New Plays Live Here

    PlayPenn advances Philadelphia’s reputation as a crossroads for theatre artists.

    The Art of Playwriting

    PlayPenn is an artist-driven organization dedicated to improving the way in which new plays are developed. Our annual Conference and year-round development workshops result in staged readings of new plays each year for over 1,800 artists, producers, and theatergoers. Additionally, our educational programs serve another 250 writers from around the globe.

    December Workshop Reading

    On December 17th at 7:30pm join PlayPenn for a free workshop reading of The Haunted Life, a new play based on the lost novel by Jack Kerouac. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

    Upcoming Classes

    Dramaturgy 101 with Julia Bumke
    640 433 Play Penn

    PlayPenn Artistic Director Paul Meshejian was recently honored with Theatre Philadelphia’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more about the award and other Barrymore honorees here.

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

    -J.T. Rogers, playwright