In April of 1986, a group of theatre, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material. They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created.
The New Harmony Project brings talented writers of the theater and screen to New Harmony, Indiana for two weeks in the spring to develop their work in a nurturing and supportive environment. Directors, dramaturgs, filmmakers, actors, and students from around the country gather as resources to the process of the writer, and guide them through script development. At the culmination of our conference, those works are read by actors in public play readings that are open to the community.
Our unique mission as an arts service organization is not only to develop new scripts for film, television, and theatre, but also to positively impact theater culture by seeking out and nurturing writers whose work offers hope and celebrates the dignity of the human spirit.
“NHP has grown in magnitude over three decades of sustained efforts with a continued focus on bringing to the world commitment of ‘hope’ and a promise to explore the human condition with tolerance and compassion. As someone who has been there from the beginning, I have watched in awe, as our inspiring collective has grown. It is worth it. It is making a difference. Those writers that we touch are helping to answer the concerns we had those many years ago.”
–John David Lutz, NHP Founding Board Member