New Plays Live Here

Exciting news!

We are delighted to welcome Che’Rae Adams as our new Artistic Director. Che’Rae’s theatre background and experience working to help playwrights bring their visions to life poise her to lead PlayPenn into an exciting new era. Producer. Speaker. Mentor. Director. Dramaturg. Advocate. These are all words that describe Che’Rae who has spent her career working to reach audiences by telling stories that reflect the diverse world in which we live.

Learn more about our new leader here!

We are also delighted to announce that applications for the

2022 New Play Development Conference

will open January 15, and run through February 15th!

The 2022 Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 5-24 at The Drake Theatre. This year is different from past years, in that only Philadelphia playwrights can apply.

The parameters for this are broad and include writers who were born or/and raised in Philly, were educated there, or who at any time had an address within a thirty-mile radius of the city.

Apply here!

"What PlayPenn is doing directly strengthens the lifeblood of the American Theatre."

-J.T. Rogers, playwright