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.
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.
I've never been part of a theater project that was so generous, un-pretentious and community driven
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think what they do and what they do really well at NHP is that they make room for each individual writer’s process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1986, The New Harmony Project has been serving writers and celebrating the human spirit. For the past thirty years, we have welcomed over 200 writers to join us in developing their work and rejuvenating their soul. Below is an inclusive list of the various projects we have served throughout our history.