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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.


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


Each summer PlayPenn hires six interns to take part in our July New Play Development Conference.  This is a wonderful opportunity for motivated young theater artists to work alongside experienced professionals in a concentrated and fulfilling environment.

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

Applications for internships for the 2022 Conference are currently open. For the full description of the position, and application instructions, check our post here. Questions regarding the Conference should be directed to Santiago Iacinti at

For administrative internships throughout the year, please contact

"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