In May of each year, The New Harmony Project gathers together writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, and students to spend two weeks developing new scripts. The Project's staff and volunteer readers from around the country review the submissions in the fall of each year, with a goal of selecting eight to ten writers to invite to participate.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 conference. follow us on social media and stay up to date as participants are announced.


writers in full development

Following a rigorous selection process, two to four writers are selected as writers in Full Development. These projects receive full support from a creative team including a director and dramaturg, a full cast of professional and student actors, and additional support from staff and student interns. The writer spends the duration of the conference working on one specific script, which culminates in a reading that is free and open to the public. This full focus on one script allows the writer time and space to develop and workshop a project in an unparalleled way. 

writers in residence

Sometimes a writer will come to us with multiple projects, a project that is early in development, or a desire to simply write. For artists, sometimes space and time is all you need to get your creative juices flowing, and for that, we created the Writer in Residence program. Two weeks to work on anything you would like. A peaceful utopian oasis designed to free you from the outside world and just write. Writers are given the opportunity to share what they're working on with the community in a series of "one-night reads," and receive dramaturgical support from student interns. 



Production in residence

As an organization, we recognize the need to support writers in all stages of development. As such, we recently launched a third residency slot designed to support unproduced scripts going directly into production at nationally recognized theaters. The purpose of this residency slot is to provide additional collaborative time to playwrights and creative teams before launching world premiere productions. In 2019, we partnered with Steppenwolf Theater Company and Center Theatre Group to further develop King James by Rajiv Joseph. Rajiv was joined in residence by Anna Shapiro (Steppenwolf Artistic Director), Polly Hubbard (Steppenwolf Director of New Play Development), and Neel Keller (CTG Associate Artistic Director), along with a cast of Steppenwolf-selected actors.