Nan Barnett (she/her) is a new play advocate and the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country’s alliance of more than 100 theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays.
Nan came to the Network full-time in 2013 after working on its Executive Committee to create the organization’s revolutionary Rolling World Premiere and Residency programs. She guided NNPN through the development and launch of its field-altering database, the New Play Exchange®, now home to more than 36,000 plays by living writers, for which NNPN received The Washington Post’s Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theater Community. She has quadrupled NNPN’s membership, dramatically increased both earned and unearned income, and recently led the Network through a strategic planning process that resulted in a renovation of the organization’s governance structure to achieve racial and gender parity at the Board level.
Nan was the Coordinating Producer for the 2015 and 2018 iterations of the nationally acclaimed Women’s Voices Theater Festival, serves on the Artistic Council of the O’Neill Theater Center, and was inducted into the National Theatre Conference in 2017.
She was a founding company member and Managing Director of Florida Stage, the nation’s largest regional theater producing exclusively new and developing plays and musicals. While there she won the Theatre League of South Florida’s Remy Award for service to the theatrical community, the Fallon Award for Excellence from the Florida Professional Theatre Association, and twice the Carbonell Award as an actress.
Nan regularly leads board and artist planning and training sessions across the country and is a frequent featured speaker and panelist. Recent appearances include the Theatre Communications Group, National Alliance of Musical Theaters, TYA/USA, and Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations conferences and festivals including the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Anne G. Morgan
Anne G. Morgan (she/her/hers) is a dramaturg, literary manager and new play advocate based in Staunton, VA. She received the 2019 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for her work on Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, the American Shakespeare Center’s groundbreaking new play initiative. While at ASC, Anne dramaturged new plays by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, Anchuli Felicia King, Emma Whipday, and Amy E. Witting.
Anne works regularly with the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Playwrights Realm, the Kennedy Center, and more, as well as collaborating with playwrights individually. She currently serves on the executive board of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
From 2012 – 2017, Anne was the Literary Manager & Dramaturg at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where she worked on new plays by David Auburn, Bekah Brunstetter, A. Rey Pamatmat, and more. Anne has worked internationally at the Baltic Playwrights Conference, the Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and has taught at the University of Connecticut and the National Theater Institute.
Jess Hutchinson (she/her) is a director, dramaturg, and NNPN’s Engagement Director. Recent credits include the Midwest Premiere of Steven Dietz’s MAD BEAT HIP & GONE, Bilal Daradai’s adaptation of THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY, the premiere of Kristin Idaszak’s SECOND SKIN, and workshop productions of Emily Dendinger’s NO HOME FOR BEES and Sarah Saltwick’s SCARLET LETTER. Jess earned her MFA in Directing at UT Austin, focusing on the development of new work. As Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, favorite projects included ARCADIA, THE DINING ROOM, and world premieres of BURYING MISS AMERICA, LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING, and THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. She was proud to be the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas. www.jesshutchinson.com.
Rose (she/her) is an advocate for cultivating new work centering and celebrating the voices of underrepresented communities. Rose is a stage manager and passionate theatre artist. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is currently in Florida pursuing her career in stage management. Her recent credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Steel Magnolias, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors, Chicago, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Production Stage Manager for Everything Is Super Great, When She Had Wings, and Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter (Theatre Lab).
Impact Assessment Director
Lynde Rosario (she/her/hers) is a Dramaturg and the Impact Assessment Director for the National New Play Network. Former affiliations include: Curious Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, The Catamounts, Local Theater Company, Creede Repertory Theater, Athena Project, Letter of Marque Theater Company, and The Anthropologists. She is also a Board Member, VP of Regional Activity, and President-elect for The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Training: B.A. in Drama, Hofstra University; M.F.A. in Dramaturgy, The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Monica Montoya (she/her) is an LA-based lifelong practitioner and lover of theatre, an audience member, and a social media manager. She is excited to be serving as National New Play Network’s Communications Manager and is passionate about using communications to amplify underrepresented voices and to build community. Monica also currently serves as the Social Media Coordinator and Front-of-House Manager for NNPN Member Theatre Boston Court Pasadena. Monica is an avid fan of new works and believes that they are the pathway to an equitably diverse theatre landscape, and she is eager to see how communications can help facilitate that process.
Senior Development Consultant
Christine Stanley (she/her) is a passionate advocate for the arts, engaging the community and donors in the life of theater, music and the performing arts.
Christine currently serves as the Senior Director of Advancement and Planning at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA . Christine also teaches in the arts administration at Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University. She is also an active fundraising and strategic planning consultant. She is currently working with the National New Play Network. Other projects have included the Washington National Cathedral, where she worked with the Cathedral’s artists, fundraising, and communications teams to develop a strategic plan for the expansion of the presentations for the Cathedral’s arts programs. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development for Washington Performing Arts Society where she led a team of board, volunteers and staff to record-setting revenue achievements in all giving areas.
For five years, Christine served as the director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s campaign for a new $300 million concert hall. During her tenure, multi-million dollar gifts were secured from leading community philanthropists, foundations, and corporations including Coca-Cola, SunTrust Bank, UPS, and creatively, two leading law firms who partnered to make a $5 million gift. Also while at the Atlanta Symphony, Christine initiated an overhaul of the major and planned giving areas to focus gift officers efforts on leadership giving to support new works, tours, commissions and for special projects.
Christine has additionally served in fundraising and marketing roles at The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera Company, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management from Florida State University.
Caroline Schreiber (she/her) is an arts administrator, teaching artist, and arts advocate. Currently, she is the Institutional Giving Manager at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia and serves as a Development Consultant for the National New Play Network. Previously, she was the Assistant Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Washington National Opera at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Director of Strategic Operations for Encore Stage & Studio, and a Senior Grant Writer at Elevate LLC, a fundraising firm focused on institutional giving. At Elevate, she specialized in devising cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for small and mid-sized visual and performing arts clients throughout the DC area. She has held additional positions in theatre education and programming with McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC).
Caroline was appointed to the city of Alexandria, Virginia’s Commission for the Arts in 2018 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the city’s Arts Grants Committee. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Scripps College in Claremont, California.
Project Director, New Play Exchange
Gwydion Suilebhan (he/him) is a writer, innovator, and arts advocate who serves as both the chief architect and evangelist of the New Play Exchange for the National New Play Network and the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. A founding member of The Welders—a Helen Hayes Award-winning playwrights collective in Washington, DC—Suilebhan was elected to the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America in 2017. As a writer, Suilebhan’s work has been noted for its “dexterous theatricality and unexpected pleasure” (Washington Post). He is the author of several plays, including The Butcher, Inner Harbor, Reals, Abstract Nude, Let X, The Faithkiller, and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated Transmission. Two of his plays—Abstract Nude and Cracked—have been published by Original Works. Suilebhan’s work has been commissioned, developed, and produced by Centerstage, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Gulfshore Playhouse, Theater J, and Theater Alliance, among many others. He is also the author of Anthem, a short film directed by Hal Hartley, and a forthcoming (2020) web series called All Souls. Earlier in his career, Suilebhan primarily wrote poetry, serving as the poetry editor of Barrelhouse from 2004 to 2006. He speaks widely on various aspects of the intersection between the arts and technology in the 21st century; notable appearances have included South by Southwest, TEDxWDC and TEDxMichigan Avenue, and Americans for the Arts. Suilebhan earned a Master of Arts in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Northwestern University.
Higher Education Partnerships Manager, New Play Exchange
Siobhan (she/her) is a lifelong theatre lover who has brought her 20 years of experience working in education to the New Play Exchange. Siobhan manages our education partnerships—currently over 65 members strong—across colleges, universities, and high schools in the US and abroad. Siobhan is a graduate of Villanova University and resides in North Carolina with her husband and three young daughters, whose penchant for drama grows stronger every day.
Support Specialist, New Play Exchange
Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin (RP) (he/him) serves as New Play Exchange Technical Support, sits on NNPN’s Strategic Planning Committee Membership Working Group, and is the former Producer-Residence at National New Play Network, where he focused on data-driven program evaluation and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Outside of the NNPN universe, RP is the Capital Project Manager at Studio Theatre, managing a $15 million renovation the historic Studio Theatre facilities, in the heart of Washington, DC. RP worked with Flanagan Theater Projects as the Producing Associate on the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, leading International Women’s Voices Day, a coordinated effort between the Festival, National New Play Network, and New Play Exchange garnering more than 275 readings of unproduced plays by women on the anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. He has also served as the Casting Director at Mosaic Theater Company of DC and the Project Coordinator for Triple Play, a national research project with the Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Bay Area developing and executing new models for creating and sustaining substantive conversations among theatres, audiences, and artists. RP came to D.C. as the Artistic Fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Company and received his BFA in Theatre from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.