To engage professional and emerging actors, directors, and playwrights in developing, producing, and presenting new plays.
"The theatre has grown into one of our community's most remarkable gems"
- Michael J. Smith, Westchester County Legislator
Axial Theatre and Howard Meyer’s Acting Program
To Award The Heisler Scholarship for Playwriting for 2013-14
Deadline for Submissions, January 15, 2014
Robert Heisler, an editor and theatre critic who wrote locally for the Journal News and a number of metro area dailies including the Daily News, Newsday, and the New York Post, passed away in the spring of 2012 at age 60. He was a friend to Axial Theatre and had reviewed several Axial productions. In a filmed tribute to Heisler, Howard Meyer, Axial's Artistic Director, said, “We were blessed that he responded our work…The loss was not only of a man who put Axial on the map, but of a true theatre lover, an incredibly good writer… and a friend.” Noting that his greatest regret was not being able to “say goodbye” and to “thank Bob for his encouragement,” Meyer says that the Heisler Scholarship is one way of saying thanks.
The awards will be based on need and merit. Applicants must submit a writing sample, either a short play or play sample, maximum 20-pages, or five pages of fiction and an essay and some basic financial information. Judges will include Meyer and members of the Axial Theatre company.
The Robert Heisler Playwriting Scholarship Generously donated by: Sean McKinley, Michael O'Toole, Peter Kramer, Judson Scruton and the Gannett Foudation. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants, chosen based on merit and need, to participate as students in our playwriting program. Applications will be available in the summer of 2013.
Howard Meyer was interviewed for the recently published book: Those Who Walk With Fire, edited and compiled by John Daubney. For more information, please log on at www.johndaubney.com. Click here for an excerpt from the book.