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national playwrights conference

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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The 2023 NPC Submission Window is now closed. For updates and reminders, sign up for our mailing list HERE.

Open Submission Process

Funding for the National Playwrights Conference is provided by The Shubert Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Estate of Thomas J. Aberger, Tom & Michelle Marra, The Caplin Foundation, and Actors' Equity Foundation

Dream Design
Edith Oliver Theater Performance
Rehearsal for Black Dick (NPC '19)
Pinning Ceremony
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