The National New Play Network is the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. We strive to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.

Since its founding in 1998, the National New Play Network has supported nearly 150 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which creates NNPN Rolling World Premieres of new plays; granted more than a million dollars to its Member theaters, their staffs and affiliated artists; and provided hundreds of playwrights and other theater-makers with developmental workshops, commissions, and paid residencies. Now, after seventeen seasons, hundreds of thousands of audience members around the world have seen plays that were created and honed with support from NNPN.


NNPN’s Four Core Values

New plays are vital to the cultural health of our communities and our nation.

Playwrights who speak with unique, essential, and influential voices deserve to be championed.

Diversity across all definitions, throughout our Network and its members, strengthens us and the field.

Collaboration at all levels and among all parties is indispensable to the creation of new plays.