Staff

  • Nan Barnett

    Executive Director

    Nan Barnett is a new play developer and producer, and an advocate for theater-makers and the theater they make. She is currently the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country's alliance of more than 100 theaters with a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays and the pioneering of programs and innovations for the new play sector. During her previous tenures on NNPN’s Executive Committee and as its President she worked to create and implement several of the organization’s revolutionary initiatives, including the acclaimed NNPN Rolling World Premieres and NNPN Playwright and Producer Residency programs. Since returning to the Network as its administrative leader, Nan has led the organization through the development and launch of its field-altering database, the New Play Exchange, added a fellowship program for directors, and is currently spearheading collaborative projects with American Theatre Wing and Theatre Development Fund. She was a founding company member and the long-time Managing Director of the nation’s largest regional theater producing exclusively new and developing plays, Florida Stage. During her twenty-four seasons there she oversaw the development and production of hundreds of new plays and musicals for both emerging and veteran playwrights including Israel Horovitz, Lee Blessing, William Mastrosimone, Tammy Ryan, Steven Dietz, Jeffrey Hatcher, Catherine Trieschmann, Christopher McGovern, Deborah Zoe Laufer, and Nilo Cruz. 

    A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Professional Actor Training Program, she is the winner of the Theatre League of South Florida’s Remy Award for service to the theatrical community, the Fallon Award for excellence from the Florida Professional Theatre Association, and twice South Florida’s Carbonell Award as an actress.

    She was a member of the inaugural Helen Hayes Awards’ New Play Panel and is on the Artistic Council of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Nan was a Coordinating Producer for the nationally acclaimed Women’s Voices Theater Festival in the nation's capital region, where more than 50 theaters joined together to fully produce more than 50 world premieres of plays by women writers in the fall of 2015.

  • Gwydion Suilebhan

    Project Director, New Play Exchange

    Gwydion Suilebhan joined NNPN in 2013. An NNPN alumni playwright, founding member of The Welders, and DC’s representative to the Dramatists Guild, Gwydion is the author of The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, Let X, The Faithkiller and Cracked. His work has been commissioned, produced, and developed by Centerstage, dog & pony DC, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, HotCity Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Source Theater Festival, Theater Alliance, and Theater J. He writes for stage, screen, print, and throughout the blogosphere, including HowlRound and www.suilebhan.com. As a digital strategist, Gwydion has led interactive initiatives for a variety of organizations, including Ford’s Theatre, the Peace Corps, the State Department, the National Wildlife Federation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Drug Policy Alliance, Zipcar, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His work has earned significant industry recognition, including two Webby Awards and nominations.

  • Jordana Fraider

    Programs Manager

    Jordana Fraider serves as Program Manager, bringing experience in development, event planning, and program administration to her role at NNPN, where she arrived after two years in contemporary visual art with (e)merge art fair and CONNERSMITH gallery. A former actor and lifetime patron and practitioner of theatre, Jordana comes to NNPN as an emerging arts manager, dialogue facilitator, and social justice advocate. In addition to her work at NNPN, Jordana facilitates post-show discussions at Associate Member Forum Theatre (Silver Spring, MD), and has served as a freelance facilitator and perfromance dramaturg for The Welders, dog & pony dc, and DC Metro Theatre Arts. For the last 5 years, she served on the board of a small grant-making foundation, the Diverse City Fund, where she managed relationships with former grantees and supported the proposal-writing process for new applicants. Jordana holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from American University.

  • Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin

    2017-18 Producer in Residence

    Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin, (RP) is the Producer-Residence at National New Play Network, where he is focusing on data-driven program evaluation and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Outside of the Network, RP works for Flanagan Theater Projects on the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival and served as the Project Coordinator for Triple Play, a national research project with the Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Bay Area developing and executing new models for creating and sustaining substantive conversations among theatres, audiences, and artists. RP came to D.C. as the Artistic Fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Company. He received his BFA in Theatre from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University

  • Jess Hutchinson

    Communications Consultant

    Jess Hutchinson is a theatre director, dramaturg, and producer. She earned her MFA at UT Austin, where she had the pleasure of collaborating with stellar writers on projects like 381 Bleecker‘ratioLyla School, 70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens, 100 Heartbreaks and Enter A Woman, Pretty Enough. As Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, her favorite projects included Arcadia, The Dining Room, and world premieres of Burying Miss America, Lighthousekeeping, and The Man Who Was Thursday, as well as the world premiere of Hideous Progeny for LiveWire Chicago Theater. She was proud to be the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater and is a founding member of Austin’s groundswell theatre. More at www.jesshutchinson.com.