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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

March 24, 2015

New Dramatists to Honor Brian Stokes Mitchell at 66th Anniversary Spring Luncheon

Brian Stokes Mitchell

New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor Tony Award winning actor and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, Brian Stokes Mitchell with our 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at the 66th Annual Spring Luncheon.  Read More

January 16, 2015

New Dramatists Announces Connie Hall as Artistic Programs Producer

New Dramatists, a Tony Award recipient and the nation’s longest running community of playwrights, announces that Connie Hall has re-joined the staff in the role of Artistic Programs Producer. Connie worked for the organization in the capacity of Grants Administrator from 2009-2012. The new position will support Artistic Director Emily Morse in her vision to expand the range of conversations, collaborations, and creative processes explored by playwrights at New Dramatists.   Read More

December 8, 2014

Jerome Foundation Honors 31 Years of Support for New Dramatists

On Monday, December 8th, Robert Byrd of the Jerome Foundation visited New Dramatists to present a citation celebrating the foundation’s 50th anniversary and 31 years of support for New Dramatists.  Read More

June 27, 2014

New Dramatists Announces New Members of the Playwright Company

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights is proud to announce the addition of eight writers to New Dramatists’ company. This talented group of theatre artists was selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists playwrights, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 504 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month evaluation process. The playwrights are: Eric Dufault, Matthew Freeman, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Basil Kreimendahl, Matthew Paul Olmos, christopher oscar peña, Lynn Rosen, and A. Zell Williams. They will be in-residence through 2021. New Dramatists will kick off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration on Monday, September 8, 2014.   Read More

June 3, 2014

Todd London Receives 2014 Miss Lilly Award

On Monday, June 2nd at Playwrights Horizons out-going New Dramatists Artistic Director, Todd London, was awarded a 2014 Miss Lilly Award. This award goes to a male theatre professional who is a great champion of women theatre artists.   Read More

April 30, 2014

Emily Morse is Named the New Artistic Director of New Dramatists

New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, announces that Emily Morse will assume the position of Artistic Director beginning in July. Morse, on staff at New Dramatists since 2001 and currently serving as Director of Artistic Development, assumes the position from Todd London who leaves New Dramatists after eighteen years to become the Executive Director/Professor of Drama at the University of Washington where he’ll oversee undergraduate, MFA and PhD programs, training and productions.   Read More

April 14, 2014

New Dramatists Awarded $350,000 from the Rosin Fund of the Scherman Foundation for NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS

New Dramatists, the nation’s longest-running community of playwrights, was awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund to support NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS, a comprehensive initiative that deepens the organization’s support of a resident company of 50 outstanding playwrights. NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS extends and enhances the writers’ programming of week-long creative development sessions through the Creativity Fund, a highly-successful initiative that places writers at the center of the new work development process. The Rosin-Fund sponsored project also underwrites New Dramatists’ launch of a Virtual Home, enabling writer access to New Dramatists-sponsored technology tools, from anywhere, at any time.   Read More

March 17, 2014


New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, proudly announces that we will honor five-time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman with our 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 65th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute, to be held Thursday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Among the Stroman collaborators offering tributes will be Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck performing a selection from Little Dancer, Taylor Mac performing a selection from The Last Two People on Earth, Tony nominee Marin Mazzie performing from Bullets Over Broadway; and Contact collaborator John Weidman, and cast members from The Scottsboro Boys. The event co-chairs are Letty Aronson, Roy Furman, and Julian Schlossberg.  Read More

February 7, 2014

Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon Win Weston Playhouse New Musical Award

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon's String as the winner of its eighth annual New Musical Award. Book writer Hammond and composer/lyricist Gwon describe String as "a musical fable about the three Fates and a fall."   Read More

January 27, 2014

Samuel D Hunter and Braden Abraham Talk Seattle Rep's "A GREAT WILDERNESS"

New Dramatists resident playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Branden Abraham recently talked with Broadway World Seattle about the upcoming production of Samuel's play A Great Wilderness at Seattle Rep.  Read More

January 13, 2014

Beyond the Culture Wars: A Conversation

Playwright J.T. Rogers and economist Eric Helland have been friends since childhood. Rogers, the author of Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming and other plays, and Helland, a professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles and a former adviser to the White House under President George W. Bush, found themselves, as they grew to adulthood, engaged in raging political disagreements. One ongoing argument concerns the propriety and the efficacy of public funding for the arts. On more than one occasion, Rogers and Helland have been asked to share their well-reasoned disagreements with an audience. The latest such event was an early-August session at New Dramatists, organized by American Theatre magazine and dubbed by the speakers “Beyond the Culture Wars: Arts Funding in America, Part 2.”  Read More

December 11, 2013

New Dramatists On the Road to Weston Vermont

From left to right: Peter Nachtrieb, Qui Nguyen, Barbara Hammond, John Walch, Clarence Coo; Front row: Emily Morse.

In November, the wonderful folks at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT hosted a writing retreat for six New Dramatists playwrights. New Dramatists supplied the transportation, food, of course the playwrights, and one staff member to coordinate it all for the week. Weston provided location location location; two beautiful old homes with multiple bedrooms, separate writing spaces, many bathrooms and working fire places right on Main Street in the quaint village of Weston, VT, that has not one, but TWO country stores!  Read More

November 22, 2013

2013 PlayTime Developmental Studio Playwrights Announced

Clockwise from top left: Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, John Walch and Jenny Schwartz

New Dramatists, an artistic home and creative laboratory for talented, professional playwrights, is holding its eleventh annual PlayTime Developmental Studio December 2 through 14. This year’s playwrights are Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, Jenny Schwartz and John Walch.  Read More

November 11, 2013

Love on San Pedro: Playwright James McManus on Hunger

Love on San Pedro is a play I wrote after spending the last year getting to know the people of the Downtown Skid Row community. It is fiction liberally peppered with the details of lives lived on the streets of Los Angeles as told to me by those who were generous enough to share their time, pain, joys and sufferings over many hundreds of hours of interviews, both planned and unplanned.   Read More

November 5, 2013

Video: Todd London - I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation

Artistic Director Todd London, Executive Director Joel Ruark and resident playwright/board member Deborah Stein attended the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture in Denver, Colorado from October 20 - 22 as invited representatives of New Dramatists. Todd's speech I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation was featured as part of the Artists as Agents of Change session of the summit.  Read More

October 10, 2013

First Full Stage USA Project to Hit the Stage as Cornerstone Debuts New James McManus Play in November

New Dramatists resident James McManus is the first of five playwrights commissioned through Full Stage USA - a joint-project between ND and partner theaters across the country - to have his play debut. Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theater Company opens Love on San Pedro on November 7.  Read More

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