- 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 110 not for profit, professional 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. Nan took over the Network’s administration full time in 2013. Since then she has led NNPN through the development and launch of its field-altering database, the New Play Exchange, earned The Washington Post’s 2015 Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theater Community, tripled its membership, and dramatically increased funding for the Network. She is currently spearheading collaborative partnerships between NNPN and, among others, American Theatre Wing, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, and Theatre Development Fund, in addition to strengthening its other successful programs and projects.
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. Nan is the winner of the Theatre League of South Florida’s Remy Award for service to the theatrical community and the Fallon Award for Excellence from the Florida Professional Theatre Association.
A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Actors Training Program, Nan was a three-time nominee and twice won 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 and PlayPenn. Nan regularly leads board and artist training sessions across the country about the impact and business of new works, field innovation, gender parity, and a life in the theater, and is a frequent featured speaker at events ranging from playwright workshops to national convenings including the CityWrights Playwrights Conference, Florida Repertory Theatre's New Voices, the Denver Center New Play Summit, Theatre Communications Group’s Conference, American College Theater Festival, NY’s Good to Go Summit, The Women in Theater Conference, and the Austin Film Festival.
Nan was a Coordinating Producer for 2015's nationally acclaimed Women’s Voices Theater Festival in the nation's capital region, where she currently resides, and produced its second iteration and the inaugural International Women's Voices Day in 2018.
- Programs Director
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 performance dramaturg for Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theater Alliance, The Welders, and dog & pony dc. Jordana holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from American University.
- Executive Assistant
Aria Velz is a northern Virginia native who is happy to be a part of the team. After graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she moved back to the DC area to become a literary fellow at Arena Stage, working on several world premiere plays in rehearsals, workshops, and production. Upon leaving Arena she worked for two years as a grantwriting firm, specializing in project adminstration and development strategy for theaters and other performing arts organizations. Aria continues to be a freelance dramaturg, director, and stage manager in the DC metro area. She received her BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from UArts.
- Communications Coordinator
Jess Hutchinson is a director, dramaturg, producer, and NNPN’s Communications Coordinator. Recent credits include the premiere of Kristin Idaszak’s Second Skin, and workshop productions of Emily Dendinger’s No Home For Bees and Sarah Saltwick’s Scarlet Letter. Jess earned her MFA in Directing at UT Austin, focusing on the development of new work. As Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, favorite projects included Arcadia, The Dining Room, and world premieres of Burying Miss America, Lighthousekeeping, and The Man Who Was Thursday (which she will direct in a new production at Lifeline Theatre this winter). She was proud to be the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas. www.jesshutchinson.com.
- Project Director, New Play Exchange
Gwydion Suilebhan is an American writer, innovator, and arts advocte who serves as the chief architech and evangelist of the New Play Exchange. A founding member of The Welders, a Helen Hayes Award-winning playwrights collective in Washington, DC, Suilebhan has served as a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America since 2017. He was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, he served previously as the Director of Brand and Marketing for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
As a writer, Suilebhan’s work has been noted for its “dexterous theatricality and unexpected pleasure” (Washington Post). He is the author of several plays, including The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, Let X, and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated Transmission, among others. His work has been commissioned, developed, and produced by Centerstage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Forum Theatre, Theater J, and Theater Alliance, among others. Suilebhan is also the author of Anthem, a short film directed by Hal Hartley, and a forthcoming (2019) web series called All Souls.
Earlier in his career, Suilebhan primarily wrote poetry and non-fiction. He served as the poetry editor of Barrelhouse from 2004 to 2006 and taught creative writing as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Two of his plays—Abstract Nude and Cracked—have been published by Original Works. Suilebhan has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, two from the Montgomery County Arts Council, and one from the Maryland State Arts Council. He was also the recipient of a Larry Neal Writers Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Suilebhan earned a Master of Arts in poetry in 1993 from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Allen Grossman and Peter Sacks. In 1990, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in writing from Northwestern University, where he studied with essayist Joseph Epstein and poets Mary Kinzie and Alan Shapiro.
- Development Consultant
Christine Stanley is a passionate advocate for the arts, engaging the community and donors in the life of theater, music and the performing arts.
Christine currently serves as the Senior Director of Advancement and Planning at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA . Christine is also an active fundraising and strategic planning consultant. She is currently working with the National New Play Network. Other projects have included the Washington National Cathedral, where she worked with the Cathedral's artists, fundraising, and communications teams to develop a strategic plan for the expansion of the presentations for the Cathedral’s arts programs. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development for Washington Performing Arts Society where she led a team of board, volunteers and staff to record-setting revenue achievements in all giving areas.
For five years, Christine served as the director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s campaign for a new $300 million concert hall. During her tenure, multi-million dollar gifts were secured from leading community philanthropists, foundations, and corporations including Coca-Cola, SunTrust Bank, UPS, and creatively, two leading law firms who partnered to make a $5 million gift. Also while at the Atlanta Symphony, Christine initiated an overhaul of the major and planned giving areas to focus gift officers efforts on leadership giving to support new works, tours, commissions and for special projects.
Christine has additionally served in fundraising and marketing roles at The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera Company, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management from Florida State University.
- New Play Exchange Support
Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin, (RP) is the former Producer-Residence at National New Play Network, where he focused on data-driven program evaluation and equity, diversity, and inclusion. RP worked with Flanagan Theater Projects as the Producing Associate on the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival, leading International Women's Voices Day, a coordinated effort between the Festival, National New Play Network, and New Play Exchange garnering more than 275 readings of unproduced plays by women on the anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. He has also served as the Casting Director at Mosaic Theater Company of DC and 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 and received his BFA in Theatre from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.