Core Membership in the National New Play Network is open only to professional, nonprofit producing theaters which produce public presentations of new plays. Eligible theaters must:
- Be a not-for-profit 501C3 organization
- Demonstrate a commitment to new plays by producing, commissioning, and/or developing new plays
- Demonstrate high artistic quality in their mainstage productions
- Operate as a professional theatre by maintaining one full-time paid executive or artistic director, a staff of at least two, pay all actors at levels commensurate with union commitments and produce exclusively under professional rights agreements
- Maintain a minimum annual operating budget of $150,000
- Produce a minimum annual season of three mainstage productions
Core Members are already doing plenty of difficult work, and we don’t want to add anything to the burden. Nonetheless, there are some very important requirements which keep the Network dynamic and engaged. NNPN full members are required to:
- Pay annual membership dues (for 2012-13 between $500 and $1500, based on budget size)
- Appoint one voting representative to serve on the NNPN Board of Directors, and send that representative to the Annual Conference
- Participate actively in the literary managers' monthly on-line chat
- Produce a play originally premiered by another NNPN member at least once every three years OR export a play to another NNPN member for a second or third production at least once every three years
- Nominate one artist and one patron to the Ambassador’s Council, NNPN’s national network of individuals committed to new plays, and keep those seats filled
- Provide a pair of complimentary tickets to NNPN Ambassadors and Alumni Playwrights, based on availability
- Provide a ticket discount, based on availability, to patrons from other NNPN member theaters on request
Because NNPN's Core Members play such an active role in the Network's development and management, their benefits are subtantial: Core Members receive an average of $4 for every $1 they pay in dues. Core Member theaters are entitled to:
- Participate in all NNPN Programs:
- Rolling World Premieres, which carry awards of $7,000 per theater
- Playwright Residencies, which carry awards of $10,000 per playwright
- Producer Residencies, which carry awards of $10,000 per producer
- NNPN Commissions, currently funded at $10,000 per play
- Nomination privileges to the National Showcase of New Plays, the MFA Playwrights' Workshop, and NNPN Commissions
- Access to NNPN's Travel and Observership Funds, with awards of up to $1,000 per theater per year
- Automatic travel reimbursements of up to $1,250 to attend the Network's National Showcase and Annual Conference
- Membership Listings in all promotional materials and on the NNPN website
- Nominate individuals to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
- Automatic subscription to newsletters from NNPN’s Executive Director on field trends and important updates
- Access to the Collaborative Literary Office, including monthly online Literary Chats, bi-annual in-person pitch sessions, crowd-sourced dramaturgy and Festival Reporting, the Alumni Playwrights' Council, and the Virtual Script Library
NNPN is now accepting applications for Core Membership.
NNPN is always looking for partners in new regions of the country who want to help lead the Network and collaborate with its members. Following a preliminary conversation with either the Executive Director or the Chair of NNPN’s Membership Committee, the Committee may invite the prospective theater to begin the three-step process towards membership:
- The prospective theater fills out a New Membership Survey, which details the company’s size, history, and other factual information. Download a Survey here.
- Upon satisfactory completion of the Survey, NNPN may elect to conduct a site visit in conjunction with a new play production or developmental reading. The site visit will involve more in-depth conversation about the interested theater, focusing on its commitment to and interest in NNPN's mission, values and programs.
- If NNPN leadership believes it's a good match, the prospective theater will be invited (at its own expense) to visit with other member theaters at the National Showcase of New Plays (usually in December).
After the prospective member visit, the Membership Committee votes on whether to submit a nomination to the full Board, which votes on members at the Annual Conference each year in June. From start to finish, the membership process usually takes about a year. Interested parties should contact NNPN's Executive Director, Jason Loewith, to begin the process.