Playwrights who have engaged in development through Working Title Playwrights have gone on to receive AWARDS, PRODUCTIONS, and FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES at a variety of LOCAL, NATIONAL, and INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS:
  • Erin Considine
    • Raising the Dead
      • Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, World Premiere Production, 2022
      • Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright Conference, Finalist, 2021
    • Riding Bicycles in the Rain
      • Relative Theatrics, World Premiere Production, 2021
      • Playwright’s Voiced Festival, Stage Reading, 2018
    • Twenty-Two
      • Palm Beach Dramaworks, Reading, 2021
      • Creede Repertory Theatre, Reading, 2021
      • Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright Conference, Finalist, 2019
  • Derek Dixon
    • When Things Are Lost
      • Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, World Premiere Production, 2016
  • Paul Donnelly
    • Memorial Day
      • Department of Theatre and Dance / University of Hawaii at Manoa, University Production , 2022
      • Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, Finalist, 2018
      • Dark Nights at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Reading, 2018
  • Annie Harrison Elliott
    • Empty Rooms
      • Found Stages, World Premiere Production, 2017
      • Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright Conference, Semi-Finalist, 2014
    • Push for Help
      • Actor’s Express New Play Program, Commission, 2022
  • Liz Dooley
    • Iphigenia in Quarantine
      • Edwin Wong Presents: The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, Finalist, 2022
    • This Play has an Iguana for a Protagonist
      • Quarantine Players, Workshop Reading, 2021
      • Oglethorpe University, University Production, 2020
      • Iowa State University, University Production, 2019
  • Daryl Lisa Fazio
    • Medica
      • Synchronicity Theatre/Playwrights Theatre Center SheWRITES Competition, Workshop Production, 2018
  • Patricia Henritze
    • The Bitch of Balaclava
      • Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, Finalist, 2016
      • University of North Georgia – Gainesville Theater Alliance DISCOVERY SERIES, Workshop Production, 2015
  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez
    • Momma
      • Actor’s Express – Virtual Threshold New Play Festival, Selection, 2021
    • DEATH BEFORE DECAF!! a dramatic retelling of heavily caffeinated events
      • Furman University MayX New Play Festival, Selection, 2021
      • Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Virtual Selection*, 2020
    • they/them/theirs
      • Actor’s Express New Play Program, Commission, 2021
  • Nathan Jerpe
    • Flay’s Anatomy
      • Kennesaw State University, Workshop Reading, 2022
  • Hank Kimmel
    • Confessions of a Hitman
      • The Depot Reading Series – The Depot, Semi-Finalist, 2022
      • Alliance Theatre Atlanta Artists Reiser Lab, Residency, 2018
  • Emily McClain
    • Chiaroscuro/Slaying Holofernes
      • Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, World Premiere Production, 2019
  • Lee Osorio
    • Providence Canyon
      • Theatrical Outfit’s Made-in-Atlanta Series, World Premiere, 2022
      • Alliance Theatre Atlanta Artists Reiser Lab, Residency, 2021
    • A Third Way
      • Alabama Shakespeare’s Southern Writers Festival, Selection, 2023
  • Theroun d’Arcy Patterson
    • The Cannibals
      • WhatIf Productions, World Premiere Production, 2016
  • Topher Payne
    • Evelyn in Purgatory
      • Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, World Premiere Production, 2012
  • Keena Redding
    • The Bullet
      • ART Station Theatre, Stage Reading, 2022
  • Dana Stringer
    • We the Village
      • Theatrical Outfit’s Made-in-Atlanta Series, Workshop Reading, 2021

*Indicates that the event or award did not result in action due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Theaters that have produced work developed through WTP:

  • Academy Theatre
  • Actor’s Express
  • Alley Theatre
  • Alliance Theatre
  • Aurora Theatre
  • Detroit Repertory Theatre
  • Essential Theatre
  • The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference
  • The Fern Theatre
  • Florida Repertory Theatre
  • Last Frontier Theatre Conference
  • LookingGlass Theatre
  • OnStage Atlanta
  • Out of Box Theatre
  • Phoenix Theatre
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre
  • 7 Stages Theatre
  • Stageworks
  • Synchronicity Theatre
  • Theatre Ariel
  • Theatrical Outfit
  • Third Eye Theatre Ensemble
  • What If? Productions


Working Title Playwrights (WTP) was informally started in Atlanta in 2000 by a group of six playwrights (Karla Jennings, Hank Kimmel, Stephen Peace, Robin Seidman, Marki Shalloe & Dan Walsh) who were part of the recently-disbanded Blue Machine Writers. They founded WTP with the goal of helping playwrights develop their work in bi-weekly critique sessions.

2002 – WTP officially incorporates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. With Karla Jennings acting as de facto Managing Director, WTP begins presenting public readings, and produces several new play festivals including collaborations with Push Push Theater, First Glance Atlanta Festival and Neighborhood Playhouse.

2004 – WTP hires its first official Managing Director, Evan Guilford-Blake. The On-Demand Reading Series, educational seminars, and participation in the national Sister City program are established.

2005 – WTP hires Kirsten Eidsmoe, its first Artistic Director. WTP’s Summer Reading Series, a week-long workshop for plays in progress culminating in public staged readings, is launched. WTP holds its first Playwright’s Slam.

2006 – WTP merges with Southeast Playwrights Project, making it the largest organization in the Southeast focused exclusively on the development of new plays. The Patrick Gaffney Scholarship Fund, which provides support for the development of up-and-coming playwrights for several years, is established. WTP combines the Managing Director and Artistic Director positions into a single Managing Artistic Director and Jill Patrick is hired to be M/AD.

2007 – The Playwrights Salon, short workshops for plays in progress, and the Kick Ass Playwriting Workshop, a series of classes led by Atlanta’s Dramatists Guild rep, are launched.

2009 – The Ethel Woolson Lab (EWL) is established, replacing the Summer Reading Series. WTP hosts The 24 Hour Plays in Atlanta. The fundraiser becomes an annual event, playing before sold-out houses and serving as an important part of the WTP budget.

2012 – WTP celebrates its 10th anniversary by presenting The WTP Chain Play – a single play in ten scenes, written anonymously relay-style by ten playwrights.

2013 – WTP fortifies its educational programming with workshops led by nationally-prominent playwrights from around the country. The plays developed through the intensive EWL begin to receive significant productions locally and nationally.

2014 – WTP’s roster of playwrights expands to 70. Dozens of local theatres produce work developed by WTP playwrights. The reach and impact of WTP members continues to expand regionally and nationally. WTP also utilizes the paid services of more than 50 other theatre artists (including actors, directors, and dramaturgs).

2016 -Jill Patrick steps down as M/AD and WTP hires their second Managing Artistic Director, Amber Bradshaw. WTP now serves a roster of 80 member playwrights. The First Light Reading Series is launched, replacing the On Demand Series and partnering with local professional theaters, expanding WTP’s reach into the community. WTP hires its first graphic designer to solidify the public identity of the organization. The WTP Rhame Mentorship Program is established with a generous grant from the Rhame Family Foundation; 12 student playwrights are granted free membership to WTP. Looking forward, WTP continues to grow it’s influence in the community and throughout the Southeast.

2017-WTP nows serves 85 member playwrights. The WTP Actors Ensemble is created, with the support and partnership of new board member Cynthia Stillwell, and adds 56 new artists to the WTP roster of affiliates. The New Voices Mentorship Program kicks off, granting five high school students free memberships to WTP for one year. The 24 Hour Plays returns in full force, supported by over 100 Atlanta theatre artists, in partnership with The Paideia School. WTP continues to grow its influence and scope, and maintains it’s commitment to being a place where theatre artists can connect, challenge and support one another.

2019 – WTP now serves more than 100 playwrights. The Actor’s Ensemble represents 93 actors and continues to grow each year. The WTP board commits to supporting Rosalind Ayres-Williams Scholarship for Playwrights Of Color for another 5 years and extending its recipients to a two-year term. WTPs partnership with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and Actor’s Express in the production of Courtroom Drama: A Dramatic Look at Legal Ethics, continues into its third year as a successful fundraiser. WTP receives the Georgia Council For the Arts Project Grant in 2019 and is also awarded the grant for the year 2020. WTP partners with Kenny Leon’s True Colors to bring artist panels to our community, Synchronicity Theatre for their SheWrites Play Competition and with Theatrical Outfit on the Unexpected Play Festival in 2020.  WTPs mission to serve and advocate for our artists grows as we forge partnerships and create opportunities for our members.

Throughout its history, WTP has benefited from partnerships from some of the top theaters in Atlanta including Academy Theatre, Actor’s Express, the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Classical Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Horizon Theatre Company, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, OnStage Atlanta, Push Push Theater, Essential Theatre, Out of Box, Emory University, Aurora Theatre, Stage Door Players, Synchronicity Theatre, Out Front Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit and more. WTP thanks these theaters, our past and current leadership, and all who believe that new voices belong on their stage and part of their season.

Featured in header above: Ibi Owolabi, Dana Stringer and Rebekah Suellau during a talkback at the WTP First Light reading of Dana Stringers WE THE VILLAGE.