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Growing Forward - Together

On November 13 and 14, 2021, National New Play Network hosted our Annual Conference dedicated to Creating Accountability and Embracing Change.


We are thrilled to share four events from that virtual gathering with you.


Playwrights Slam

Featuring work by Francisca Da Silveira, Ricardo Pérez González, Brent Askari, Lucas Baisch, Keiko Green, Lindsay Carpenter, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Reina Hardy


These writers all had their NNPN-supported programs significantly adjusted or postponed during the early days of the pandemic and we were proud to feature them here.




Why It's Time for Change: A Conversation with Members of the No More 10 out of 12's Working Group

Featuring Lindsay Jones, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Lawrence Bennett, and Courtney Sale

Our opening plenary, featuring four industry leaders and members of the No More 10 out of 12's Working Group highlights the history of the practice of having technical rehearsals that allow 10 hours of work out of a 12-hour time frame. Speakers also share arguments for change and practical strategies that can be employed to make the theater a more humane and human-focused workplace. Learn more about the No More 10 out of 12s movement and get involved here.


Create a New Banner: Coming into our Collective Power

Our midday keynote conversation with the new Artistic Director of Magic Theatre - Sean San José - is a passionate call to action for a field in need of transformation.

This session includes strong language and may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive listeners.



Expanding the Table: Reimagining the Model of Theater Leadership

Our closing plenary featured Clare Drobot, Marc Masteron, and Monteze Freeland, the three Co-Artistic Directors of Pittsburgh's City Theatre Company speaking with candor, grace, and gratitude about the new model of shared leadership they are putting into practice.




At NNPN, we believe that our current moment is rich with the possibility of transformation. We are dedicated to working toward a more inclusive, robust, anti-racist, pro-love new play and American theater ecology. And we hope you'll join us in that work in 2022 and beyond.

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