national playwrights conference

Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director

Founded in 1964, the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s premier institution for new play development. Every summer, a select number of unproduced works are selected from a pool of 1,000+ submissions for a playwright-driven workshop on the O’Neill’s campus in beautiful Waterford, CT. The O’Neill strives to foster an inclusive, collaborative environment in which artistic exploration and experimentation are encouraged at every step in the process.

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Submissions for the 2022 National Playwrights Conference are closed.


Funding for the National Playwrights Conference is provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Actors’ Equity Foundation, Tom & Michelle Marra and The Caplin Foundation.

Dream Design
Edith Oliver Theater Performance
Table Reading
Pinning Ceremony