quick said. “I am excited to be part of this because it is rooted in meeting the individual needs of the artist and builds long-term relationships between artists and ArtYard.”

The fellowship, which is modeled after similar programs offered by organizations such as the Playwrights Center, National Black Theater, and Hi-Arts, includes public engagements such as workshops or public readings, and culminates in a final showcase later this fall.

Shider hosted a staged reading of his contemporary docudrama “Whittier” at ArtYard in May, at the end of his month-long residency. The play follows a diverse community of neighbors quarantined in Whittier, Minn., days after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. The play is inspired by the graffiti, lawn signs, and murals created in protest of Floyd’s murder and is adapted from focus groups, interviews, and talks Shider conducted with neighbors, small business owners, and community leaders of faith during the 2020 uprisings in his neighborhood.

Another of his plays, “Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family,” was staged in October by Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, N.J. The National Black Theatre hosted a workshop production of another, “The Gospel Woman,” back in November.

“TyLie is an American playwright who brings a unique approach as a former journalist interrogating different kinds of voices to show how people interact with one another,” Griffin-Quick said. “His work is right in line with ArtYard’s mission to bring together unlikely people through the transformational power of art.”

ArtYard’s Playwright Fellowship is by invitation only. At this time, they do not have an open call or application process. They are looking to engage with mid-career playwrights/theatre artists who demonstrate a commitment to developing new, socially relevant, engaging work.

ArtYard’s mission is to be an incubator for creative expression and a catalyst for collaborations that reveal the transformational power of art. It offers interdisciplinary alternative contemporary art center comprised of an exhibition space, theater, and residency program, dedicated to presenting transformative artwork, fostering unexpected collaborations, and incubating original new work.

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ArtYard is located at 13 Front Street in Frenchtown, New Jersey.



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