About Us


Officers and Directors

David C. Rosenzweig, Chairman *
Abbie Van Nostrand, President *
Isobel Robins Konecky, President Emerita *
Robin Lynn, Vice President *
David A. Rahm, Vice President *
Jason M. Cooper, Secretary *
Mark D'Ambrosi, Treasurer *

Charlotte Ackert
Susan Heller Anderson *
Dori Berinstein
Kirsten Berkman
Luis Castro *
Betsy Cohn *
Jim Dale
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen **
Kristoffer Diaz
Willy Holtzman
Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony
Susan Kraus
Robert Kuchner *
Sarah K. Lippmann
Lyndsay Magid
Lynn Rosen **
Janet Cohn Slosberg
Jolyon Fox Stern
Cori Thomas **
John W. Weidman *
George C. Wolfe

Francis Neuwirth, Emeritus

In Memory of
Joanne Jacobson
Harding Lemay, Emeritus

* Member Executive Committee
** Resident 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 20 Pulitzers, 23 Tonys® (including 2017 Awards for BEST PLAY to alums J.T. Rogers for OSLO and BEST REVIVAL to August Wilson for JITNEY), 84 Obies, 18 Drama Desk Awards, 8 MacArthur Fellowships, and 14 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 27-year career encompasses performing, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, devising, producing, arts administration, curating and artistic consulting at theatres and companies of all sizes, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, People’s Light, 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 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); Third Bohemia (Todd London and Z Space); Waldorf Education, and Collaborative Leadership. 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. She joined the staff full-time in July 2001 and since then, has partnered on the building of new programs including, PlayTime, Full Stage, USA, The Jerry A. Tishman Playwrights Creativity Fund, Venturous Theater Fund’s The Bucket List Project, the Opportunity Fund and The Lilly-Ruhl Fund, among others. Emily serves on the Advisory Board for PlayPenn and on the Board of the John Golden Fund. She has served on numerous new play development panels, including a Playwright Leadership panel she conceived of and presented during the 2012 Humana Festival, the TCG inaugural Leadership University Program, and on a 2016 NYFA Artist Fellowship grant committee for Playwriting and Screenwriting. Other field contributions include judging for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, writing the introduction to America Dreaming and Other Plays, a collection of plays by Chiori Miyagawa published by NoPassport Press, the HowlRound-published Chiori Miyagawa interview, "Reunion: Why Do They Keep Coming Back?", and "Artist, Citizen, Educator: Lucy Thurber at The New School", an interview with Lucy Thurber published in The Brooklyn Rail. 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, from which she received an Outstanding Student Award, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her family.

  • Joel Ruark

    Executive Director

    ruark.jpgJoel K. Ruark (Executive Director), a graduate of Ohio University, 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, when, in its 40th year, it 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. Joel lives in Mahopac, New York with his wife Cheryl Pinnow, a clinical Psychologist.

  • Christie Brown

    Finance Director

    cbrown.jpgChristie Brown (Finance Director) holds over 25 years of experience in the field of arts management, including tenures as a dramaturg, literary director, office manager, major gifts officer and development director, and director of Finance and Administration. Her career began in Arena Stage’s Literary Office as an intern and later, as a Production Dramaturg. She managed literary agent offices at ICM New York and ICM Los Angeles in the areas of theatre, film and television. Her first tenure at New Dramatists began in 1999, when she joined the company as its 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. In the D.C. 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 at the Dean’s level in the College of Arts and Humanities. She rejoined New Dramatists as its chief development officer in 2011, and for six years she oversaw its $1.5 million fundraising program. In 2017, she stepped into the role of the company’s Finance Director and on-staff HR officer. Other freelance credits include production dramaturgy with Ari Roth at Theater J; script writer of The Haunted Prince (Shakespeare in DC Festival); educational dramaturgy and guest lecturing at the Kennedy Center and Catholic University; and research and dramaturgy work for theatrical legend Zelda Fichandler, Founding Director of Arena Stage. She is Past President of the Alumni Association for her alma mater, Juniata College, and currently serves on the Finance Committee of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, PA, where she lives with her husband, actor/professor Gary Sloan, and their son Owen.

  • Tiffany Baran

    Development Director

    tiffanybaran_headshot_0.jpgTiffany Kleeman Baran (Development Director) is an arts administrator with over a decade of combined experience as a performing artist, fundraiser, and manager. She is in her seventh season—and second tenure—with New Dramatists, having first worked with the organization as a graduate school intern in 2009. She returned in 2012, serving as the Associate Director of Development for five years, and currently leads the organization’s fundraising efforts. 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 (Buchwald Internship Grant, BC Managers for the Arts Scholarship, Graduate Dean’s List). Tiffany lives in the Bronx with her husband John.

  • Connie Hall

    Artistic Programs Producer

    img_5664_touchup_150px.jpgConnie Hall (Artistic Programs Producer) is a performer, producer and veteran “downtown” theater-maker who 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 a 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 fourteenth season at New Dramatists, where he has overseen the presentation and casting of many, many 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. At New Dramatists, John has directed readings/workshops of plays by Herman Daniel Farrell III and Daniel Reitz. In summer 2015, he directed the workshop of Mia Chung’s play, Catch As Catch Can at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop. 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 (where, among other plays, he directed a staged reading of The Women of Lockerbee by ND alumna, Deborah Brevoort, and The Dinosaur Within by John Walch). John began his career as an actor, appearing Off Broadway at INTAR, Westside Arts, EST, etc. (where he appeared in early plays by New Dramatists alumni, Migdalia Cruz and Suzan-Lori Parks), and internationally at the Theatre Des Westens, Berlin (Porgy and Bess), as well as in TV shows and commercials.

  • Sofie Wasserman-Smith

    Development Manager

    sofie_0.jpgSofie Wasserman-Smith (Development Manager) is an artist and administrator whose hats include performing, directing, teaching, and dramaturgy. A lifelong theater-maker, she holds a BFA in Music Theatre with honors from the Hartt School for Music, Theatre, and Dance. Directly after graduation, she began an apprenticeship at New York City Children’s Theater, where she assisted in the Artistic Department. There, she investigated source material for new productions and helped spearhead their annual Young Playwrights for Change competition, including coordinating the reading of the finalists’ pieces held at Lincoln Center. She also assistant directed and dramaturged the world premieres of Young Charles Dickens and Wringer, respectively. Sofie worked as a teacher and director at Appel Farm Arts Camp for four years, where she held the title of Department Head of Theater and Creative Writing. Most recently, she worked in an administrative capacity at Target Margin Theater in Brooklyn, where she was assistant to artistic director David Herskovits during the company’s New York Times Critics’ Pick marathon production of Mourning Becomes Electra. Sofie considers her time as a New Dramatists intern to be one of her most meaningful educational and personal experiences, and she is honored and overjoyed to be returning permanently.


Fall 2019

Stephanie Anuwe
Liana Giangiulio
Christopher Lysik
Olivia Matlin
Alex Moon
Celeste Yim


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