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New Works Initiative

Since its founding in 1970, TheatreWorks has been committed to the creation of new works for the stage. In 2000, this commitment was both strengthened and formalized with the establishment of our New Works Initiative, which has now contributed to the development of scores of new plays and musicals, earning national recognition and acclaim for the company and our new works program.

The highlight of the New Works Initiative is our annual New Works Festival, held in August at the beautiful Lucie Stern Theatre. We also host an annual Writers Retreat, commission new work, and host formative readings and workshops throughout the year.

Artists who have participated in the New Works Initiative include Scott Alan, Janet Allard, Mark Allen, Todd Almond, David Austin, Sean Barry, Neil Bartram, Nell Benjamin, Raquel Bitton, Ben Blake, Beth Blatt, Adam Bock, David Bryan, Bill Cain, John Caird, Sam Carner, Stephen Chbosky, Kirsten Childs, Nathan Christensen, Darrah Cloud, Will Connolly, Brian Crawley, Dan Dietz, Joe DiPietro, Colman Domingo, Firoozeh Dumas, Mariana Elder, Scott Ethier, David Ford, David Foster, Hunter Foster, Darcy Fowler, Andrew Gerle, Jenny Giering, Peter Glazer, Daniel Goldfarb, Paul Gordon, Derek Gregor, Joy Gregory, Larry Grossman, Jay Gruska, Lauren Gunderson, Adam Gwon, Carol Hall, Jordan Harrison, Jeffery Hatcher, Jack Heifner, Brain Hill, Lance Horne, Jeff Hughes, Jeffery Hylton, Michael Jackson, DW Jacobs, John Jiler, Tom Jones, Rajiv Joseph, Kait Kerrigan, Lynne Kauffman, Lee Kelson, David Kirshenbaum, Gary Kleson, Henry Kreiger, Cherylene Lee, David Lindsay-Abaire, Andrew Lippa, Matthew Lopez, Brian Lowdermilk, Michele Lowe, Gunnar Madsen, Taj Mahal, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Jennifer Maloney, Melanie Marnich, Martin McCallum, Kevin Merritt, Chris Miller, Winter Miller, Michael Mitnick, Allison Moore, Scott Murphy, David Murray, Janine Nabers, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Michael Nash, Tommy Newman, Marsha Norman, Laurence O’Keefe, Melanie O’Reilly, Billy Philadelphia, Duane Poole, Barbara Quick, Sally Robinson, Kimberly Rosenstock, Bill Russell, Steven Sater, Laura Schellhardt, Scott Schwartz, Stephen Schwartz, Tanya Shaffer, Duncan Sheik, Rachel Sheinkin, Kim Sherman, Tara Smith, Kevin So, Peter Spears, Chris Smith, T.C. Smith, Tara Smith, Georgia Stitt, Eddie J. Sugarman, Lee Summers, Matthew Sweet, Vienna Teng, Joseph Thalken, Joe Tracz, Nathan Tysen, Bob Weir, Tim Werenko, Carey Williams, Oscar Williams, Bess Wohl, Chay Yew, Daniel Zaitchik, Anna Ziegler, as well as GrooveLily (Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn, and Valerie Vigoda) and The Spring Standards (James Cleare, Heather Robb, and James Smith).

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