New Plays - Resources & Developing Organizations
The New Play Exchange, a National New Play Network project, is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. Designed and built with the needs of the entire new play sector in mind, the New Play Exchange serves writers, producers, directors, artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturgs, publishers, agents, actors, professors, students, and even fans of the theater.
The Inkwell Theater is a writer’s theater company, dedicated to developing, supporting, and cultivating new plays and playwrights in the Los Angeles community. Focused exclusively on new works, we allow young artists and veterans alike to work in an environment of experimentation, freedom, and collaboration.
The Black Women Playwrights' Group (BWPG) serves African American playwrights writing for the professional theater. BWPG is an institution that reflects and serves our community, gives voice and an artistic haven to women who are writing their first play and to those who have won many honors and awards. We support the playwriting process by critiquing our members’ work, providing workshops and readings and information on production opportunities, as well as introductions to producers.
The Kilroys are a gang of playwrights and producers in LA who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action. We mobilize others in our field and leverage our own power to support one another. THE LIST includes the results of a survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights. It is a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights in the American theater.
Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) is a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters at all stages of their careers. We sponsor educational programs; provide awards, grants, and stipends; offer free space to create new works; and give emergency aid to writers in need. By supporting and nurturing the creators of today, we protect the stories of tomorrow.
The Welders is a DC-based playwrights’ collective whose mission is to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play development and production. The intent of that platform is to inspire and encourage members to take risks and make bold leaps in exploring the craft of playwriting; produce one performance of work created by each member playwrights over the course of three years; create significant, meaningful, direct engagement between artists and members of the community; and support future generations of DC-area playwrights.
We are a group of theater professionals who strive to showcase the talents of female writers and other theater artists, proving that there is no reason for male writers, directors and composers to have the overwhelming majority of produced work in New York City. Each summer, we produce our Summer Theater Festival in both New York City and Los Angeles. Year-round, we provide women writers, composers, and directors with resources to jump-start their careers in the theater industry.
INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission: providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home, and creating the structure and support to refine, rewrite and reimagine a new play. After 12 weeks, the final drafts of the INKtank plays are presented at PlayRISE, a culminating play festival of new works.
Through a broad range of initiatives, we provide writers with funds, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections, and the freedom to design and drive their own creative processes. We connect playwrights to communities in the U.S. through local partnerships, and reach across international boundaries to offer exchanges, residencies, and translation opportunities to playwrights from around the globe. As an organization dedicated to playwrights, directors are brought in by our writers and casting for all of our programs occurs at the discretion of writers and their directors.
The Launchpad of American Theater, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the stage.Founded in 1964 by George C. White and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, the O'Neill has launched some of the most important voices and works in American theater and has revolutionized the way new work is developed.O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs – and more.
Since 1955, Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs.
Playwrights Horizons is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. In a city rich with cultural offerings, Playwrights Horizons' 47-year-old mission is unique; we are the only major theater in New York with this specific mission. We have distinguished ourselves by the caliber of our work and our steadfast commitment to the voice of the American writer. It is a mission that is always timely, and it is essential to the future of the American theater.
In 1976, Jory started the internationally celebrated Humana Festival of New American Plays, the preeminent annual showcase of new theatrical work, underwritten since 1979 by The Humana Foundation, that draws theatre-lovers, critics, producers and playwrights from around the world. The theatre has produced over 300 Humana Festival plays (full-lengths, one-acts, monologues, T(ext) shirt and car plays) representing the work of more than 200 playwrights.
New Georges, founded in 1992, is a strategically small company with a national reputation as a vigorous home for theatrically adventurous artists (who are women). Through productions of highly theatrical new plays, several varieties of play and artist development programs, and our indispensable workspace, The Room, we support the largest ongoing working community of women theater artists in New York City.
The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. Like any great art form, musical theater is shaped by the events and philosophies of the day. The strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. It was with that idea in mind, 14 years ago, that the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) was created – to provide an effective platform to introduce new shows, new perspectives, and new blood into the musical theater canon.
Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange and provocative new plays by living American writers. Clubbed Thumb is a groundbreaker, with a precise curatorial vision and a remarkable track record for launching artists’ careers; and an incubator, nurturing plays, collaborations, and above all artists, through thoughtfully deployed resources, opportunities, mentorship and hospitality.