2018-2019 Terry Schreiber New Works Initiative

Introducing the Terry Schreiber New Works Initiative:

The T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre is excited to introduce our “New Works Initiative,” (formerly the New Works Project). The T. Schreiber Theatre is dedicating its resources to providing writers with the opportunity to hear their works read out loud and in a professional setting, while inviting our audience to join us in informing the development of new plays all season long.

At the end of each season, all plays read will be considered for a Workshop Production at the Studio.

Mission Statement: The Terry Schreiber New Works Initiative is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright while enriching the T. Schreiber community as a whole. The Theatre will provide the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well-trained actors, and a supportive, interactive audience. In the New Works Initiative, T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

The New Works Initiative is committed to script development and successful production of new works. Chosen projects are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the T. Schreiber Studio staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and if chosen, participating in a Workshop Production. T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area.

Guidelines: Successful submission of a project does not guarantee a slot in the 2018 – 2019 season’s New Works Initiative. Plays accepted for an Invited Reading in the 2018 – 2019 season agree to be considered for Workshop Production in September of 2019. Only full-length stage plays that have not yet been produced on a full scale will be considered, with a few exceptions being made for full length screenplays (however preference will be given to theatre pieces.) Projects with an outside director may be considered, however the director and playwright agree to give casting priority to students and alumni from the T. Schreiber Studio.

Submissions are now CLOSED for the 2018-2019 season.  If your play is selected for a reading you will be notified by email. 

The 2017-2018 New Works Readings:


2016-2017 New Works Project


Program Director: Jake Turner  |  Producing Director: Leah Faye Caddigan

Congratulations to our winnerAlpha66 by Robby Ramos. His play will be produced as a Workshop in our Gloria Maddox Theatre July 12-22, 2017.

This year’s runner-ups were:

Dancing With The Devil By Seamus Lucason, Directed by Page Clements

The (Former) Prostitute’s Potluck Supper, By Frankie Little Hardin, Directed by Sharifa Williams

Nothing But The Truth, By Eve Lederman, Directed by Frank Calo

New Works Project News

NATURAL LIFE was nominated for 5(five) 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Premier Production of a Play!

2015 New Works Project Winner HYSTERICAL by Jim Geoghan received a 2 week run in July 2016 which extended!!

2013 New Works Project Winner received a workshop production in T. Schreiber Theatre’s 2014-2015 season. NATURAL LIFE by Eduardo Lopez directed by Jake Turner ran for two weeks in Fall 2015.

2012 New Works Project Winner receives successful production at PREMIERE STAGES!

THE BEAUTIFUL DARK by Eric Gernand’s premiere production wins praise from the New York Times only one year after it went through our development process. We are sure that many factors went into its success, but we are very proud to have been a part of that journey! Click HERE to read the review.