John Walch

Resident Playwright

2007 -- 2014

John Walch's plays include In The Book Of, Tea-Totaled, The Dinosaur Within, Circumference of a Squirrel, The Nature of Mutation, Jesting with Edged Tools, Craving Gravy or Love in the Time of Cannibalism, Alice Threw the Looking Glass (a parody of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style), Iraq: A Love Story, as well as numerous one acts, collaborations, and shorts. His plays have been produced at theaters such as Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Kitchen Dog, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. His work has been developed or commissioned through The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Bricolage Theatre, New Harmony Project, The Playwrights' Center/PlayLabs, and the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

Awards: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays; the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award; the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre for DoubleTime, the Charlotte Woolard Award from the Kennedy Center recognizing a promising new voice in the American Theatre; the Marc Klein Playwriting Award; and three Austin Critics Table Awards. John is a two time Sloan Fellow, and was a James Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas @ Austin, where he earned his MFA in Playwriting. John served as artistic director of Austin Script Works, and has taught playwriting at UT @ Austin, University of Iowa, and Bennington College, among others. Current projects include a musical with composer Nile Rodgers, and a new untitled play. John lives in Brooklyn, and is a resident playwright of New Dramatists.

ND Activity
  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    Each fiscal year four current resident playwrights are appointed to the Board of Directors by the Writers' Executive Committee. The playwright board members enjoy full voting and decision-making powers minus the financial requirements of non-playwright directors. They provide a valuable and artist-centered perspective on the governance of New Dramatists.

  • 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.

  • Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award

    Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award

    Created as a memorial to the late John Lippmann, a much-loved and respected New Dramatists board member, the Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award seeks to assist playwrights in opening up new frontiers of the imagination, through travel and adventure.

  • Loewe Award

    Loewe Award

    The Frederick Loewe Award is an annual award (selected by an outside committee) in music-theatre given to a New Dramatists playwright and his/her composer partner for the development of a new music-theatre work.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

  • Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill is a catch-all phrase for events designed to stimulate discussion among the resident playwright company on artistic and professional issues. Some are private-just for resident writers-most are open to the public, and they almost always include drinks and snacks.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

Read Sample

an excerpt from The Dinosaur Within

MISS WELLS: What is this? Where am I?
WORRU: In the dreaming.
MISS WELLS: I’m having a dream?
WORRU: We are in the hollow of life’s great footprint—
MISS WELLS: Well that certainly clears it up.
WORRU: —walking through the realm of the dead before entering it completely.
MISS WELLS: Is it a no smoking realm?
WORRU: I see no sign telling us not to.
MISS WELLS: Thank god for that. You want one?
WORRU (reaching for cigarette.) Mmm . . .perhaps. . .yes.
MISS WELLS: It’s menthol.
WORRU: Oh, then, no. I don’t want one.
MISS WELLS: What is this? Where am I?
WORRU: In the dreaming.
MISS WELLS: I’m having a dream?
WORRU: We are in the hollow of life’s great footprint—
MISS WELLS: Well that certainly clears it up.
WORRU: —walking through the realm of the dead before entering it completely.
MISS WELLS: Is it a no smoking realm?
WORRU: I see no sign telling us not to.
MISS WELLS: Thank god for that. You want one?
WORRU (reaching for cigarette.) Mmm . . .perhaps. . .yes.
MISS WELLS: It’s menthol.
WORRU: Oh, then, no. I don’t want one.
MISS WELLS: What is this? Where am I?
WORRU: In the dreaming.
MISS WELLS: I’m having a dream?
WORRU: We are in the hollow of life’s great footprint—
MISS WELLS: Well that certainly clears it up.
WORRU: —walking through the realm of the dead before entering it completely.
MISS WELLS: Is it a no smoking realm?
WORRU: I see no sign telling us not to.
MISS WELLS: Thank god for that. You want one?
WORRU (reaching for cigarette.) Mmm . . .perhaps. . .yes.
MISS WELLS: It’s menthol.
WORRU: Oh, then, no. I don’t want one.

Playwright Buzz

March 16, 2014

IN THE BOOK OF opens in Seattle

Taproot Theatre presents the play March 26-April 26, 2014.

Lieutenant Naomi Watkins returns stateside and opens her home to faithful friend and Afghan translator, Anisah. When Anisah’s visa is called into question the whole town goes to war over this suspicious stranger. But as fireflies light up the night, romance launches a stealth attack showing us that anything can happen.

Tickets and details can be found here: http://taproottheatre.org/in-the-book-of/

April 18, 2012

In The Book Of @ Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre will present a reading of IN THE BOOK OF as a part of their 2012 Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series.

For more info see:
BroadwayWorld

Tickets:
Florida Studio Theatre
FST playreading series

December 18, 2011

First Week of Rehearsals for IN THE BOOK OF

Excited and grateful for a great cast and crew for IN THE BOOK OF, opening January 8, 2012 at Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

In The Book Of, rehearsals

November 5, 2011

Final Weekend for THE DINOSAUR WITHIN in Los Angeles

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Final performances for Theatre @ Boston Court's production of my play, THE DINOSAUR WITHIN. Thanks to all who have come out in support and to the cast and crew for bringing it to life!

October 29, 2011

CAST FOR IN THE BOOK OF!

A week of casting, lots of great people, heart-rending decisions, but very excited with the final cast for my new play, IN THE BOOK OF, premiering at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in January 2012.

Contact Info

Susan Gurman Agency
The Susan Gurman Agency
1501 Broadway, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10036
212.749.4618

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