New Plays on Campus (NPOC) is an institutional membership program of the Playwrights’ Center that puts the best new plays in America into the hands of college and university theaters and connects today’s students and faculty with living playwrights and the professional playwriting world. New Plays on Campus memberships are a great value at $300 annually.
New Plays on Campus Benefits
All of the regular general member benefits for 6 students and/or faculty members (additional students can be added for a discounted price of $25/each), including access to our online database of script submission opportunities, discounted seminars and classes, the chance to work one-on-one with a dramaturg, and more, plus:
Students of New Plays on Campus schools can apply to be Core Apprentices, who are granted fully-funded play development workshops at the Playwrights’ Center and a mentorship with a professional playwright. More about the Core Apprentice program »
Playwriting Classes & Seminars
Online playwriting classes and seminars geared toward topics that pertain to college students and recent graduates offered at Member rates and taught by working playwrights from around the country.
Membership Orientations & Class Visits
Request an individualized online session with University Programs and Partnerships staff. We can provide an overview of Membership resources and Fellowship opportunities, or talk with students about a range of topics in playwriting.
Find new plays for your stage. Access to the most exciting new work in the country, year-round, before anyone else. The Playwrights’ Center has access to a vast nationwide network of playwrights and plays. Let us be your “literary manager at large.” We’ll narrow the pool to meet your requirements, then you select the play or playwright. Scripts are drawn from the Center’s high-caliber Core Writers, Fellows, and Affiliated Writers, assuring a professional commitment to excellence.
Bring a playwright to your school. Rely on us to match you with a playwright you're interested in working with for an on-campus residency, on-site commission, teaching experience, or collaborative work with students.
Special internships throughout the year can be arranged to give students hands-on experience with the new play development process. New Plays on Campus members are given priority consideration for internships. More about internships »
Ready to join?
Students: Want to sign up for New Plays on Campus? Have a school staff or faculty member contact us.
For more information about the New Plays on Campus program, please contact Shalee Cole Mauleón, University Programs and Partnerships Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-547-5742.
For more information about the University Courses program, please contact Zoë Rodine, Director of University Programs and Partnership, at email@example.com or 612-547-5743.
Colleges, universities, and affiliated programs currently enrolled in the New Plays on Campus program by state:
Arizona State University, School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Boise State University, Theatre, Film and Creative Writing
Indiana University, Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
Spalding University, Creative Writing
University of Nebraska Omaha, Creative Writing
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama
Brown University, Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies
Vanderbilt University, Department of Theatre
Bennington College, Theatre + Dance
Hollins University, The Playwrights' Lab, Playwriting MFA
Beyond the New Plays on Campus program, students attending these schools have enrolled in our University Courses:
- Arkansas: University of Arkansas Little Rock
- Bethlehem, Palestine: Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture
- California: UC Davis, San Diego City College, Moorpark College
- Georgia: Emory University
- Iowa: University of Iowa
- Illinois: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
- Indiana: Indiana University
- Maryland: Bowie State University
- Massachusetts: Boston University
- Minnesota: Augsburg University, Hamline University, North Central University, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas
- Nebraska: Creighton University, University of Nebraska Omaha
- Ohio: Case Western Reserve, Cedarville University
- Pennsylvania: Carnegie Mellon University
- Rhode Island: Brown University, Rhode Island College
- Texas: University of Texas - Austin
- Wisconsin: Lawrence University, Viterbo University
Praise for New Plays on Campus
This play engaged our students’ imaginations more than any other project I've seen in a while.
—David Johnson, Associate Professor of Theater at Virginia Tech, about NPOC and their production of Tallgrass Gothic by Melanie Marnich
It is one of the first times that I can honestly say that such a bridge between the professional world and college theater makes us connect in a way that is creative, important, and useful for all parties involved.
—Karen Peterson Wilson, Theater Department Chair at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, about NPOC and their production of Perpetua by Vincent Delaney
The NPOC workshop was a wonderful first taste of what life as a working playwright could be like. When I saw the Playwrights’ Center for the first time I was stunned, in awe that a national center for playwriting was housed inside a church—it was beautiful, and empowering.
—Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, MFA playwriting student at University of Texas-Austin, about the workshop of her play The Other Side of the Closet
Asked if New Plays On Campus could “change American theater,” Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Artistic Director Gregg Henry chuckles. “I think it is possible…I don’t mean to be Pollyanna about it, but everybody’s going to benefit from this.”
—From a Variety magazine article by Mark Blankenship
This program actually works. I can honestly say that the New Plays on Campus collaboration is a win-win for everyone involved.
—Karen Peterson Wilson, professor of theater, St. Olaf College
The Core Apprenticeship provided me with a fantastic mentor and a full week of new play development; it gave me tremendous and vital support as I left grad school.
—Basil Kreimendahl, MFA playwriting student at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2012-13 Core Apprentice, 2013-14 Jerome Fellow, 2014-15 McKnight Fellow