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Artistic Development

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Artistic Development department oversees the development of new works, nurturing the growth of plays that often go on to be produced at MTC and other theatres around the country. We strive to create ongoing relationships with playwrights, supporting them throughout their careers.

Each year, the department reviews more than 1,000 scripts in consideration for production or further development. We host more than 30 readings, including our annual Ted Snowdon Reading Series, which provides playwrights a week of rehearsals with a full cast, and support from a director and dramaturg as they develop their new works.

Commission Programs

Central to our artistic development activities are our commissioning initiatives, which include the Bank of America New Play Program and The Sloan Initiative.

Click the tabs below to find out more about the history of these programs.

The Bank of America New Play Program provides critical commissioning support to some of the most exciting playwrights working today, helping to ensure they can continue writing for the theatre. This program helps to maintain MTC’s working relationships with the best contemporary writers of plays and musicals in a competitive commercial environment. The vital new work commissioned through this program often goes on to be featured not only on MTC’s stages, but also at a number of other prestigious theatres across the country.

Current Commissioned Playwrights

  • Richard Greenberg
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Nick Payne
  • Melissa Ross
  • Matthew Lopez
  • Neil LaBute

In 2000, Manhattan Theatre Club began a partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to commission, develop and produce new plays about math, science and technology. Since first collaborating on MTC’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning production of David Auburn’s Proof, the partnership has expanded to include four to five annual commissions for emerging, mid-level and established writers. With the Foundation’s support, MTC has commissioned forty plays. The Foundation also provides a production grant to stage Sloan-related works, and has supported MTC’s productions of Charlotte Jones’s Humble Boy, Rebecca Lenkiewiecz’s adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Sharr White’s The Other Place, Nell Benjamin’s The Explorers Club and Nick Payne’s Constellations.

Manhattan Theatre Club’s partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is two-fold: we commission not yet written plays about math, science or technology, and we read and consider for production completed scripts that deal with these themes. In order to apply for an MTC/Sloan commission, please submit a résumé and a two page proposal outlining your idea by March 1. There is no deadline to send a completed script. MTC generally does not accept unsolicited scripts, but will consider completed plays about math, science or technology. Please send proposals or scripts and address any questions to the Sloan Project Manager at [email protected] or by mail to Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036, Attn: Sloan Project Manager.

MTC/SLOAN COMMISSIONED PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS

2014

  • Jeff Augustin
  • Nell Benjamin
  • Alexandra Wood

2013

  • Madeleine George
  • Tom Holloway
  • Nathan Louis Jackson
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Greg Pierce

2012

  • April De Angelis
  • Courtney Baron
  • Nick Jones
  • Juliana Nash
  • Melissa Ross
  • Heidi Schreck
  • Sarah Treem
  • Bess Wohl

2011

  • Lisa D’Amour
  • FERTILE GROUND by Daniel Goldfarb
  • Samuel D. Hunter
  • Nick Payne
  • DIRTY MONEY by Hannie Rayson
  • THE CALICO MAN by Anne Washburn
  • THE CHINESE ROOM by Michael West
  • BOY by Anna Ziegler

2010

  • HOT SPOTS by Steven Cosson
  • THE ACID COWBOY by Michael Mitnick
  • ALMOST THE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE by Simon Stephens

2009

  • PLACEBO by Melissa James Gibson
  • THE GOOD STUDENT by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
  • THE POLYGAMIST IS AN ATHIEST by Eric Simonson
  • HOW THE WORLD BEGAN by Catherine Trieschmann

2008

  • THE STORY OF FORGETTING by Rinne Groff, adapted from the novel by Stefan Merrill Block
  • STRANGELET by Lucy Kirkwood
  • THE ANATOMISTS by Hannah Moscovitch
  • JOHN DEE by Mark Schultz
  • KASIMOV by Beau Willimon

2007

  • INTELLIGENCE-SLAVE by Kenneth Lin
  • Bertolt Brecht’s GALILEO, adapted by Craig Lucas
  • DONNY’S BRAIN by Rona Munro
  • IOWA DIRT by Brett Neveu

2006

  • FAKE by Eric Simonson
  • AND THE SUN STOOD STILL by Dava Sobel
  • PERFECT MENDACITY by Jason Wells

2005

  • THE GEOMETRY OF FIRE by Steve Belber
  • DIRT by Bryony Lavery
  • COMPLETENESS by Itamar Moses

2004

  • AN END TO GRIEF by Ron Hutchinson
  • THE VASTY DEEP by Peter Morris
  • FALLOUT by Shelagh Stephenson

2003

  • CLOUDS HILL by Charles Evered

2002

  • THE NATURE OF MUTATION by John Walch

2001

  • ON WORDS AND ONWARDS by Glen Berger

Additional support for Artistic Development is provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Ann M. Limberg, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, Roberta G. Olson, Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts, Richenthal Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation.