Dedicated to the Playwright
In Loving Memory
New Dramatists is deeply saddened by the loss of beloved friend and Board Chair, Seth Gelblum, who passed away August 8th. Seth passed away peacefully in his home after a long illness.
Seth has been our loyal partner and advocate since 1989 when he attended his first board meeting and helped us to face the most challenging time in our organization's history. We feel fortunate that he let us into his life and that he gave so much of it to this beloved organization. It is not an exaggeration to say that nearly three decades of playwrights (and others into the future) have New Dramatists as a resource thanks to Seth’s boundless heart and limitless dedication to the work of generative artists. He has been both a driving force in our work and a constant reminder that our job is simple: ask playwrights what they need and do our best to provide it . . . then ask again, to make sure we got it right.
We reflect fondly on our 2013 Luncheon where we honored Seth for his extraordinary accomplishments, and then further celebrating with him this past June as he received a well-deserved Tony Honor for his work supporting and advocating for theatre artists.
There has been an outpouring of love from our Board and playwrights, and in the words of Matthew Freeman, current resident playwright, "He left a legacy of good works and adoration. We should all hope for that kind of life."
Seth was truly one of a kind and will be missed beyond measure.
After winning the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, alumna Sarah Ruhl made a gift of $5,000 to New Dramatists to set up a child care reimbursement fund for playwrights. In January, 2017, with the support of alumna, Julia Jordan, The Lilly Awards Foundation’s Board of Directors matched Sarah's gift with an additional $5,000, and in so doing, created the Lilly-Ruhl Fund. Read More
New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor 10-time Tony Award®-winning producer Daryl Roth and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel with their 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards at its 68th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. The event will be held Tuesday, May 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Read More
New Dramatists is now accepting submissions from composers only for the Composer-Librettist Studio to be held at New Dramatists beginning Wednesday, January 18 and ending Friday, February 3, 2017.
On Monday September 12, as New Dramatists launches its 68th season of service to outstanding playwrights, we announce our dedication of the upcoming year to Seth Gelblum, a tireless advocate for this organization - and artists in general, as one of the field's leading attorneys. The entire New Dramatists family deeply mourns the loss of Seth, who passed away on August 8, 2016. Read More
Playwright Emma D. Stanton, the 2016 Princess Grace Fellow, whose play, No Candy, received the 2016 Princess Grace in Playwriting Award. Emma will be in residence for the 2016-2017 season. Read More
Hammaad Chaudry, Keelay Gipson, and Monet Hurst-Mendoza have each won an Edward and Sally Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship at New Dramatists. Each fellow will receive a cash grant of $10,000 per fellow per year for two years, ($20,000 per fellow for the cycle); a two-year residency (July 2016-June 2018) at New Dramatists, which includes access to the Playwrights Lab programs; a profile page on the New Dramatists website, the use of the building as a place to work and conduct meetings, a vibrant community of diverse playwrights; individual mentorship matched with each Fellow from New Dramatists resident company of playwrights; a Van Lier Fellow Soiree introducing their work to field colleagues in the first year of their fellowships; and a “festivalized” presentation of their work within the second-year. Read More
Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Callaway, Bowden, The Frederick Loewe and The Lippmann Family New Frontier Awards
At the 67th Anniversary Spring Luncheon, held on May 12, 2016, New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, announced several awards recognizing excellence and service in the field of new play development. Read More
New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Sam Chanse, Kate Cortesi, Aurin Squire, Lloyd Suh, Mfoniso Udofia, Ken Urban and Brian Watkins. They will be in-residence through 2023. These supremely talented theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 359 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month consensus based evaluation process. New Dramatists will kick off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall. Read More
New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor six-time Tony Award winning actress, Audra McDonald with our 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award at the 67th Anniversary Spring Luncheon to be held Thursday, May 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Read More
New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of eight writers to its resident company: Clare Barron, Kara Lee Corthron, Mashuq Deen, Jessica Dickey, Jen Silverman, Karinne Keithley Syers, Cori Thomas and Melisa Tien. They will be in-residence through 2022. Read More
ND: In Depth Podcast
March 15, 2017
Episode 11: Resistance Loves Company, Part 1
In this segment, resident playwright Sam Chanse brings together fellow writers/educators/theatre administrators to share responses to the presidential election and the new administration, and how they are navigating the terrain. What specific strategies are playwrights using to take action, what is the intersection of theater and resistance, and how can we sustain our energy going forward?
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