New Play Development
Amplifying the voices of theater artists
As a producer of compelling new works, we are committed to championing the stories from new and established artists alike, amplifying the voices of emerging playwrights through our deeply collaborative programs and initiatives. We cultivate plays and musicals from over three dozen artists each year through developmental programs such our Amplified Reading Series, Launch Commissions, and summer MixFest, celebrating writers from specific cultural communities.
MixFest is a festival of new plays that focuses on artists from specific cultural communities. Beginning with Latino MixFest (2010-2014) and continuing with Asian-American MixFest (2017), Middle Eastern MixFest (2018), Immigrant MixFest (2019), and African Caribbean MixFest (2021), this collaboration explores and celebrates the wealth of diverse stories in the American theater and brings these artists into the Atlantic family.
MixFest 2021 was African Caribbean MixFest, co-produced by playwright Guadalís Del Carmen and playwright, director, and Artistic Director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah!
Atlantic’s robust commissioning program supports a range of writers from early career (with our Launch Commission program) to established writers such as Doug Wright (Posterity). Through our various commissioning opportunities we are thrilled to support ambitious, robust stories from a diverse group of writers.
Launch Commissions are offered annually to early-career playwrights who have not yet had an Off-Broadway production and have fewer than three commissions from mid-to-large size theater companies.
In addition to Launch, Atlantic has commissioned several artists that we greatly admire and are excited to work with.
Current commissioned artists
Ngozi Anyanwu (supported by Jean Doumanian Productions)
Clare Barron (supported by New York State Council on the Arts)
France-Luce Benson (supported by New York State Council on the Arts)
Matthew Capodicasa (Judith Champion Launch Commission)
Tom Donaghy and Emily Gardner Xu Hall
Kelley Nicole Girod (Launch Commission)
Gracie Gardner (2020-2021 Tow Playwright-in-Residence)
Lily Houghton (Launch Commission)
Anchuli Felicia King (supported by New York State Council on the Arts)
Paola Lázaro (Launch Commission)
Gloria Majule (Judith Champion Launch Commission)
Nikki Massoud (Launch Commission)
Brian Otaño (Launch Commission)
Alex Riad (Judith Champion Launch Commission)
David Mitchell Robinson (Launch Commission)
Abby Rosebrock (Launch Commission)
Melissa Ross (supported by New York State Council on the Arts)
Tori Sampson (Launch Commission)
Heidi Schreck (supported by Kenyon College)
Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel
Lloyd Suh (supported by New York State Council on the Arts)
Jack Thorne (supported by Jean Doumanian Productions)
Sanaz Toossi (supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation)
Max Yu (Launch Commission)
Amplified Reading Series Support
Curated by Director of New Play Development Abigail Katz, the Amplified Reading Series presents bold new plays throughout the season with an expanded rehearsal process for more meaningful engagement with the material and the playwright.
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All of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.