Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship
for playwrights of color
It is with both joy and sadness that Working Title Playwrights announces the launch of the Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship, funded through an anonymous donor. This scholarship will fund an annual WTP membership for an Atlanta-based playwright of color.
The Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one recipient per year for five years. The recipient will be announced before the June 30 Membership Drive and will begin their WTP membership on July 1.
Those interested in becoming a recipient should send a short artistic statement, resume and writing sample to Amber Bradshaw (email@example.com) about how their involvement with WTP will benefit both them and the local playwriting community – and how Roz’s epitaph speaks to them (please see the epitaph below in bold). Please title your email submission “Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship Submission”. WTP is now accepting submissions and will continue to welcome them until June 1st, 2018.
“Roz was a great believer of WTP’s mission and appreciated the organizations commitment to inclusion and diversity,” says Patrick Cuccaro, a playwright who, with Roz, co-authored Uncivil Warrning, which was recently showcased at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. “The scholarship is a fitting way to honor Roz and extend her legacy of looking out for others, especially those who might otherwise be overlooked.”
Roz died on Christmas Eve, 2017, at the age of 68 after a prolonged illness. Along with her skill as a writer, Roz was known for her generous spirit.
“Roz was a friend and comrade” says WTP Managing Artistic Director, Amber Bradshaw. “Her presence in WTP will be missed. I am grateful we have the opportunity to honor her nurturing spirit with this scholarship”.
“I am only gone in body, which served me well for 68 years. My body got tired, but my spirit wil l live on. I now look forward to serving and loving you in ancestral form.” —Roz Ayres-Williams, 1949-2017.