Friday, April 26, 2019
student posing in the Old Capitol

Charles Green, who will receive an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa this May, is the winner of a Fulbright Arts grant in Creative Writing/Playwriting to Germany for 2019-20

Charles Green

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Award: 2019-20 Fulbright Arts grant in Creative Writing/Playwriting to Germany
Degree: MFA playwriting

Could you give me a brief synopsis of what you'll be doing with your Fulbright?  

I will be researching and writing a play about the relationship between assimilated German-Jews and refugee Eastern-European Jews in 1920s Berlin.

What drew you to this field of study?

My identity as both a German and Eastern European Jew, and my desire to navigate rifts in the Jewish community today, promoting de-assimilation as a bulwark against the infectious residues of western civilization.

How do you envision this will influence your life/future career?

I hope that this experience will allow me to immerse myself in the vibrant Yiddish scene currently taking place in Berlin, allowing me to further explore my identity as a Jewish artist. 

What advice do you have for future students interested in applying for a Fulbright?

Find a project that speaks to your soul and that you need to undertake. I think that if your intentions are mercenary, you'll crumble under the pressure. 

Are there individuals you'd like to thank for their investment in this process?

Art Borreca, Dare Clubb, Megan Gogerty, Lisa Schlesinger, Elizabeth Heinemann, Karen Wachsmuth, Bruce Nottingham-Spencer, Asya Vaisman Schulman, Rebbe Menachem, and Mendel Scheerson.


Explore the many funding opportunities open to UI students and alumni

Students are encouraged to begin their funding searches and applications at least six months to one year in advance.  Schedule an advising appointment with Karen Wachsmuth to discuss your interest in an international fellowship or begin an application (as a UI undergraduate student, graduate student, or alumna/us).