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 three 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, Act II Playhouse, and Reuben’s Kitchen by developing new work and cultivating new professional relationships.

The Foundry submission window for the 2015-16 season is now closed. Please contact us via the contact page in April 2016 if you are interested in receiving an application for the 2016-17 season. We will not take requests for applications prior to April 2016. Keep in mind that you must have proof of residence within a 25 mile radius of Philadelphia and have fewer than two professional productions in order to apply.