James McManus

Resident Playwright

2010 -- 2017

James McManus, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2010, grew up in a decaying steel mill town near Pittsburgh. He did not read or see a play until he was old enough to order a drink and is still not sure how this all happened. James is the author of six plays: Dorothy 6, Bulldog Whiskey, Underground, Cherry Smoke, Over/Under and Blood Potato. His plays have been developed and performed at The Working Theater, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Clockwork Theatre, Glass Umbrella Creative (Sydney), Gurnet Theatre Project, The Kennedy Center, The BE Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barebones Productions, Irish Repertory Theatre, Son of Semele, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center, The Inkwell, Diverse City Theater Company, and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. James was the recipient of the 2006 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and dog.

ND Activity
  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

  • Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA is forging new partnerships with five producing theatres or networks of producing theatres across the country. Each partnership is designed to commission a writer to create a new script; provide one to two years of writer-driven support and Lab work at New Dramatists; culminate in a full production staged with the partner theatre; and support future productions and the play's continued life. The partners are Cornerstone Theater Company, the National New Play Network, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, and a network of alternative theatres in Austin. Each project is funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Princess Grace Award Fellowship

    Princess Grace Award Fellowship

    The Princess Grace Award in Playwriting was created by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 1994 to seek out and support exceptional, emerging American playwrights. The Award provides the winning writer with a year-long residency at New Dramatists, a $7,500 stipend, and a publication opportunity with Samuel French.

Contact Info

Susan Gurman, Agent
1501 Broadway, 30th floor, New York, NY 10036-5601
Tel: 212 749 4618 Fax: 212 864 5055
susan@gurmanagency.com
www.gurmanagency.com

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