With an unwavering pledge to model a robust, equitable, and inclusive new play ecology that reflects a broad range of aesthetics, National New Play Network has made equity, diversity, inclusion, and access strategic priorities, and is currently seeking Core Member Theaters of Color (See definition 1 below) and Associate Member Theaters, especially those that identify as Theaters of Color, which are like-minded, professional (2), non-profit organizations with a demonstrated commitment (3) to producing new plays (4).

NNPN Member Theaters must:


Associate Membership provides a wide range of professional, nonprofit producing theaters that develop and/or produce new works with access to the Network and its programs. Associate Members must meet certain budgetary and producing criteria but are not required to go through a full vetting process and contribute dues at a lower rate.

Associate Member benefits include:

For more on the process of applying for Associate Membership, please contact Rose Figueroa at


Core Membership is best suited to theaters with a desire to participate in the governance of the organization and to help shape NNPN’s programs for its membership and the new play field. Currently NNPN is seeking Core Membership applications from companies that identify as Theaters of Color. Core Members have access to the full range of NNPN programs and funding opportunities and make a greater financial commitment to the organization.

Core Member benefits include:

NNPN’s Membership Committee, with the support of staff, vet prospective Core Members over the course of a season. Applications are reviewed and voted on by the NNPN Core Membership at its Annual Conference, held each year in late spring.

For more on the process of applying for Core Membership, please contact


(1) Theaters of Color are defined by NNPN as theaters that Self-Identify as Theaters of Color that make work by, for, with, and about Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC)

(2) Professional theaters are defined by NNPN as theaters that:

These principles are written in broad terms to help clarify what NNPN considers to be a professional theater. Active members of the Network are expected to demonstrate conduct that follows these recognized and established professional standards.

(3) NNPN determines that a theater has demonstrated a commitment to producing new plays if it has:

(4) A new play is, for NNPN’s purposes, one that is:

(5) An anti-racism/anti-bias statement and action plan, broadly defined, is a document that codifies the objectives for and plans to counteract and prevent bias and oppose and prohibit unfair discrimination against people based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender identity, language, sexual orientation, neurodiversity and/or disability, and/or economic class.