Full Productions


There are a lot of script development programs, but our mission is specifically about finding scripts that celebrate and elevate the human experience. We’re looking for glass half-full plays, not works that are negative or violent. That’s not to say there aren’t sad, dramatic, or dark scenes, but we see the characters overcome it.

Carrie Preston, Actress, True Blood, The Good Wife

We come here from all avenues of American life... from the complete spectrum embracing a diversity of experience, and together, explore stories that ennoble the human spirit.

Andrew Tsao, NHP Artistic Director, 1995-1996

New Harmony reminds us all that this craziness is just unnatural. They push the process in the absolute opposite direction, with the assumption that when a writer feels safe and supported by the entire community - actors, directors, dramaturgs - the work will sing.

Theresa Rebeck, Writer, NBC's SmashDead Accounts, Mauritius, Seminar

I didn't consider what a wonderful experience it would be working with people who were trying to create art that offers hope and solace. Sometimes "hopeful" stories are the opposite, because they don't consider the reality or the scope of the problems they address. But I found all of the work at the Project to be honest, forthright, and realistic in its consideration of the obstacles facing us. That was remarkably inspiring.

Rebecca Gilman, Writer, Spinning into Butter, Boy Gets Girl

I've never been part of a theater project that was so generous, un-pretentious and community driven

MJ Kaufman, Writer

We aim to foster the growth of new plays that reflect the breadth and diversity of the world we live in - the challenges, the revelations and the hopes of American life today.

Mead K. Hunter, NHP Artistic Director, 2013-Present

I think what they do and what they do really well at NHP is that they make room for each individual writer’s process.

Lee Blessing, Writer/Director, A Walk in the Woods, Eleemosynary

We gather together as a community united in the sole purpose to support and encourage our writers and their distinct voices. Their tales spin a perspective on our culture that reflects our very essence and soul. Be kind, their words and stories will outlive us all.

James Houghton, NHP Artistic Director, 1997-1999

My favorite cliché is a "creative community". I've read about them since I was a child. I read about Bloomsbury, Gertrude Stein's salon... Algonquin's Round Table. And I stepped into my very own here at The New Harmony Project.

Melissa Manchester, Singer/Composer

The New Harmony Project honors a landscape scored with the history of drams and dreamers by cherishing writers who help us embrace the complexity of life with a vision of hope and a belief in the resiliency of the human spirit.

Paul Walsh, NHP Artistic Director, 2007-2012

The New Harmony Project is a place for artists to gather in celebration of work. It is a place where we recognize and acknowledge our gifts, our inspiration and perhaps mostly deeply, our privilege. It is a place for our stories to be uncovered, explored and most importantly, told. And we know that the opportunity to tell them together is a blessing.

Anna D. Shapiro, NHP Artistic Director, 2000-2002

Having been a professional actor for over 30 years, there are virtually so few places where writers can be nurtured and supported in an environment that is absent of producers and commercial pressures. And the New Harmony Project is one of the preeminent stops for playwrights who need time to nurture their craft.

Dede Lovejoy, Actress

Each year, the conference provides much needed artistic and spiritual rejuvenation that helps us continue our lives and careers in NYC. The trials and tribulations of this profession are put into perspective when you can take the time to breathe in the creative, healing, and renewing energy that surrounds The Project.

Lori and David Hudson, New Harmony Project Participants

It’s whispered about backstage at shows across the country and described as an escape for actors, directors, writers and theater production professionals to develop, create and be inspired. The New Harmony Project is the best kept secret in new theater and screenplay development and has provided writers with a two-week creative retreat in the historic town for 29 years now.

Kelly Gifford, Evansville Courier & Press


Approximately half of the scripts that New Harmony Project has incubated over its 30 year lifespan have gone onto full production at the national or regional level.  See below for some highlights from our distinguished alums:



Production: Folger Theatre, Washington, DC (May-July 2016)


Production: The Atlantic Theater Company (Off-Broadway), New York, NY (2016)

Readings: The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN (Feb 2015), TheatreWorks Sillicon Valley New Works Festival (Aug 2015)

THE WIND AND THE BREEZE by Nathan Alan Davis

Awards: Lorraine Hansberry Award (2012/13), New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, Blue Ink Playwriting Award (2016)


MR. WHEELER'S by Rob Zellers

Production: In talks to be produced in 2017 at Youngstown State University Theater

Readings: Play Penn New Play Development Conference, Philadelphia, PA (July 2014), Playwrights Theatre ‘Soundings’ Series, Dreyfuss Theatre, Madison, NJ (Jan 2015), Pioneer Theatre Company Play-by-Play Series, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (Mar 2015)

STILL NOW by Katie Bender

Production: City Theater, Austin, TX (Sep-Oct 2014)

Awards: Nominated for 4 B. Iden Payne Awards, Kilroy’s 2015 List (Top 7%)

THE THERE THERE by Jason Gray Platt

Readings: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver, CO (Feb 2015), TheatreWorks Sillicon Valley New Works Festival (Aug 2015)


THE ALEPH PROJECT by Deborah Yarchun

Production: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (May 2013)

Readings: Greenhouse Project, Minneapolis, MN (Oct 2014), Workhouse Theatre Company (2014)

Awards: Woodward/Newman Drama Award (finalist), Bloomington Playwrights Project (2013), Jerome Fellowship (2013), Red Theatre’s National Competition (Runner-up) (2014), Kilroy’s 2015 List (Honorable Mention)


Production: New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA (Jan-Feb 2016)

Reading: Global Age Project, Aurora Theater, Berkeley, CA (2014)

Workshop: Carlotta Festival of New Plays, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT (2013)

Awards: 2014 Global Age Project (Winner), Kilroy’s 2015 List (Top 7%)

SOUPS, STEWS AND CASSEROLES: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman

Productions: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (Mar 2014), Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL (May-June 2016)

Reading: The Helen, New Ground Theatre Festival, Cleveland, OH (May 2015)

Awards: Kilroy’s 2014 List (Top 46), Roe Green Award (2015)


Productions: Theatre Squared, Fayetteville, AR (Aug-Sep 2013), Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX (Apr-May 2015)


Reading: Breaking Ground Reading Series, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA (Feb 2014)

Award: Kilroy’s 2014 List (Top 46)


GROUNDED by George Brant

Productions: Over 58 productions, including New Jersey Repertory Theater (Mar 2013), Traverse Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Aug 2013), Gate Theatre, London, England (Aug 2013 & Apr 2014), San Francisco Playhouse (Aug-Sep 2013), Borderlands Theatre, Tuscon, AZ (Oct 2013), Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, KS (Jan 2014), Page 73, New York, NY (Jan 2014), Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago, IL (June-July 2014), Public Theater, New York, NY (Apr-May 2015, dir. Julie Tamor, star. Anne Hathaway)

Workshops: Bay Area Playwrights Festival, National New Play Network, Manhattan Theatre Club, Unicorn Theatre, Georgetown University, NJ Rep, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, Generous Company’s Gumbo Festival of New Theatrical Work.

Awards: 2012 Smith Prize for New Play on Political Theme, 2015 Theatre Netto Festival Prize, NNPN Roling World Premiere, Scotsman Fringe First Award, British Council Recommendation, Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production (2013), Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Drama (2013)


Production: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (Oct-Nov 2012)

Award: Winner of 2012 Todd McNerney New Play Prize at Spoleto Festival


Reading: Half Moon Theatre (Jan 2016)


ALEXANDRIA by Alex Lewin

Reading: 2012 Premiere Stages Play Festival, University Center Little Theatre, Kean University, Union, NJ (Mar 2012)

ANTARKTIKOS by Andrea Stolowitz

Production: Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA (Mar 2013)

Readings: White Pine Productions, dir. Ed Sobel, Reed College Black Box Theatre (2011), Seattle Repertory Theatre (July 2012)

Workshops: JAW Festival, Portland Center Stage (July 2011), High Desert Play Festival (Mar 2012)

Awards: PlayPenn Conference Festival (July 2011), 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, 2013 Oregon Book Award

Publishing: Theatre Forum Magazine (Summer 2013)


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Productions: Portland Center Stage (Oct 2012), Gate Theatre, London, England (Jan-Feb 2014), Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia, PA (Jan-Feb 2015), Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT (Jan 2016), Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, NY (Feb-Mar 2016)

Awards: 2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award, 2013 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama inspired by American History, 2013 PEN Center USA Award for Drama, 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright, shortlisted (2015), 2015 Horton Foote Award, Best American Play (finalist)

DEAD ACCOUNTS by Teresa Rebeck

Productions: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH (Feb 2012), Music Box Theatre, Broadway, star. Katie Holmes, Norbert Leo Butz (Nov 2012-Jan 2013), Hampton Theatre, Quogue, NY (Jan 2016), Sugden Community Theatre, Naples, FL (Jan-Feb 2017)

IN THE BOOK OF by John Walch

Productions: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Jan 2012), Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL (Mar-May 2013), Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle, WA (Mar-Apr 2014)

Reading: Mirror Stage, Feed Your Mind (Feb 2013)


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