Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Alumni Playwright

2010 -- 2017

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6’6”, is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include The Totalitarians (commissioned by NNPN through New Dramatists Full Stage USA program), boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado, and Litter: The True Story of the Framingham Dodecutuplets. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, San Diego Rep, and in the Bay Area at Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His most recent plays were the immersive A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion led by guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry, which premiered in 2016 at Z Space to rave reviews and The Making of a Great Moment, which premiered at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (and subsequently produced at Z Space) in 2017. Projects in process include an original musical called Fall Springs (with composer/lyricist Niko Tsakalakos) and . Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Peter is a happy alumna of New Dramatists and is the Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, until the end o 2018. He likes to promote himself online at

ND Activity
  • 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.

  • Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA is forging new partnerships with five producing theatres or networks of producing theatres across the country. Each partnership is designed to commission a writer to create a new script; provide one to two years of writer-driven support and Lab work at New Dramatists; culminate in a full production staged with the partner theatre; and support future productions and the play's continued life. The partners are Cornerstone Theater Company, the National New Play Network, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, and a network of alternative theatres in Austin. Each project is funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • 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.

  • 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

December 1, 2014

The Totalitarians is a hit in San Francisco

On its final leg of its NNPN Rolling World Premiere, The Totalitarians, written by RP Peter Nachtrieb (and commissioned through NDs Full Stage USA initiative) and directed by RP Ken Prestininzi is in the midst of a great run at San Francisco's Z Space. They're having a lot of fun.

Read more about the show here:

December 3, 2012

Just back from the NNPN Showcase in DC

Had an amazing time down in Washington DC for the showcase reading of THE TOTALITARIANS, my Full Stage USA commission for NNPN via New Dramatists. Fellow NDer Ken Prestininzi directed, and was great to see the readings of other NDers Christina Anderson, Carson Kreitzer, and Carlos Murillo in the showcase as well. The 6PM fresh cookies at the Hampton Inn were also delicious.

April 18, 2012

The musical I'm workin on

Working on a musical with the talented Nikos Tskalakos. It's called FALL SPRINGS. Here's a little more about it on my website.

Contact Info

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Bret Adams Agency, Ltd.
448 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-5630
(212) 265-2212 fax

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