In the summer of 2012, Philadelphia-based playwrights and educators Michael Hollinger, Quinn Eli, and Jacqueline Goldfinger discovered that they were all losing promising playwriting students to other cities because there is very little support for Philadelphia’s emerging playwrights: playwrights who are hovering between college graduation and their first or second professional production. In response, they founded The Foundry, a playwright support organization modeled on successful development programs like the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. The Foundry offers local emerging writers the opportunity to develop their craft while also giving them insight into the business of theater and providing networking opportunities.

Over the past two years we have facilitated relationships between our members and PlayPenn, Azuka Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Arden Theatre, Tiny Dynamite, Yale School of Drama, Philadelphia Theatre Company, LMDA, PNPI, and Reuben’s Kitchen by developing new work and cultivating new professional relationships.