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Today

Dedicated to the Playwright

In Loving Memory

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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.

ND News

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New Dramatists Dedicates its 68th Season to Seth Gelblum

Seth Gelblum with the Resident Playwright Company at the 2013 Spring Luncheon

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

July 29, 2016

Emma D. Stanton Named 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow

Emma D. Stanton

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

June 28, 2016

THREE PLAYWRIGHTS SELECTED FOR THE 2016-2018 NEW DRAMATISTS VAN LIER PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP

Hammaad Chaudry, Monet Hurst-Mendoza and Keelay Gipson

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

May 16, 2016

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

May 16, 2016

New Dramatists Announces Seven New Playwrights Join the Resident Playwright Company

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

March 4, 2016

67th Anniversary Spring Luncheon to honor Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

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

June 9, 2015

New Dramatists Announces Eight New Members of the Resident Playwright Company - The Class of 2022

Clare Barron, Kara Lee Corthron, Mashuq Deen, Jessica Dickey, Jen Silverman, Karinne Keithley Syers, Cori Thomas, Melisa Tien

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

May 15, 2015

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Callaway, Bowden and Lippmann Family Awards

At the 66th Anniversary Spring Luncheon, held on May 14, 2015, New Dramatists announced several awards recognizing excellence and service in the field of new play development.  Read More

April 20, 2015

New Dramatists Launches ND: In Depth - a new podcast series celebrating the eclecticism of the resident playwright company

ND: In Depth - available at newdramatists.org, iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud

ND: In Depth, a new podcast from New Dramatists, is an ongoing series where playwrights meet the world in a variety of formats: interviews, panels, essays, and readings of new plays among other things. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the eclecticism of our community of writers and feature the topics on the forefront of their minds.   Read More

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