ND News

November 12, 2019


New Dramatists is now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2019. Click here for information and to apply.   Read More

November 5, 2019

Calling All Composers! Composer-Librettist Studio

The submissions window for the Jan-Feb 2020 Composer-Librettist Studio is now open! Apply before 11/22/19!

The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in collaboration with Nautilus Music-Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity for five writers and five composers to work with professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of music-theater. Studio Dates: January 22, 2020-February 7, 2020

For more information and to apply: http://newdramatists.org/composer-librettist-studio  Read More

October 9, 2019

Nocturnal Commissions Annual Benefit

Nocturnal Commissions

Join us on October 21, 2019 for the commissioning challenge of the year! Choose your adventure!

Click here for benefit tickets and more information!
This whirlwind evening includes complimentary dinner, wine, and a program of short pieces that are commissioned, written, cast, rehearsed and performed on the same night!   Read More

October 1, 2019

2019-2020 Season Preview

TAR BEACH by Tammy Ryan at Theatrelab in Boca Raton, FL

Plays by New Dramatists writers are coming to a theatre near you!

Click here to see a listing of over 375 productions by state.   Read More

August 31, 2019

Welcome 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow!

We are delighted to welcome our 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, who won the Award for her play, cullud wattah, which is being produced next spring at the Public Theater. A copy of the play can be found in New Dramatists' library. This year, we received over 400 applications for the fellowship, which is adjudicated by a different independent committee each year.  Read More

May 20, 2019

Announcing the New Dramatists Class of 2026

Class of 2026

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Will Arbery, Kevin Artigue, Gracie Gardner, Dipika Guha, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, Madhuri Shekar, and Ariel Stess.   Read More

February 13, 2019

New Dramatists to Honor Nathan Lane

New Dramatists will honor Nathan Lane at our annual spring luncheon.

70th Anniversary Spring Luncheon
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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This spring, in celebration of our 70th Anniversary, New Dramatists will honor three-time Tony® Award winner, NATHAN LANE. We recognize Mr. Lane's singular presence as a Broadway giant, a gifted storyteller with a dazzling sense of showmanship, and a true man of the theatre.  In the company of valued colleagues and friends who bring plays to life each season, this festive afternoon is an opportunity to celebrate Mr. Lane, revel in the mutual respect and good will at the center of the theatrical community and support the generative artists who create the plays he gives voice to.   Read More

September 6, 2018

2018-2019 Season Preview


Wherever you are throughout this season, chances are there is a production of a play by a New Dramatists writer that is coming to a theatre near you!

Visit our full listing of over 365 full productions of work by resident playwrights, alumni, and fellows at theatres in NYC, abroad, and across the country during the 2018-2019 season!

This listing will be updated throughout the year.   Read More

August 12, 2018

2018-2019 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting

Vichet Chum

New Dramatists is delighted to announce that the 2018-2019 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting has been awarded to Vichet Chum for his play, Bald Sisters.   Read More

May 17, 2018


Class of 2025

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: J. Julian Christopher, Sarah Gancher, Mike Lew, Vickie Ramirez, Tammy Ryan, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Lauren Yee. They will be in-residence through the year 2025.  Read More

May 15, 2018


2018 Luncheon Awards

In celebrating its 69th anniversary, New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, announced several awards recognizing excellence and service in the field of new play development at their Spring Luncheon held on May 15, 2018.   Read More

March 19, 2018

2018 Luncheon Honoree

Denzel Washington (photo credit: John Russo)

New Dramatists is delighted to announce that we will honor DENZEL WASHINGTON at our 69th Anniversary Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.   Read More

January 25, 2018

Staff Additions and Transitions

Sofie Wasserman-Smith and Candis C. Jones

As of January 2018, New Dramatists is delighted to announce the addition of two new members to our permanent staff. Sofie Wasserman-Smith, full-time Development Manager, and Candis C. Jones, part-time Playwrights’ Lab Manager, will support our fundraising efforts and artistic programming, respectively.   Read More

November 14, 2017

November is Time to Play!


Click here to reserve your seats for open presentations!

Wednesday, November 15 @ 3pm

Thursday, November 16 @ 11am

Thursday, November 16 @ 3:30pm
MARY by Melisa Tien with music by Matthew Frey  Read More

September 11, 2017

The Seth Gelblum Theatre

Seth Gelblum

On September 11, 2017 New Dramatists dedicated our second floor theatre to our late Board Chair, Seth Gleblum, in a naming ceremony that took place prior to the annual New Playwright Welcome.   Read More

August 30, 2017

Donja R. Love Receives the 2017 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting

Donja R. Love
Donja R. Love

New Dramatists is delighted to welcome Donja R. Love to the playwright company. Donja received the 2017 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for his play, Sugar In Our Wounds, and will be in residence at New Dramatists for the 2017-2018 Season.

June 19, 2017

New Dramatists Announces Eight New Playwrights Join the Resident Playwright Company

The Class of 2024

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of eight writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Johnna Adams, Boni B. Alvarez, Kirk Wood Bromley, Morgan Gould, MJ Kaufman, Aya Ogawa, Jiehae Park, and Andrea Stolowitz. They will be in-residence through the year 2024. These supremely talented theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 415 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month consensus based evaluation process. New Dramatists will kick off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall.  Read More

March 23, 2017

Support for Writers with Children: Announcing The Lilly-Ruhl Fund

After winning the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, alumna Sarah Ruhl made a gift of $5,000 to New Dramatists to set up a child care reimbursement fund for playwrights. In January, 2017, with the support of alumna, Julia Jordan, The Lilly Awards Foundation’s Board of Directors matched Sarah's gift with an additional $5,000, and in so doing, created the Lilly-Ruhl Fund.   Read More

January 26, 2017

New Dramatists to Honor Daryl Roth & Paula Vogel at 68th Anniversary Spring Luncheon

Daryl Roth (left) and Paula Vogel

New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor 10-time Tony Award®-winning producer Daryl Roth and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel with their 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards at its 68th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. The event will be held Tuesday, May 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis.  Read More

September 12, 2016

New Dramatists Dedicates its 68th Season to Seth Gelblum

Seth Gelblum with the Resident Playwright Company at the 2013 Spring Luncheon

On Monday September 12, as New Dramatists launches its 68th season of service to outstanding playwrights, we announce our dedication of the upcoming year to Seth Gelblum, a tireless advocate for this organization - and artists in general, as one of the field's leading attorneys. The entire New Dramatists family deeply mourns the loss of Seth, who passed away on August 8, 2016.  Read More

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