Our Playwrights

Isobel Robins Konecky

With broken hearts, the playwrights, board, and staff of New Dramatists mourn the passing of our beloved friend, champion, and Board President Emerita Isobel Robins Konecky.


Active Listening, Season Two has launched!

Active Listening, Season Two has launched! This season features six new plays for the ear, written by ND residents C. Julian Jiménez, Karinne Keithley Syers, Kirk Wood Bromley, Matthew Freeman, Matthew Paul Olmos, and ND Communications & Advocacy Manager and playwright Naveen Bahar Choudhury.

Active Listening is a New Dramatists podcast series produced by ND residents Karinne Keithley Syers and Melisa Tien. The series invites writers to experiment with story, intimacy, and immediacy through sound experiences. Active Listening is made possible with the generous support of the Venturous Theater Fund, and is available NOW on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and wherever you listen to podcasts!  Click below to be taken to the Active Listening site where you can learn more about the history of this project and listen to plays from Seasons One and Two.

Admissions Suspended for the 2021-2022 Cycle; Current Residencies Extended By One Year

New Dramatists has decided to suspend admissions for the 2021-2022 cycle and extend the residencies of all 59 current residents for another year.  With a complex and multi-pronged reopening plan ahead of us, and without a firm reopening date, we decided that this was the best way to maximize our resources in support of our current resident company of playwrights.  

New Dramatists is Closed to the General Public

We continue to support our resident company in the virtual sphere, during the pandemic emergency.

Check back here for future updates re: our reopening schedule.

Welcome, New Dramatists Resident Class of 2028!

We are excited to announce our next incoming class of resident playwrights, who will officially begin their seven-year residencies in the Fall of 2021: a huge congratulations to Jaclyn Backhaus, Eboni Booth, Agnes Borinsky, Julia Izumi, C. A. Johnson, Sam Max, and Charly Evon Simpson!  We are absolutely thrilled to support these writers’ artistic process in the years to come.

New Dramatists Supports Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. Truth Matters. Justice Matters. With anguish and rage, the playwrights, staff and board of New Dramatists stand strong with those in Minneapolis, New York, Louisville, and around the country seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and now David McAtee, and the countless others who have lost their lives and have been victims of state sanctioned violence. It is our ethical and moral responsibility to demand justice for these deaths and other heinous acts of murder and violence against trans, black and brown people, and to actively participate in dismantling the systems of white supremacy, racism, division and inequity that make this violence common place and allow it to go unpunished.