2022-2023 Fellows:

Aaron Coleman, Playwriting
Nicholas Connors, Musical Theater Writing
Joriah Kwamé, Musical Theater Writing
Matthew Libby, Playwriting
Zizi Majid, Playwriting
Julián Mesri, Musical Theater Writing
April Dae Okpwae, Musical Theater Writing
Gloria Oladipo, Playwriting
SMJ, Playwriting

2024-2025 National Fellows:

Alan Stewart, Playwriting
Beth Kander, Playwriting
Germaine Shames, Playwriting
Hope Villanueva, Playwriting
Joe Barsanti, Musical Theater Writing
Katie Winkler, Musical Theater Writing
Lachrisa Grandberry, Musical Theater Writing
Nabra Nelson, Playwriting
Nicolette Blount, Musical Theater Writing
Petron Brown, Playwriting Fellow
Orlando Morales, Musical Theater Writing


DGF Fellows Program Chairs

Michael Korie, Musical Theater Chair
Jess McLeod, Musical Theater Chair
José Rivera, Playwriting Chair
Nikkole Salter, Playwriting Chair


Since its inception in 2000, the Fellows program has given over 160 writers a path forward in the industry, with several going on to achieve the highest levels of recognition in both theater and film.

Fellows alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen, In Transit, Coco), Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls, The Wedding Gift), Michael R. Jackson (Pulitzer Prize Winner, A Strange Loop), Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Antoinette Nwandu (Pass Over), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, La La Land), Lauren Yee (The Great Leap, King of the Yees), and many more.

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DGF National Fellows Program

Our historic Fellows program has expanded to have a virtual offering for playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists located across the United States.

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