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Throughout the year, NYSAF hosts residencies for artists and fellow theater companies in need of additional development resources. Those residencies support our artists in a range of ways, from providing physical space for one artist in a room, to supporting a cast of twenty for a private presentation. During our summer Powerhouse Season, we welcome artists and staff members from The Lark Play Development Center, who join the Powerhouse community yearly to develop their work and engage with Powerhouse artists and projects. Other recent artists and their projects include Michael Cerveris, Stephen Belber, Dan Finnerty and developmental workshops of American Idiot, Head Over Heels, and Hadestown.

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NYSAF offers several Awards, Fellowships, and additional residencies to early-career writers and directors, and fellow theater companies, to provide additional development resources, artistic feedback, and access to the superb creative community that NYSAF fosters. 


The Pfaelzer Award was created in honor of Johanna Pfaelzer’s twenty-year commitment to nurturing artists and their developing stories at NYSAF. Selected in consultation with Johanna, the recipient receives artistic and administrative support for projects of their choosing throughout the year, culminating in a residency during NYSAF’s summer season, which will include a reading, workshop, or other developmental activity that best supports the artist and their work. The recipient will be actively involved with the rich community of NYSAF artists and artistic staff, and has the opportunity for project mentorship from Johanna Pfaelzer.

2020 Estefanía Fadul


The Founders' Award for Emerging Playwrights was created on the occasion of the company's 25th anniversary, in honor of the founders Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, and Leslie Urdang's enduring commitment to nurturing writers at the earliest stages of their careers. The Founders' Award Recipient receives a one-month residency during the Powerhouse Theater Season, where they work with the rich community of artists, and New York Stage and Film's artistic staff. They receive a professional reading of their latest play at the end of the residency, and a monetary award.

2010  Eric Bernat

2011  Jonathan Caren

2012  Don Nguyen

2013  Sarah Gancher

2014  Suzanne Heathcote

2015  Harrison David Rivers

2016  Max Vernon

2017  Ngozi Anyanwu

2018  Korde Arrington Tuttle

2019  Keelay Gipson

2020 Kirya Traber


New York Stage and Film offers the annual Dasha Epstein Fellowship to an emerging writer or director who is a student or alumni of Barnard College during the Powerhouse Season. These young artists work with our staff and other professional mentors to hone their craft, and engage in their own creative projects within our vibrant artistic community.

2012 Emma Goidel

2013 Natalie Molina & Kai-Hsian Tu

2014 Emily Sorenson & Kate Sullivan

2015 Nissy Aya

2016 Sarah Eleanor Linda Minnie Scarr

2017 Andrea Jo

2018 Christine Aucoin

2019 Nell Bailey &  Louisa Melcher

2021 Kay Kemp


Through the support of The Dramatists Guild Fund, NYSAF welcomes a current DGF fellow to the Powerhouse Season, where they join the artistic community and work with NYSAF artistic staff on their own projects. 

2013 Tatiana Suarez-Pico

2014 Sarah Sanders

2015 Camille Darby​

2016 Jerome A. Parker

2017 Zoey Martinson

2018 Keelay Gipson

2019 Erika Dickerson-Despenza


A partnership between The Drama League and New York Stage and Film and funded in part by the Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts, the Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellow is in residence for the duration of the Powerhouse Season for intense career development and an exploration of the techniques involved in the development of new musicals. Learn more here

2019 Ben Randle

2021 Sivan Battat


Presented in partnership between New York Stage and Film and The Ziegfeld Club, Inc., The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award offers a prestigious $10,000 grant that aims to celebrate an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and clearly demonstrates how the grant money & mentorship will further her artistic career. Learn more here.

2020 Tidtaya Sinutoke