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.

    Upcoming Classes

    Seven-Week Intensive with John Yearley
    640 433 Play Penn

    Unleash the Writer Within with Amy Witting
    640 433 Play Penn

    The Making of a Musical with Daniel and Patrick Lazour
    640 433 Play Penn

    PlayPenn Artistic Director Paul Meshejian will be 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