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    Work with us!  PlayPenn offers internships and work opportunities throughout the year to students, playwrights, directors, actors and theatre enthusiasts with a passion for new work.

    2015 Playwrights


    Each year in September, PlayPenn opens its application process to consider plays and playwrights for its next summer’s Conference. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20-day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write.


    Conference Directors are chosen in consultation with selected Conference Playwrights. The best way to participate in the Conference is to establish relationships with playwrights who have an interest in working developmentally with PlayPenn. Nonetheless, we are happy to hear of your interest.

    Antoinette Nwandu and Danya Taymor


    PlayPenn is now accepting applications to fill six intern positions, open to those who have an interest in playwriting/ dramaturgy/ directing to take part in our 2019 Conference, between July 7th and July 28th, 2019.  This is a wonderful opportunity for motivated young theater artists to work alongside experienced professionals in a concentrated and fulfilling environment.

    Each intern will assist a collaborative team in the development of one of six plays invited to the conference chosen in a national search.  Interns will also assist in the administrative, front of house and production needs of the conference.

    Interns will also be given the opportunity to participate in a playwriting workshop culminating in the public presentation of their own written work performed by conference artists.

    Each intern will receive a stipend for their work at the conference. Unfortunately, PlayPenn cannot provide housing for out of town interns.

    Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019. Questions should be directed to Tom Shotkin at

    For administrative internships throughout the year, please contact Erin Read at

    "I can't tell you how much it has meant to meet all of you and work alongside you. I'm not exaggerating when I say that coming to PlayPenn and working with all of you was one of the best things I have done in my life. I learned so much."

    -Ryan Hudak, Intern '10