Grants

"Girl Shakes Loose" in Development at the 2016 National Music Theater Conference. Book & Lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander. Music & Lyrics by Imani Uzuri. Photo by Isaak Berlinger.
"Running on Fire" by Aurin Squire in development at the 2016 National Playwrights Conference. Photo by Isaak Berliner.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is one of the most established American theater companies there is. Since 1964, the Eugene O’Neill’s been a creative home for the discovery, nurturing, and development of new works. With a rich history of bold exploration, it would be easy to get lost in past accomplishments yet the impressive organization consistently presses forth in its commitment to advancing new voices.

Eugene O’Neill’s model for the development of innovative American theater sets a standard at its annual National Playwrights Conference (NPC) and National Music Theater Conference (NMTC). Time Warner Foundation proudly supports these laboratory and showcase, writer-centric conferences. The two programs are meant to launch promising new theater artists into their careers.

The Conferences immerse eleven to fifteen artists in a creative community for up to six weeks. The creative period involves the support of a full professional company of production staff, designers, dramaturgs, actors, and directors to assist with workshops, rehearsals, consulting, rewrites and public readings. These conferences are a vital part of the tradition of moving theater forward. August Wilson (Fences), Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), and Meryl Streep all had early-career professional credits at NPC and NMTC. For more information on Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and their National Playwrights and National Music Theater Conferences, please visit their website: http://www.theoneill.org/

"Girl Shakes Loose" in Development at the 2016 National Music Theater Conference. Book & Lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander. Music & Lyrics by Imani Uzuri. Photo by Isaak Berlinger.
"Running on Fire" by Aurin Squire in development at the 2016 National Playwrights Conference. Photo by Isaak Berliner.