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Founded in 2014, the New England New Play Alliance seeks to bring together the collective energy and resources of new play producers and developers in Greater Boston/New England.


  • Grow audiences for new plays.
  • Encourage more new play development and production.
  • Spread the word outside of Boston about plays/playwrights from Greater Boston/New England

Coordinators: Greg Lam & Lisa Rafferty [email]
Social Coordinator: Greg Hovanesian
NPA Newsletter Managing Editor: Doc Laaki [email]
NPA Newsletter Editors: Colleen Hughes, David Reiffel, Vicki Meagher, and Dierdre Girard


Watch here for upcoming New Play Alliance events and announcements!

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  • The NPA Newsletter – If a new play event happens in New England, it will be in this weekend email blast. Subscribe to it and send in your events.
  • Workshops – The NPA holds occasional workshops around New England on topics of interest to New England playwrights.
  • We hope to foster new play development by making it easier to connect playwrights with support structures and vice versa with two new projects which will each be free to download as PDFs and continually updated
    • The NPA Playwright Resource Cheat Sheet — A handy listing of opportunities, resources, deadlines, and other useful information for New England playwrights. [download]
    • The Field Guide to the New England New Play Ecosystem – An upcoming compendium of the various theatres and companies which support new play development in New England. Available free for download and updated periodically.
    • The Official Directory of New England Playwrights – The companion to The Field Guide, the Official Directory will seek to compile every active playwright in New England into an ongoing directory. 

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Projects from NPA’s past that we may revisit and revive in the future...

  • The New England New Play Anthology (2016) — An anthology of full-length plays produced in recent years by prominent local playwrights, including Walt McGough, Melinda Lopez, Marisa Smith, Kirsten Greenidge, John Kuntz, Steven Barkhimer, MJ Halberstadt, and John Minigan. $25.00.

  • New Play Ecosystem Data Project — We gathered numbers about audiences for new plays--how many people are actually attending these new plays and readings in Boston and New England? We can now more effectively set targets and evaluate the results of Alliance projects. View the New England New Play Alliance 2012-14 New Play Attendance Report here.

  • New Play Alliance "Brag Sheet" — New England writers are a prolific and busy bunch. The NPA will publish a list of annual accomplishments by our writers. View the 2014 Brag Sheet here.

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