Daniel Reitz

Alumni Playwright

2005 -- 2012

Daniel Reitz is a playwright and screenwriter living in New York City, and has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2005. His plays include Turnabout, Studies for a Portrait, Rules of the Universe, Fall Forward, Chat, Lowlife, Perfect Evening, Three Sisters and Urban Folk Tales. He is the recipient of a Lippmann Family “New Frontier” Award, a NYFA fellowship, a commission from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a New York Innovative Theatre Award and a Drama-Logue Award. Other honors include residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Corporation of Yaddo. His plays have been published by Smith and Kraus, New York Theatre Experience, United Stages, and Playscripts, Inc., and have been developed and produced at theatres including Mark Taper Forum, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Manhattan Class Company, Naked Angels, New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines Festival, and Off-West-End in London. His screenplays include Urbania, his feature film adaptation of his play, Urban Folk Tales, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won “Best Film” prizes in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Provincetown, and San Francisco film festivals prior to being released by Lions Gate Films. He has also written and directed several short films, which have been screened at film festivals in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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.

  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PlayTime


    Launched in 2002, the PlayTime Developmental Studio provides five New Dramatists writers with a two-week writers' retreat, right in the heart of New York City. PlayTime is a laboratory designed to give playwrights the opportunity to explore, workshop, rethink, and revise ambitious new works of theatre by drawing from a supportive resident company of actors, directors, stage managers, staff, and fellow playwrights.

  • 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.

Playwright Buzz

January 19, 2012

TURNABOUT in Guernica

Daniel Reitz's play TURNABOUT appears in the current issue of Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics.


Contact Info

c/o New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 757-6960
(212) 265-4738 fax

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