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The Confluence Regional Writers Project was developed in 2018. Our goal is to further foster a regional culture of playwriting by providing support and inspiration to emerging playwrights in St. Louis and its radiating regions through a Playwriting Fellowship, an Emerging Playwrights Cohort, and new plays commissioned and developed by the Festival.

This program is specifically designed to give playwrights a chance to get feedback, collaboration, public readings of their new work and a dedicated space to develop their skills with others in the field.

About the Project

2020 Cohort members have committed to:

•  Attend a weekend retreat in October 2019 in St. Louis.
•  Travel to St. Louis once monthly, November 2019 through November 2020, for writing sessions, workshops, and mentorship activities.
•  Complete a full-length play for a public reading in November of 2020.

The Confluence Regional Writers Project is not reserved for adaptations of Shakespeare, or work related to Shakespeare.

Special consideration will be given to playwrights who are interested in doing community-based playwriting based on interviews and research, in the spirit of Cornerstone TheatreThe Civilians, or our own Shakespeare in the Streets.

Diversity is one of our leading values, in terms of race, gender identification, age, and relative physical ability.

Cohort Memebrs


2019 Cohort
Shualee Cook (St. Louis, MO)
Kristin Idaszak (Chicago, IL)
Mariah L. Richardson (St. Louis, MO)
Carter W. Lewis (St. Louis, MO), 2019 Fellow

Nancy Bell (Program Director) is the author of six Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations, two of which received St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards for Outstanding New Play. She has also written two plays for children inspired by Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Festival Education Program and for the St. Louis Symphony. Nancy was also recognized in 2017 with the St. Louis Visionary Award.  She is the Program Director of Theatre at Saint Louis University.

The inaugural Confluence Regional Writers Project was generously funded by Sondra & Dorsey Ellis.