Application Review

    Application Review offers the opportunity for playwrights working on grant, fellowship, and graduate school applications to receive personalized feedback on application material from award winning playwright and New Dramatists resident, Stefanie Zadravec.

    Why Review

    This service is ideal for the writer who feels their application materials aren’t making the necessary impact. For many writers it’s difficult to write about the work they create in a way that feels authentic. Stefanie will help you sharpen your applications, present a cohesive work sample, and give you tools for creating stronger applications by developing ways of writing about yourself and your process in a way that stands out, yet feels specific, personal and real.

    It’s a Four Step Process

    1. You will be asked to submit information regarding the application you are working on and up to 10-pages of the drafted application materials for Stefanie to review. Any work samples included in your ten pages will be evaluated in terms of impact and overall cohesiveness, not on merit.
    2. Stefanie will meet with you by phone or Skype session for 30-45 minutes to discuss the application and give personalized feedback.
    3. You revise and resubmit up to 15 pages of your application and materials. (Most playwriting fellowships only allow you to submit 15 pages or less of material.)
    4. Stefanie will meet with you for  by phone or Skype for up to 30 minutes to discuss the revision.



    To register for Application Review, email: and indicate your interest in the program and which package you would prefer.

    “I worked with Stefanie Zadravec to create a personal statement that expressed my aesthetic and goals clearly, concisely, and energetically. She was a kind, generous mentor who guided me through the daunting process of writing about my writing. Stefanie’s insight and advice helped me write a personal statement that I was proud to include in my application to the Playwright’s Realm Writing Fellowship. I’m now a Writing Fellow at the Realm, where I am developing a new play. Thank you, Stefanie and PlayPenn!”

    -Emma G., PlayPenn Student, Application Review Participant

    “I owe a lot of my success in getting into grad school on my application. My application would not have been what it was without Stefanie Zadravec and PlayPenn’s Application Review. She went through each line of my essay and gave me so many ways to focus what I was saying. She also took my resume and elevated it to something that is incredibly professional. I was proud of my application when I sent it to Carnegie Mellon and felt like I had been given tools that would help me with any application that I worked on in the future. Stefanie is an incredibly intelligent and caring person and she fully brings those qualities into this. I can’t recommend working with her enough.”

    -John O., RAD Playwright

    When I signed up for the Application Review with PlayPenn, I thought I might get a few useful notes and a 45 minute coaching call (based on the very affordable price).  What I got was much, much more.  I cannot say enough about the value of this unique service.  Not only did my reviewer spend two coaching calls with me, she gave me prepared, thorough, and insightful edits, while being down-to-earth and encouraging.  My statement of objectives for submissions now ROCKS.  Thank you PlayPenn and Stefanie.

    -Brigitte V.