The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise were established in 2009 as a complement to the Vilcek Prizes, to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements, and who often face significant challenges early in their careers. As with the Vilcek Prizes, the Creative Promise Prizes are awarded annually in biomedical science and in a changing category of the arts, this year recognizing accomplishments in the field of theatre.
Applications are currently open for the 2016 Creative Promise Prizes in Biomedical Science and Theatre. Three $50,000 cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Apply or recommend your friends and colleagues!
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
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
• be a permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States
• 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
• 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.
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.