About Us



Officers and Directors

Seth Gelblum, Chairman *
Isobel Robins Konecky, President *
Robert Kuchner, Vice President/Secretary *
Robin Lynn, Vice President *
David A. Rahm, Vice President *
David C. Rosenzweig, Treasurer *

Charlotte Ackert
Susan Heller Anderson *
Dori Berinstein
Kirsten Berkman
Luis Castro
Betsy Cohn *
Gordon Dahlquist*
Jim Dale
Mark D’Ambrosi
John Guare
Willy Holtzman
Joanne Jacobson*
Susan Kraus
Sarah K. Lippmann
Sylvan Oswald**
Janet Cohn Slosberg
Charles Spence
Deborah Stein**
Jolyon Fox Stern
Abbie Van Nostrand
John Walch**
John W. Weidman
George C. Wolfe

Charles Best
Harding Lemay
Samuel “Biff” Liff
Francis Neuwirth

* Member Executive Committee
** Playwright Member


The life source of New Dramatists is our ever-changing company of playwrights. Each year, through the annual admissions process, we consider anew the question, “What is a New Dramatist?” Selecting a new group of incoming playwrights is a cyclical process of self-reflection, renewal and redefinition. It is our belief that this contemplation keeps the organization and playwright community vibrant, and ensures that we continue to represent emerging new writers and trends in American theatre.

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Current playwrights and alumni have won 16 Pulitzers (including 8 of the last 12), 24 Tonys®, 73 Obies, 17 Drama Desk Awards, 4 MacArthur Fellowships, and 12 Susan Smith Blackburn Awards.

New Dramatists itself received a Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence at the 2005 Obies and a 2001 Tony Honor for “blessing the theatre with new and exceptional works that have assured both a rich theatrical heritage and future for the American Theatre.”

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New Dramatists is continuing to find ways to expand the time, space and resources we provide playwrights so that they can realize their best work, establish an artistic community of fellow playwrights and collaborators, and equip themselves to become leaders in the field.

We are delivering to our writers more time in our workspaces in order to make true exploration possible. We are finding mutually beneficial ways to share what we do with our colleague theatres, while reaping for our writers the opportunities and expertise our partners can offer. Your support will enable us to extend our new play development resources both to writers and to producing theaters, ensuring the health and vitality of new play production across the country.

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  • Todd London

    Artistic Director

    tlondon.jpgTodd London (Artistic Director) In 2009 Todd became the first recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) Visionary Leadership Award, for “an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally.” He is beginning his sixteenth season as artistic director of New Dramatists, where he has worked closely with more than a hundred of America’s leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. 2010 saw the publication of his book, Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play (written with Ben Pesner), the product of a five-year study he led for Theatre Development Fund about new play production in America and the lives and livelihoods of playwrights. That year, he traveled across the country to lead meetings in 10 cities, intended to address the study’s findings and encourage a more vital environment for new work. A former Managing Editor of American Theatre magazine and the author of The Artistic Home, published by TCG, he has written, edited, and/or contributed to over a dozen books. His new book, An Ideal Theatre, an anthology of founding visions for American theatres that Todd collected, edited and introduced, is due out in spring 2012 (TCG). A series of his tributes to contemporary theatre writers, “A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights” appears on howlround.com. Todd’s particular brand of advocacy journalism has focused on both the lives and livelihoods of individual artists and on the not-for-profit theatre movement, especially the impact of institutionalization on the field. His essays and articles have been translated for publication in Russia, North and South Africa, Scandinavia, Serbia, and Romania. Todd is a frequent featured speaker at conferences, universities and theatres. This summer he delivered keynote addresses at the Chicago Theatre Symposium, the Dramatists Guild of America’s first national conference, and TCG’s 50th anniversary national conference. He has won the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his essays in American Theatre and a Milestone Award for his first novel, The World’s Room, published by Steerforth Press. In 2001 he accepted a special Tony® Honor on behalf of New Dramatists, and in 2005 he represented New Dramatists at the Obie Awards, where the organization was honored with the Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence. Todd has taught at Harvard and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama. He’s a past Literary Director of the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Associate Artistic Director of CSC Rep off Broadway and New Playwrights Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has two sons, Guthrie and Grisha, and is married to playwright and ND alumna Karen Hartman.ht (and New Dramatists alumna) Karen Hartman.

  • Joel Ruark

    Executive Director

    ruark.jpgJoel K. Ruark (Executive Director) led the staff of New Dramatists from 1989 through 1992. He returned as Executive Director in 2000. Ruark served as Managing Director of the theatre division of Wind Dancer Production Group. He also helped to establish and served as the Chief Financial Officer for Praxis Housing Initiatives, a nonprofit housing development agency serving the homeless and people with AIDS. Ruark previously held positions as Development Director of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, General Manager of the Lambs Theatre in New York City and Literary Manager of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He has worked in a variety of positions at professional companies including the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre. A graduate of Ohio University, Joel began his theatrical career as a literary management intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

  • Emily Morse

    Director of Artistic Development

    morse.jpgEmily Morse (Director of Artistic Development) is a multi-faceted theatre artist in her eleventh year at New Dramatists as the Director of Artistic Development. She has served as dramaturg on workshops and productions at The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, the Wilma, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, JAW/West Festival, Ripe Time, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Culture Project/Women Center Stage, PlayPenn, 13P, the Drama League New Directors/New Works, and New Dramatists. Her directing work and 10-minute plays have been seen in a variety of venues in New York City and regionally. She has held administrative positions with Ping Chong and Company, Creative Time, and LMDA. Workshops in which she's participated include Choreography for Directors with Annie-B Parson, Butoh with Dawn Akemi Saito, Viewpoints with J. Ed Araiza, Critical Response, and Movement and Stage Composition, respectively, with Liz Lerman, playwriting with Eduardo Machado, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Karen Hartman, BIG Artist workshop with Chris Wells and Karen Hartman, and Third Bohemia, a brain child of Todd London hosted by Z space in San Francisco. An avid dance fan, she has studied and practiced various forms of it including, most recently, Swing, Argentine Tango, and Flamenco. She had the pleasure of working with Carol Gilligan, and Jonathan Gilligan on an adaptation of The Scarlet Letter and she was also the dramaturg/co-adaptor of Innocents, Ripe Time's iteration of The House of Mirth, produced at the Ohio in 2005. Other Ripe Time collaborations: The Secret of Steep Ravines by Barbara Wiechmann, and The Holy Mother of Hadley New York by Barbara Wiechmann, commissioned and co-produced with New Georges. With Rachel Dickstein, Emily was co-curator of ShapeShifting, a salon series that explores the art and craft of adaptation and how works from the past can create a bridge to politics or cultural issues of our time. She has been a guest at the Baldwin Festival of New Work at UCSD, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Writing is Live Festival at Brown University, and New Works Festival at UT-Austin. A graduate of Temple University, Emily is a member of New Georges' Kitchen Cabinet; a LCT's Directors Lab alumna, NYTW Usual Suspect, and a Board Member of The Talking Band. In 2012, Emily proudly served on both the preliminary and final panels for TCG’s inaugural Leadership U[niversity] Program, and also wrote the introduction to a collection of plays by Chiori Miyagawa, America Dreaming and Other Plays includes Jamaica Avenue, Yesterday’s Window, Antigone’s Red, I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour, and America Dreaming, published by NoPassport Press. In May 2010, Emily was honored with a Lilly Award for Dramaturgy and Advocacy.

  • Christie Brown

    Director of Development

    cbrown.jpgChristie Brown (Director of Development) rejoined New Dramatists as its chief development officer in 2011. During her previous tenure (1999 – 2002), she served as its Literary Director and later, as Director of Development. For the decade in between, she served as Associate Director of Development for Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), and as a development director and Major Gifts Officer for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. Prior to fundraising, she managed agents’ offices at ICM-NY and ICM-LA, and she began her arts career at Arena Stage as a Literary Associate and Production Dramaturg. She’s freelanced as a dramaturg with Theater J, the Kennedy Center and Catholic University, and has guest lectured in undergraduate and graduate-level classes at Catholic University’s Drama Department. She serves on the advisory board for the Neurotherapy Research and Development Association in Bethesda, MD and the Juniata College Alumni Council. In 2010 she earned a 2nd bachelor’s degree (in Psychology) from University of Maryland – University College.

  • Morgan Allen

    Director of Finance & New Media

    allen.jpgMorgan Allen (Director of Finance & New Media) is in his eigth season on the staff of New Dramatists. Morgan serves the dual roles of managing the organization’s day-to-day finance operations and implementing a wide-ranging digital, web and social media strategy. In addition, Morgan coordinates the annual Spring Luncheon fundraiser and aids in facilities and capital project management. After leading the launch of New Dramatists new website, Morgan has worked with the staff and resident playwright company on a number of new media initiatives including taking the admissions process paperless, creating a virtual engagement hub for the playwrights, building a viable social media presence and working with the Director of Operations to implement the largest overhaul of New Dramatists’ computer infrastructure in the organization’s history. Indulging his varied interests he has held a number of jobs throughout the theater, both artistic and administrative, including serving on the staff of Playbill.com as Photo Editor/Editorial Assistant for three years before joining New Dramatists. He has worked in New York City with La MaMa e.t.c., New Georges, National Asian American Theatre Company, Prospect Theater Company, Vital Theatre Company and Theater Without Borders. He produced the world premiere of ND alum Catherine Filloux’s Killing the Boss (Cherry Lane Theatre) and the US premiere of her play, Lemkin’s House, with Body Politic Theater. He lives in Upper Manhattan with his wife Heather, a theatrical accountant at Galbraith & Company, daughter Avery and son Finn. He holds a BFA in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

  • Tiffany Kleeman Baran

    Assistant Director of Development

    tiffanybaran_headshot_0.jpgTiffany Kleeman Baran (Assistant Director of Development) first worked with New Dramatists in 2009 as an intern while attending graduate school and is delighted to return as a member of the staff. Other positions in the performing arts include Development Manager at both The Pearl Theatre Company and The Flea Theater, Regrant Assistant at Brooklyn Arts Council, and Development Intern at the Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University (award for “Outstanding Achievement at The Atlantic Acting School”) and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College CUNY. Tiffany lives in Manhattan with her husband John.

  • Rachel Hutt

    Artistic Programs Administrator

    rachel_picture_0.jpgRachel Hutt (Artistic Programs Administrator) graduated with her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has worked as a production dramaturg at American Repertory Theater and Portland Stage Company and in the literary office at Florida Studio Theatre. Rachel has also worked with Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, New Georges, Dixon Place, Aspen Music Festival and School, and MASS MoCA in a variety of positions. Her writing and editing can be found on the Moscow Art Theatre website and American Theatre magazine.

  • Ron Riley

    Director of Operations

    rileyron.jpgRon Riley (Director of Operations) has worked in administrative and IT capacities for EST, The Foundry Theatre, New Georges, Playwrights Horizons and Borough of Manhattan Community College. A professional actor & musician, Ron is a member of Café Antarsia Ensemble with Ruth Margraff, Nikos Brisco and Rami el Aassar. The group released their debut CD, Songs of the Table, on Innova Records in 2007, have recorded their second CD, Land of the Great, Horses in Austin,TX, and has toured internationally. Ron has also appeared in New Dramatists alum productions including Carlyle Brown’s play, Pure Confidence, at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The New York Fringe Festival's production of Portrait of a President by Herman Daniel Farrell III; Keli Garrett's Uppa Creek, directed by Dominic Taylor at Dixon Place; Keith Glover's Dark Paradise at Cincinnati Playhouse; the OBIE Award-winning Off Broadway revival production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson at the New Federal Theatre; They Still Mambo In Havana at The Flea and Partial Complex Seizure, written and directed by Rogelio Martinez at the Playwrights' Collective; Christopher Columbus by Nikos Kazantdakis, directed by Lloyd Richards at the New Federal Theatre; Crocodile Eyes written and directed by Eduardo Machado at Theatre for the New City; and Soho Rep’s production of Skin by Naomi Iizuka. A veteran of "many dusty, downtown productions,” he is a 1991 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a B.F.A. with Honors and a 1991 Founders Award.

  • John Steber

    Director of the Playwrights' Lab

    steber.jpgJohn Steber (Director of the Playwrights’ Lab) is in his ninth season at New Dramatists where he has overseen the presentation and casting of over 600 readings and workshops. In New York, he has directed at HERE, The Working Theatre, HB Playwrights Foundation, EST, New Perspectives, The West Bank, Alice’s Fourth Floor, The Present Company, and Metro Playhouse, among others. He has directed staged readings for Playwrights’ Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop, and was a member of the 1996 and 1999 Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab. Additionally, he has directed for The Passage Theatre, The Garage Theatre Group, and 12 Miles West in his home state of New Jersey. He also directed Arthur Miller’s After the  Fall for the Daylesford Theatre at BMDS, Bermuda. From 1995 - 2001 John served as a director/dramaturg for the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat in Staunton, VA. John began his career as an actor, appearing Off Broadway at INTAR, Westside Arts, EST, etc. and internationally at the Theatre Des Westens, Berlin (Porgy and Bess), as well as in TV shows and commercials.


Spring 2014

Jessica Dick

Robyn Michele Frank

Margaret Hoffman

Olivia Hull

Duncan Lewis

Dave Osmundsen


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Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

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