The Mark Plesent Commission Fund 2024

The Mark Plesent Commission Fund supports the annual commission and development of new plays by working people. The commission provides mentorship, as well as financial and developmental support. Up to two commissions will be awarded annually to promising writers from our constituency of working people, who have not had the privilege or the resources to self-identify or support themselves professionally as artists, but who have shown extraordinary talent, consistency of practice, and a commitment to writing within the mission of Working Theater.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Please check back in early January 2025 for information on how to apply next year. 



This is meant to be a safe and inclusive space that will offer mentorship, support, and community to those who are seeking to develop their voice. Whether you’ve secretly always loved writing, are discovering a new creative interest, or anything in between, we’re looking for undeveloped and undiscovered voices who need room to grow.


Recipients will be announced at Working Theater’s Annual Bridge Awards & Benefit in May/June 2024. Participants will receive a commission fee of $2,000 and be provided with a professional playwright mentor to advise and guide them in the process. The mentorship will begin in late spring 2024 and culminate in a developmental workshop with professional directors and actors in fall 2024. 


Step 1: Application 

Step 2: Finalist Interviews (April 2024 via zoom/phone) 

Step 3: Recipients Selected and Notified (April 2024)


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due by Feb. 25th at 11:59PM ET. 


Working Theater exists to bridge the access gap to theater.  We bring stories for, about, and with working people to the professional stage in NYC.  Working with our community, we aim to remove barriers such as relevance and affordability so that working people can experience and engage with theater in their everyday lives.