THE ICE BREAKER by David Rambo
26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes
END DAYS by Deborah Laufer
RANCHO MIRAGE by Steven Dietz

“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



“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

“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

“NNPN not only lives up to its mission of championing ‘the development, production, and continued life of new plays,’ but also champions the authors of those new plays in the long journey from page to stage.”

-John Biguenet, Rising Water, Shotgun

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

-David Rambo, The Ice Breaker

“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

“[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


“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

NNPN Announces Nan Barnett as new Executive Director

WASHINGTON, DC - The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country’s alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, has named Nan Barnett as the new Executive Director. 
Nan is the past President of the Board of NNPN, leading its rise to prominence and positioning its member theaters as major innovators in the new play universe.  Nan replaces Jason Loewith, who has served as ED since 2009 and is leaving to become the Artistic Director of the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland.
“The entire membership was unanimous in their zeal over the selection of Nan Barnett as NNPN’s Executive Director,” says Board President Tina Parker, Artistic Director of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater.  “Her leadership led to the maturation of the Network and its role in the proliferation of the new play universe in America.”
Nan Barnett comes to NNPN from Actors Express in Atlanta, where she has been Executive Director during its 25th Anniversary season.  Nan was a founding member and became Managing Director of Florida Stage in Manalapan, Florida, which was the nation’s largest regional theatre producing exclusively new and developing works.  Although it ceased operations in 2011, Florida Stage was renowned as one of the finest incubators of new plays from both emerging and established playwrights, fearless developer of small musicals, careful cultivator of artists, and prolific provider of issue-driven, thought-provoking theatre in the new play field.
Nan Barnett is the Past President of Florida Professional Theatre Association and was presented by that organization with the 2012 Fallon Award Winner for Outstanding Service to Professional Theatre in Florida.  Nan holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Actors Training Program.
NNPN is housed in Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  Nan Barnett will join General Manager Jojo Ruf in May.