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.

    Summer Internship Program

    PlayPenn is now accepting applications to fill six intern positions for our 2019 Conference running July 7th through July 28th, 2019.  Interns receive a stipend and will assist a team in the development of one of six plays, in addition to assisting with administrative and production needs. This is a wonderful opportunity for motivated young theater artists to work alongside experienced professionals in a concentrated and fulfilling environment. Click here for more information.

    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