The Foundry

A Philadelphia Playwrights Lab

The Foundry is Playpenn’s three-year membership program supporting emerging playwrights in Philadelphia with professional development, networking opportunities, and exposure as they launch their playwriting careers.

Thank you to everyone who has applied to be part of our 2024-25 Foundry class!
We have now received 50 applications, and we are not accepting any more.

Finalists will be interviewed between July 14 and July 30.
All applicants will receive notice of the status of their application by August 15.

Foundry Members Griffin Horn, eppchez yo-si yes, Devin Randall, Robynne M Graffam, and Megan Schumacher
2023 Foundry Members (from left to right)
Griffin Horn, eppchez yo-si yes, Devin Randall, Robynne M Graffam, and Megan Schumacher

Foundry History

In the summer of 2012, Philadelphia-based playwrights and educators Michael Hollinger, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Quinn D. Eli discovered that they were all losing promising playwriting students to other cities after college graduation because there was very little support for Philadelphia’s emerging playwrights: playwrights who are hovering between college graduation and their first or second professional production. In response, they founded The Foundry, a playwright support organization modeled on other successful development programs.  In 2016, PlayPenn was thrilled to embrace The Foundry as a core program.

Present Day

Members of The Foundry have had their plays produced at theatres in Philadelphia, including InterAct, Azuka, Act II Playhouse and Simpatico, and at festivals and theatres across the country. Emerging artists in Philadelphia are encouraged to apply to this playwriting incubator, which includes writing retreats, exclusive master classes with leading industry playwrights, a micro-granting program for continued professional development, conference attendance and self-producing initiatives. Members develop their craft, build their knowledge about the business of theater, and receive ample opportunities to network with industry leaders. Upon “graduation,” playwrights will have written one or more plays, participated in a showcase for theatregoers and theatre professionals, and found connection and opportunity in their field.

"Part of what puts Philadelphia on the map as a great place for theater is the enormous number of talented playwrights who live and work here, so investing in that work and helping those playwrights find opportunities to grow as artists is the reason the Foundry exists."

-Quinn Eli, Foundry Co-Founder