On today’s podcast, Artistic Director, Paul Meshejian talks about PlayPenn Annual Conference. I spoke with Paul in 2013 about the conference and since then, many plays have been workshopped through the conference and went on to become the topics of many conversations. These plays transfer from the conference to regional stages and J.T. Rogers’ play, OSLO, makes it Broadway debut! Stay Tuned!
PlayPenn is an artist-driven organization dedicated to improving the way in which new plays are developed. Employing an ever-evolving process, PlayPenn creates a relaxed tension within which playwrights can engage in risk-taking, boundary-pushing work free from the pressures of commercial consideration.
PlayPenn playwrights and plays have received their share of awards, publication and recognition, including:
- MacArthur Fellowship: Samuel D. Hunter (PlayPenn 2010)
- Whiting Award: James Ijames (PlayPenn 2013, 2015)
- Guggenheim Fellowship: Gabriel Jason Dean (PlayPenn 2013), Jordan Harrison (PlayPenn 2005), JT Rogers (PlayPenn 2005, 2009, 2015)
- Lilly Award for Playwriting: Lucy Thurber (PlayPenn 2005)
- Pew Fellowship: James Ijames (PlayPenn 2013, 2015)
- Sky Cooper Prize for American Playwriting: Samuel D. Hunter (PlayPenn 2010), Martin Zimmerman (PlayPenn 2012)
- American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award: Jonathan James Norton (PlayPenn 2012)
- Susan Smith Blackburn Prize: Sheila Callaghan (PlayPenn 2005)
- Terrence McNally New Play Award: James Ijames (White, 2015)
- Barrymore Award for Best New Play: R. Eric Thomas (Time is on Our Side, PlayPenn 2015), Michael Hollinger (Ghost-Writer, PlayPenn 2009), Jacqueline Goldfinger (Slip/Shot, PlayPenn 2011)
- Top 10 Plays, New York Times: JT Rogers (Oslo, PlayPenn 2015; Blood and Gifts, PlayPenn 2009)
- Top 10 Plays, Time Magazine: JT Rogers (The Overwhelming, PlayPenn 2005)
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