National New Play Network Launches New Play Exchange


NPX LogoFollowing three years of intensive research and development, National New Play Network — the alliance of theaters dedicated to the development, production and continued life of new plays — is preparing to present its newest innovation to the world: NNPN’s much anticipated, innovation, the New Play Exchange ( became available on 1/15/15.

The New Play Exchange (NPX) is a crowd-sourced, open-access database of plays, playwrights, producers built for everyone who makes, looks for, and loves new work for the theater. A basic membership, which provides anyone with the ability to search for a play by title or playwright, is free.

Playwrights create profiles and upload information about their plays — a synopsis, either a sample or a full script, subject keywords, and other data — to make them discoverable to others.  They can include their contact information, the development and production history of each work, and links to publishers, agents, or theaters that have produced the work.

Readers — individuals with a need or desire to access new work, such as dramaturgs, literary managers, producers, actors, directors, other playwrights, students, and audience members — can create profiles and use precise filters to search for exactly the plays or writers they are looking to find. They can also recommend work to others by writing brief, online positive notes about plays, build a private library of plays to be read, and record private notes about the scripts they are reading.

NPX memberships do for Playwrights and Readers are available for only $10 per year. Organizational memberships – profiles for theaters or other new play affiliated groups – are $25 per year.

Further development of the product is planned post launch.

The NPX has been developed with input from the field during an intensive three-year process funded by the National New Play Network with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  NNPN was aided in the research and beta testing phases of the product’s creation by the leadership and constituencies of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the Playwrights Foundation, the Playwrights’ Center, and Chicago Dramatists, in addition to its own Core and Associate Members and Alumni Playwrights.

For more information about the New Play Exchange and a product demonstration contact Project Director Gwydion Suilebhan at For more information about National New Play Network contact Executive Director Nan Barnett at or 202.312.5270.

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