If you need to make accessibility arrangements, or have questions about building or program accessibility, please contact Christie Brown at or 212-757-6960.

Hearing Loss
For those audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing, New Dramatists offers video recording and/or transcription services for those attending seminars about our admissions process or other public speaking events.

For public play readings, most play texts are available in the Michaela O’Harra Public Library, or printed upon request in advance of the event. We ask that you provide at least one week’s advance notice.

Vision Loss
For audience members with vision loss or blindness, please note that our open readings and work sessions include the readings of stage directions aloud as part of the programming. At any reading or event that has a program, large print programs are available upon request.

For library guests, large font play texts are available for most scripts with one week’s advance notice.

Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access
For people with mobility impairments and/or who use wheelchairs, please contact Christie Brown at 212-757-6960, at least two weeks in advance. We ask that you please arrive 30 minutes before the time of the event.

Service Animals
Service animals are always welcome at New Dramatists.

All of our restrooms are all-gender restrooms.

New Dramatists maintains an open, inclusive environment for resident playwrights and their audiences. We ensure that there is no income barrier to participation in any of our programs.

For Audiences: All events that are open to the public offer free admission for audiences. Additionally, the Michaela O’Harra Library of play manuscripts, many of which are unpublished, is open to the public free of charge, from 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday (with limited hours in July and August), including free coffee, tea, and water.

For Playwrights: We offer seven year-residencies, free of charge, to a company of approximately 50 playwrights who are selected through a competitive process administered by a panel of 7 peer playwrights and theatre professionals, which changes completely each year. The residency application is open to anyone who has written two full-length plays. Reading and evaluation of scripts for the first round is conducted without names attached to the works.

There is no fee to apply for playwright residency or for any awards or programs administered by New Dramatists, including the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, the Composer-Librettist Studio, Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre, Van Lier Fellowships, or the Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program.

A Note to Artists Working at New Dramatists with our Playwrights
All of New Dramatists’ programs are dynamic, responsive, and customized: workshops are designed by our playwrights and incorporate the needs of their participating artists to ensure it meets each individual’s needs and requirements.

We address accessibility needs on an individual basis as part of this customized process—including, but not limited to, alternative accessible locations, large-print scripts, and transcription services—providing all artists with the resources needed to ensure full participation.