COLLAPSE by Allison Moore
RANCHO MIRAGE by Steven Dietz
BROOMSTICK by John Biguenet
THE ICE BREAKER by David Rambo
OEDIPUS EL REY by Luis Alfaro

“[NNPN’s] professional network is as vital (and unique) as the artistic support -- I've not found any other group that offers both.”

-Eric Coble, For Better

“NNPN really acts as a new play grapevine. Because member theaters are in regular contact, they get to know each theater's mission and tastes and a recommendation from one member to another is much more meaningful. Those relationships have helped my work find a home. ”

-Allison Moore, Hazard County, Collapse

“In an industry as competitive, as unstable, and as personal as theater, the acknowledgment from a national body of professional theaters that the Emerging Playwright Residency gives a young writer is invaluable.”

-Jennifer Fawcett, Playwright-in-Residence 2009

“I was and remain deeply honored and encouraged by the Smith Prize… I love that the prize is awarded to a script and not a production… I love that NNPN is working against premiere-itis.”

-Y York, 2008 Smith Prizewinner, ...And LA is Burning

"The generosity and vitality of this unique and much needed organization ultimately benefits playwrights, theatres, audiences and the culture."

-David Rambo, The Ice Breaker

“The National New Play Network is so vital and necessary - one of those really bright ideas - that one wonders why it took so long for theaters to get together and create it.”

-Yussef El Guindi, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes



“The Smith Prize was a great shot in the arm for me. It served as a valuable affirmation from my peers that my work is both of a high quality and exploring important issues. ”

-Seth Rozin, 2007 Smith Prizewinner, Black Gold

“[CLNPF] secures for the playwright not simply a 'product' (the premiere) – but a process (the ongoing series of productions)... The model – giving several theatres a crack at a new work, giving a writer several chances at their revisions – is a godsend."

-Steven Dietz, Yankee Tavern


“In grad school I was writing politically, socially-derived works, not blockbusters. I saw very little future for my voice. Then NNPN invited me in... I am not only a better writer because of my association with them, but I am a better artist, and witnessing their generosity, a better person. ”

-Sean Christopher Lewis, Playwright-in-Residence 2008


“I can't say enough about the impact the Continued Life Program had on my play. That elusive and desirable thing called 'buzz' that consecutive productions can create… very much became the case for Love Person. Three productions grew to six thanks to NNPN.”

-Aditi Brennan Kapil

Other Programs


NNPN piloted the DC Writers’ Showcase in 2011 to bring together local writers with some of the country’s most forward-thinking new-play producers.  This bi-annual two-day event allows NNPN’s member theaters to become educated about DC-area writers, and provide DC playwrights the chance to learn about and connect with the theaters most likely to produce their work nation-wide.  The program took place alongside the MFA Playwrights' Workshop in 2011, and featured scripts by Randy Baker (Forgotten Kingdoms) and Bob Bartlett (Whales).  Plans for the 2013 Showcase are in the works.


The Network maintains a strong and growing interest in new-play organizations and associations with other countries.  NNPN's first such engagement - a playwright exchange with our sister organization down under, PlayWriting Australia - kicks off in the fall of 2012, when the Network hosts two Australian plays and playwrights at our National Showcase of New Plays in Washington, DC.  


Core Members of the National New Play Network can access a first-come, first-served Travel Fund to visit, learn from, and engage with other Core Members on trips of relatively short duration.  A competitive Observership Fund allows for longer trips between Core Members for the purpose of deeper study and mentorship.