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Plays and Playwrights

An overview of the resources available in the field of plays and playwrights.

Dramatists Guild of America: become a member!

The Dramatists

Stage Writers Handbook

Ensemble Studio

EST nurtures individual artists through its free membership program, which offers lifetime membership in the company to diverse theater artists selected via a competitive application process.

  • Youngblood-emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30.
  • the Playwrights Unit serves as an incubator of new work in film, television and fiction.
  • The EST/Sloan Project has been at the forefront of the wave of science-related theatre.
  • The primary goal of Going to the River is to provide a major New York City forum in which professional African-American female playwrights may develop, refine and present their work.

Lark Play Development Center

Founded in 1994, the Lark is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, the Lark Play Development Center provides American and international playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to freely express themselves in a supportive and rigorous environment. Programs include:

  • BareBones are simply staged, fully rehearsed public presentations of plays in the final stages of development.
  • Through our International Program, we use our play development model to help artists of different cultures communicate and create work that is strong and accessible to multiple audiences.
  • The PONY Fellowship was founded in effort to provide as comprehensive support as possible to an emerging playwright.
  • Playwrights' Week - This week-long festival of new plays,provides selected playwrights with a creative team (including a director and actors), ten hours of rehearsal time and a public presentation
  • Playwrights’ Workshop brings playwrights together to share and develop new work in a rigorous, yet highly flexible and professional environment.
  • A Roundtable is a cold reading of a script with the playwright, a director/facilitator, professional actors and invited guests.
  • A Studio Retreat gives writers 30 intensive hours over the course of a week to work with actors and a director to focus on the text of their piece.

Brooklyn Playwrights' Collective

All are welcome to workshop their plays! For more info on BPC, email us, or find the Facebook group.  Workshops are every other Sunday. Email us for when and where.

NYC Playwrights

Stella Adler 2011-2012 Playwright Residency

terraNOVA Collective

Grad Acting Partners With New Dramatists