About Us


Officers and Directors

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

Charlotte Ackert
Jenny Ewing Allen
Susan Heller Anderson *
Dori Berinstein
Kirsten Berkman
Luis Castro
Betsy Cohn *
Jason M. Cooper
Jim Dale
Mark D’Ambrosi
Kristoffer Diaz * **
Madeleine George **
John Guare
Willy Holtzman
Joanne Jacobson *
Susan Kraus
Sarah K. Lippmann
Lyndsay Magid
Kenneth Prestininzi **
Nancy A. Rose
Janet Cohn Slosberg
Jolyon Fox Stern
John W. Weidman *
George C. Wolfe
Stefanie Zadravec **

Harding Lemay, Emeritus
Francis Neuwirth, Emeritus

* 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 19 Pulitzers (including 5 of the last 9), 21 Tonys®, 76 Obies, 17 Drama Desk Awards, 6 MacArthur Fellowships, and 13 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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  • Emily Morse

    Artistic Director

    img_5664_touchup_150px.jpgEmily Morse (Artistic Director) is a theatre artist whose career has spanned 25 years, and has encompassed performing, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, devising, producing, arts administration, curating and artistic consulting at theatres and companies of all sizes, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, LMDA, Ping Chong and Co, NADA, LEMA productions, HERE, the Wilma, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, JAW/West Festival – Portland Center Stage, Creative Time, Ripe Time, Cincinnati Playhouse, Culture Project/Women Center Stage, PlayPenn, 13P, Drama League New Directors/New Works, Links Hall, and Re/Union Company at LaMaMa. A veteran theatre artist with a specialty in process-oriented devised work, Emily is a Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab alumna and NYTW Usual Suspect. She has participated in, and benefitted from, a variety of workshops, including: Choreography for Directors (Annie-B Parson); Butoh (Dawn Akemi Saito); Viewpoints (J. Ed Araiza); Critical Response and Movement/Stage Composition (Liz Lerman); playwriting (Eduardo Machado, Suzan-Lori Parks, Karen Hartman); BIG Artist (Chris Wells/Karen Hartman); and Third Bohemia (Todd London and Z Space). An avid dance fan, she has practiced various forms, including study of Swing, Argentine Tango, and Flamenco. Emily’s love affair with New Dramatists began in 2000 when she was one of four directors-in-residence for the 2001 season. She joined the staff full-time in July 2001. Emily’s New Dramatists credits include her substantive shaping of PlayTime: her extensive experience with new work development directly impacted the trajectory of this two-week studio, which has a high success rate for developing ambitious new projects and launching them into productive professional lives. In 2008, Emily helped formulate and direct two formidable new projects, FULL STAGE USA and The Creativity Fund. Under Emily’s direction since its inception, the Creativity Fund has blossomed into one of the most sought-after ND programs by resident writers, with 14 to 17 Fund projects every season. Over half of these projects garner outside producer interest and often result in full productions. Emily serves on the Advisory Board for PlayPenn and New Georges' Kitchen Cabinet; has served on numerous new play development panels, including her Playwright Leadership panel presented during the 2012 Humana Festival, and her service on TCG’s inaugural Leadership University Program. Other field contributions include her introduction to America Dreaming and Other Plays, a collection of plays by Chiori Miyagawa published by NoPassport Press, and the HowlRound-published Chiori Miyagawa interview Reunion: Why Do They Keep Coming Back? In May 2010, in recognition of her stature as a playwright advocate and significant contributions as a dramaturg, Emily received an inaugural Lilly Award for Advocacy. A graduate of Temple University, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her husband Gary and their son, Lincoln.

  • Joel Ruark

    Executive Director

    ruark.jpgJoel K. Ruark (Executive Director) A graduate of Ohio University, Joel began his theatrical career in the Literary Office at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His professional career includes a number of arts management positions: Managing Director of the theatre division of Wind Dancer Production Group; Development Director of the George Street Playhouse; General Manager of the Lambs Theatre; and Literary Manager/Casting for the Walnut Street Theatre. He’s also worked with the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre. Outside of his theatrical resume, Ruark helped to establish and served as the Chief Financial Officer for Praxis Housing Initiatives, a nonprofit housing development agency.

    From 1989 to 1992, Joel led the staff of New Dramatists. In its 40th year at that time, New Dramatists was facing a severe organizational and financial crisis. By the end of his tenure, New Dramatists had gone from an annual operating loss of nearly 35% to a modest surplus. In 2000, Joel was drawn back to New Dramatists, where he continues to serve as the Executive Director. In the ensuing years, New Dramatists has enjoyed extraordinary growth and fiscal stability.

    In 2013, Ruark received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts.

  • Christie Brown

    Director of Development

    cbrown.jpgChristie Brown (Director of Development) Christie's 20+ years of arts management experience includes service as a dramaturg, literary director, agent office manager, director of development and major gifts officer. Christie began her arts career at Arena Stage as a Literary Associate and Production Dramaturg. She managed agent offices at ICM New York and ICM Los Angeles, working with those who represented writers and directors in theatre, film, and television. Her first tenure at New Dramatists began in 1999, when she served as New Dramatists’ Literary Director. In 2001, she stepped into the role of Director of Development, and helped New Dramatists navigate the post 9/11 fundraising climate prior to her October 2002 move to Washington, D.C. Christie rejoined New Dramatists as its chief development officer in 2011. In the D.C. metro area, she served as Associate Director of Development for Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), and as an Associate Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer for the University of Maryland, working with the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

    Christie's other freelance credits include production dramaturgy with Ari Roth at Theater J; script writer for The Haunted Prince (Shakespeare in DC Festival); educational dramaturgy and guest lecturing at the Kennedy Center and Catholic University; and ongoing research and dramaturgy work with Zelda Fichandler, Founding Director of Arena Stage. She is President of the Alumni Association for her alma mater, Juniata College. Christie lives in Yardley, PA with her husband, actor/professor Gary Sloan, and their son Owen.

  • Morgan Allen

    Director of Finance & New Media

    allen.jpgMorgan Allen (Director of Finance & New Media) is in his ninth 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 South Orange, NJ with his wife Heather, Director of Finance at Richards/Climan, Inc, daughter Avery and son Finn. He holds a BFA in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

  • Tiffany Kleeman Baran

    Associate 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.

  • Connie Hall

    Artistic Programs Producer

    img_5664_touchup_150px.jpgConnie Hall (Artistic Programs Producer) As a performer, producer and veteran “downtown” theater-maker, Connie has helped to create and mount over 25 new works for the stage in New York and abroad. In 2006, along with a group of fellow performers, Connie founded Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant (2012 NY Innovative Theater Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance Art Production), a company that engages the audience through inventive theatrical forms such as pop-up restaurant, walking tour, and secret social club. As the company’s Producing Director and head cook, Connie served thousands of audience members in New York, Boston, Nashville, Louisville and Cleveland. As co-producer of the July 2012 international undergroundzero festival along with Paul Bargetto, she presented new work by 28 artists and companies and hosted events to facilitate artistic exchange and community building. Prior to joining New Dramatists, Connie was the Manager of Institutional Giving at Theatre Development Fund and a Development Associate at Theatre Communications Group. She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

  • 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 2016

Tyler Christie

Tom Dziuba

Ava Geyer

Keenan Hurley

Zoe Rhulen

Sofie W. Smith

Jenna Spiwack


New Dramatists is located in
Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

That's between 9th and 10th Avenues in midtown Manhattan.

Our phone number is
(212) 757-6960.

Our fax number is
(646) 390-8705.

Our public hours (including library) are:
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(we close at 2pm on Fridays in July and are closed Fridays in August)

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