Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey


28 Walnut St.
PO Box 1295
Madison, NJ 07940
County: Morris


Mr. John A. Pietrowski

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For Playwrights Theatre's efforts to 'Develop the Dramatic Imagination' through creative writing genres that include playwriting, prose and poetry. This is accomplished through the inter-connected New Work Development Program and the NJ Writers Project. The NWDP develops plays through a series of readings, workshops and productions, including specialized areas of focus for Emerging Women Playwrights and the NJ Literary Artist Fellowship Showcase. The NJWP includes work in schools and community-based organizations throughout the state.

Organization Background

Playwrights Theatre is a community of artists and arts educators dedicated to the development and production of new works for performance. Founded in 1986 as a theatre supporting new plays, efforts have expanded to the nurturing and performance of all creative writing genres. Seeing creativity as a basic human need and right, we make the creative process accessible to everyone, and have developed an extensive arts education effort. We also support a thriving arts ecology, seamlessly connecting new work development to arts education efforts, by generating creative and authentic partnerships with other organizations, and actively engaging with Creative Placemaking efforts in our local (and other communities). Programs include: 1. The New Work Development Program, national in scope, operates through a multi-phase process of readings and productions and involves the general community. Included in this program are a number of special initiatives, The NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Program, which works with three writers over an eighteen-month period developing a script through private and public readings; The Literary Artist Fellowship Program, which presents public performances of the winners of NJSCA Fellows in poetry, prose, and playwriting, and Youth Driven Theatre projects, which focus on plays by and about youth; 2. The NJ Writers Project, which teaches poetry, prose and playwriting in school and community settings across New Jersey in individual classrooms, special needs and local initiatives, as well as work with senior citizens and populations with disabilities, and includes the NJ Young Playwrights Program and Festival; 3. Poetry Out Loud, the national high school poetry recitation contest and; 4. The Creative Arts Academy, our on-site lifelong learning effort.

Playwrights is led by Artistic Director John Pietrowski, assisted in new work development by Associate Artistic Director James Glossman and on the Education side by Director of Education Jim Devivo and Poetry Out Loud Assistant Coordinator Tammy Herman. In the past year, Rodney Gilbert has joined Playwrights as the Coordinator of the Newark Writers Program. Marketing and Public Relations are handled by Jennifer Dewitt and Jim Ligon manages the box office and database operations.

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