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Russel G Jones, Jeremie Harris and Karen Pittman in "King Liz" by Fernanda Coppel
Second Stage Uptown's "The Happiest Song Plays Last" by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Second Stage Theatre

Second Stage (2ST) is committed to the production of new works, revitalizing the American theatre, and fostering the professional development of early-career artists. This commitment to bringing fresh voices to the stage is principally exhibited by 2ST’s New American Fund and project UPTOWN.  Since 2002, Second Stage UPTOWN has exclusively produced  original works from the minds of young, up and coming playwrights.  The development initiative is meant to secure the future of American theatre and to explore the voices of a diverse selection of creators.

Lead funding for Second Stage UPTOWN is provided by the Time Warner Foundation.  2ST’s efforts allow emerging playwrights the ability to create work with the support of a major New York theatre company and expands that experience to a full production. While UPTOWN helps early career playwrights develop some of their earliest works into acclaimed, fully produced hits, this program is known for catapulting artists into successful careers.

The Foundation support stages shaped by storytellers with colorful and varied ideas and a theatrical industry full of inclusive thought, experimentation, and memorable voices.  The direction of 2ST, guiding young writers to learn the production process in full, is achieving that vision while crafting new leaders in theater and media. The successes of Tanya Saracho, Fernanda Coppel, Leslye Headland, Rajiv Joseph, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on stage, in television, and film speaks to the potency of the 2ST model.

For more information on Second Stage and their artist development initiatives, New American Fund and Second Stage UPTOWN, please visit their website: http://2st.com/

Russel G Jones, Jeremie Harris and Karen Pittman in "King Liz" by Fernanda Coppel
Second Stage Uptown's "The Happiest Song Plays Last" by Quiara Alegría Hudes