The Residency



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2020 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Application Information

Applications are closed. We are leaving the information up for writers curious about applying in 2021, but please note our guidelines might change.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting 9 consecutive weeklong residencies between June 28 and August 30 in summer 2020 for musical theatre writing teams. Each team receives a private retreat and lives in their own home in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY. There is only one musical theatre writing team in residence each week. There are no actors available, as this retreat focuses solely on writing.
All the writers' costs are covered by our generous donors including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, The Noël Coward Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. Thanks to them, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides each writing team:

  • A fully furnished private home for one week, Sunday to Sunday

  • Food – you shop on your first day and cook for yourself

  • Pianos – A Yamaha AvantGrand N3 hybrid baby grand piano, an upright acoustic piano, and Yamaha P125 digital keyboard. 

  • Travel: For writers living in the New York City area, we cover round trip train from NYC to Poughkeepsie. If you have a car, we reimburse your gas purchase. If writers live outside of NYC and need to fly in, we reimburse actual air fare up to $750 per writer. 

  • A $500 stipend for each writer

  • Peer advisor – If you wish, you can work with one of our Sounding Board members (artistic advisors) before arriving in Rhinebeck to discuss your goals for your week.


Applications for summer 2020 residencies have closed.

There are two rounds of evaluation. In the first round, applications are reviewed by 2 readers and are judged on the quality of the musical. You will know by late-March whether or not your application will continue to the final round. In the final round, all applications are read by members of our Sounding Board, who judge on the quality of the musical and the writers' goals for their week as stated in the "Background and Artistic Goals." The final selection will be announced in late April.

Before you begin the online application, you must read "Eligibility, Requirements, and Guidelines" and, additionally, have all your information ready and complete it in one sitting. This page lists all you need to gather to complete the application and has the link to the online application.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email

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