Services to the Field
More and more, New Dramatists is finding new ways to extend our new play development resources to the theatre field. We chronicle our writers’ work with dynamic individual profiles on this website and in the singular collection of manuscripts we maintain in the Michaela O’Harra Play Library. Artistic programs staff members are knowledgeable about each of our resident writers and their bodies of work, and offer consultation services for new play producers through ScriptShare. In addition, we administer several grants and awards to New Dramatists’ extended community of actors, directors, composers and other theatre artists.
We chronicle the collective work of our residents through our free public script library. The Michaela O’Harra Play Library, named for our founder, houses hundreds of manuscripts by our 50 resident playwrights and 600 alumni, and provides a space for the public to encounter new work. Since many of our writers’ plays are unpublished, the library is a singular resource for the national and international theatre.
Producing entities interested in mounting new work—theatres, film companies, universities, and independent producers—can subscribe to New Dramatists’ ScriptShare program. Emily Morse, our Director of Artistic Development, provides subscribers with in-depth, personalized consultation on our writers’ bodies of work, listens to their season-planning needs, follows up with them, and furnishes them with the catalog and manuscripts from our collection.
In loving memory of Charles Bowden, Broadway producer and late Board Chairman of New Dramatists, The Charles Bowden Actor Awards were established through the Charles Bowden Fund, created by Charles’ wife, the late Paula Laurence, the friends and family of Mr. Bowden, and through the generosity of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner. Since Charles had a great love and admiration for actors in the realization of new plays, The Charles Bowden Actor Awards recognize four actors each season who have contributed substantially to the creation of new works by our writers by bringing their talent and energy to our workshops. Along with a cash award, the winners are announced before the entire Broadway theatre community at New Dramatists’ Annual Spring Luncheon in May.
In partnership with nine different foundations, New Dramatists distributes over a quarter of a million dollars annually to both resident and nonresident writers. On behalf of our partners, we administer the prestigious Kleban Prize for a librettist and lyricist, the Edward and Sally Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship for three emerging New York City writers of color, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship for an early-career writer, and several awards for new plays, new musicals, gifts for incoming and outgoing playwrights, travel and research, and recognition of excellence. In addition, as funding permits, we offer exchanges for international writers, sending our resident playwrights abroad and hosting their counterparts from overseas for multi-week residencies.
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