Twin Cities-based playwrights Rhiana Yazzie and Andrew Rosendorf (pictured) have won the McKnight Fellowship in playwriting, the Playwrights’  Center has announced. The two writers will receive a $25,000 stipend, plus an additional $3,900 to support writing of new plays, play development and travel.

Rhiana Yazzie

Yazzie, who has twice won the Jerome Foundation fellowship in playwriting, founded New Native Theatre in 2009. That company recently held a 10-minute play festival featuring Native American playwrights. Yazzie has commissions from New York’s Public Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Rosendorf’s plays include “Tranquil,” which will premiere at Luna Stage in New Jersey next year.

New York-based playwright Francine Volpe, author of “The Good Mother,” has won the McKnight national playwright residency, which comes with $19,750 in commission, travel and housing funds. She will be working on a new play about online dating.

“I’m so proud that writers at all points in their journey—whether they are just out of school or have years of productions under their belts—find an artistic home and individualized support at the Playwrights’ Center,” Jeremy B. Cohen, the center’s producing artistic director, said in a statement.

Andrew Rosendorf

The center also announced new additions to its roster of core writers who have access to the center's resources, including booking time for workshops and play development. Playwrights Larissa FastHorse, Mat Smart, Martyna Majok, Jason Gray Platt, Gabrielle Reisman and Harrison David Rivers join an illustrious list that includes Lee Blessing, Kira Obolensky, Carlyle Brown, Jeffrey Hatcher and Aditi Brennan Kapil.

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