In 2010, in an effort to encourage innovative, pioneering, project-based partnerships among theaters in support of playwrights and new plays, the National New Play Network established its Collaboration Fund.
In the 2017 program year, NNPN expanded the program to fund two different types of collaboration: between multiple theaters and between theaters and playwrights. This new configuration is our effort to address the many different ways theater companies work together and with playwrights to develop and produce new works. Monies are awarded annually on a competitive basis to projects proposed to NNPN’s Executive Committee by National New Play Network Core Members, working together with other theaters and playwrights on the development or production of a new work or works.
Theater-to-Theater Collaborations encourage greater collaboration and innovation among NNPN members, and provides seed money to theaters that want to pilot new and unexpected projects, and step outside their normal budgetary confines to work together to launch a new work. A project may receive a maximum of $10,000 - theaters are invited to request funding up to this amount. NNPN may award less than the full requested amount to a project, and proposals must indicate the project’s viability without full funding.
Theater-to-Playwright Collaborations strive to encourage greater collaboration and innovation between Member Theaters and playwrights, allow for more flexibility regarding playwright residencies, and will provide money to theaters that want to explore the development of new works of interest to the Network. A project may receive between $1,000 and $10,000 - theaters are invited to request funding up to this amount. A portion of that grant must be paid directly to the playwright collaborator as a fee (minimum of $150 per work day.).