National Playwrights’ Symposium


Aspiring Playwrights, Students, Faculty, and Emerging Professionals
May 12- May 15, 2014

One-on-One Instruction and Evaluation with Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk Award-winning Playwrights including:

Terrence McNally
Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion!, Ragtime, 4 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Nomination, Emmy Award, 4 Drama Desk Awards

Amy Herzog
Belleville, 4,000 Miles, After the Revolution, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Drama Desk Award Nominee, Obie Award Winner

Isreal Horovitz
The Indian Wants The Bronx, The Primary English Class, Line, Park The Car In Harvard Yard, Winner of 2 Obies, Drama Desk Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature; most produced American playwright in French history

Ken Ludwig
Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy For You, Olivier Awards, Helen Hayes Awards

The National Playwrights Symposium is a five-day play-writing intensive at Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse. The program consists of rigorous writing workshops and discussions of the art, craft and business of play-writing among a wide range of distinguished guest artists May 12-15, 2014 in Cape May, NJ.

Classes will meet daily:
Instruction/Lecture series with guest writer on chosen themes
Personal Instruction with writers to review & critique work

  • Daily assignments are given and the following day’s instruction will include a formal review of the work
  • May 11: Opening Reception and Orientation for Participants
  • May 15: Complimentary tickets to a staged reading of one of the Playwright’s plays.

$595 (without housing)
$895 (Includes shared housing with easy walking distance to the theatre. Travel and meals are the responsibility of the participant.)

20 Playwrights will be enrolled in the program.

To Apply:
Download an application
Email your application along with a 5-10 page writing sample to For more information, please call (609) 884-1341.

Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2014
Please note: Scheduled playwrights are subject to change.