What's Happening!


    We are thrilled to announce that Grief Hotel – which ran to sold-out houses at Summerworks, and was recently recognized with three Obie Awards – will return for four weeks this spring, in residency at The Public Theater. And we’re excited to add that we’ll be bringing it back in partnership with our friends at New Georges. We hope you’ll join us (or join us again!) for this special production – CLICK FOR TICKETS


    In this five-month new play directing intensive, three fellows work on 30-minute commissioned pieces with writers from the Clubbed Thumb community. These plays are developed over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni actors, in rehearsal rooms at Playwrights Downtown. In January, the same plays are rehearsed in the same rooms in quick processes with professional actors, and performed as part of Winterworks: a five-day industry showcase.




    This weekend, we were delighted by the news that Maryann Plunkett, dots, Liza Birkenmeier and Tara Ahmadinejad had all received Obie Awards for their work on Summerworks. Richly Deserved!

    Maybe you are one of the many many people who heard how amazing Liza, Tara and dots’ work on Grief Hotel was, and were sorry to have missed it??

    WELL GUESS WHAT! It’s coming baaaack…. this spring! Location to be announced when ticket sales open — but SAVE THE DATE!


    Thank you to the hundreds of people who joined as at Houghton Hall for the 9th annual Winterworks. We were so proud of the work these amazing artists made — and we managed to cram everyone in to share it.


    Happy new year! We’re back with our 9th Annual Winterworks – a progressive performance of three short-ish plays, which culminates our New Play Directing Fellowship – featuring:

    Lauren Zeftel directing MY SIX THERAPISTS by Julia Izumi

    Carsen Joenk directing WATCH ME by Justice Hehir

    Miranda Cornell directing CHAIRS by Hayley Stahl

    with an incredible ensemble of actors. There are only 7 showings, and capacity is extremely limited! Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.


    We’re back in action with two new groups to introduce you to! Meet the Early-Career Writers – with whom we’ll convene for play reading and dinner eating, often joined by one of their estimable mentor writers – by CLICKING HERE. During Summerworks we’ll present readings of their plays-in-progress, so join us then to get to know their work.


    And get to know the directors and writers in this season’s New Play Directing Fellowship by CLICKING HERE. Program mentors Anne Kauffman and Daniel Aukin, along with Clubbed Thumb staff, will support these new play processes in two phases: first with Playwrights Horizons Theater School students this fall, then in quick and scrappy workshop productions at Winterworks in January. Stay tuned for more info on that and more!



    This fall’s Gala, celebrating our dear friend and collaborator Anne Kauffman, was beautiful, moving and very fun. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed a song or a bit of writing, volunteered, donated and otherwise supported this very special night.


    See more photos from the event on our Instagram (and tag @clubbedthumb if you’re posting your own) — we’ll have more in the coming days!


    At the event, we raised funds in honor of Anne to help us better support the directors in our community – and we happily exceeded our goal. But there’s no such thing as a late donation! If you’d like to contribute to the fund, CLICK HERE


    Thank you to the artists, craftspeople, technicians, production staff, interns and everyone else who made this year’s Summerworks possible. We are immensely proud of the work we put out into the world, and delighted by how it was received.

    And thank you to thousands of audience members who came out to see a show – our largest attendance ever! It is moving to see so many old friends and so many new faces gathered together in the Wild Project. With each iteration, our community expands. Thanks for being a part of it.

    We’ll be spending the next two months wrapping things up and making plans for the future. You’ll hear from us in a few weeks, as we announce the cohorts of next year’s programs, and a few other projects we have cooking.

    Until then: have a great summer!

    Maria, Michael & Rachel


    “DRAGON FRUIT! BLACK BELUGA LENTILS! PERFECTLY SOFT-BOILED EGGS!” Seven public defenders seek meaning, belonging, and some semblance of order via their frenzied quest for the perfect lunch – while battling ACS, inequality, burnout, and a big ole serving of existential dread.

    It is with great delight that we share the news that, at long last, a big hit of both Winterworks AND Summerworks 2019, NYT’s Critic’s Pick Lunch Bunch is returning for a limited run, with The Play Company. CLICK FOR TICKETS

  • Meet the soon-to-be graduates of Brown University's MFA Playwriting Program

    We’re excited to join forces once again with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program in the Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies
    to present readings of plays by two new graduates: Alexa Derman and Jesús I. Valles, on Mon April 2nd and Tue April 3rd at Playwrights Horizons.


    We’ve been eager to put out a second anthology since Funny, Strange, Provocative was published in 2007, and the last year finally provided us with the time to take on this long-awaited project. We are thrilled to announce that Unusual Stories, Unusually Told, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, is now available!

    In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.

    Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) HERE


Each year we gather eight playwrights over the course of a season to develop work, commune with each other and meet various industry professionals. In May/June, we’ll present readings of their work-in-process during Summerworks 2024. This program is generously supported by The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust and the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation. (Click their photos for more info!)

sebastian alberdi jose sebastian alberdi is a New York-based Mexican-Basque-American playwright originally from California. sebastian was a 2023 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference playwright with his play bogfriends and has developed work with The Orchard Project, the Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Exquisite Corpse Company, Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Teatro Chelsea. MFA from New York University, BA from Northeastern University. josesebastianalberdi.com @milk_jello

Kallan Dana is a writer originally from Portland, Oregon. Her plays include RACECAR RACECAR RACECAR (2023 O’Neill NPC Finalist, 2023 Bushwick Starr Reading Series Finalist), Lying (2022 Princess Grace Award Semifinalist), Love Story (2022 Bramble Theater Unfinished Works Festival Winner), The Great Hunger (The Tank), and Playdate (Dixon Place, funded by Jerome Foundation Grant). She also makes work with her company Needy Lover. MFA: Northwestern University.

Alexa DermanAlexa Derman writes adventurous plays, including The Creature (Winner, Kernodle Prize; O’Neill NPC Finalist; Runner-Up, Princess Grace/New Dramatists), PSYCHOPSYCHOTIC (Relentless Award Honorable Mention), Girlish (Fresh Ink), RESTORATION MASTER RESET (Cutting Ball in WAYS TO LEAVE A BODY), Zionista Rising (Winner, Jewish Plays Project National Competition) and I’ll Be in My Hanukkah Palace (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Other honors and experiences include nomination L Arnold Weissberger Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn; participation in Orchard Project’s Audio Lab; selection as a Playwrights Center Core Apprentice (mentored by Sheila Callaghan); and recently working as a staff writer on a Netflix series. She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club via the Sloan Foundation. BA from Yale in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; brand-new MFA from Brown, where she studied under Julia Jarcho. alexaderman.com

Daniel HolzmanDaniel Holzman is a writer and artist from San Francisco. His work has been produced and developed through the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Workshop Theater, The Laugardia Performing Arts Center, The Brick, The Tank, and his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (Me and Who, 2023), Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BERLINDIA, 2022), and Jewish Plays Project (BERLINDIA, 2022). He frequently collaborates with his sister Neena, who illustrates all his plays. BFA: NYU, Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

Ashil LeeAshil Lee (they/he/she) NYC-based playwright, actor, and sex educator. Korean-American, trans nonbinary child of immigrants, and bestie to blind dog Hux. 2023 Lucille Lortel nominee (Outstanding Ensemble: The Nosebleed) Playwriting credits: Member of Clubbed Thumb’s 2023-2024 Early Career Writer’s Group. Finalist: Playwright’s Realm Fellowship (23-24). Semi-finalist: Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (23-24). Formerly a member of the Echoes Emerging Writer’s Group 2022-2023 (Primary Stages) and Pataphysics 2020, led by Clare Barron. Selected acting credits: The Nosebleed (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth), world premiere of Gina Femia’s The Virtuous Fall… in rep with Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch Productions), Juliet+Romeo (Pocket Universe), theatrical premiere of Dogville (dir. Robert O’Hara). NYU: Tisch. BFA in Acting, Minor in Youth Mental Health. In their spare time, Ashil squeezes in courses toward their Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness (NYU Steinhardt: 20eventually), with intentions of incorporating mental health consciousness into the theatre industry. www.ashillee.com

Nikhil MahapatraNikhil Mahapatra is a south-asian multi-disciplinary writer based in Brooklyn. They are a 2018-2019 Gingold Theatre Speaker’s Corner writer, a 2019-2020 Dramatist’s Guild Fellow, 2021 SPACE at Ryder Farm Creative Resident and a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill. Latest works include SWEETFISH!, American Hunger, CARNAL, Lost in the Fire, The Fields and Bali Babes. Other media includes the short film SPF (NYITFF 2019), and select short stories and poems published in America and Singapore.

Alle MimsAlle Mims is a Black genderfluid artist living in Harlem. They are a cultural archeologist and political satirist who writes about revolution, often engaging with the archive and first-hand historical accounts. Mims earned their BA in Drama from Texas Woman’s University (’16) and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University (’23). Their work has been produced in New York and Dallas. You can find them everywhere @allemims or on their website, www.allemims.com

Marissa Joyce StampsMarissa Joyce Stamps is a Black, Haitian-American, NYC-based Afrosurreal artist + educator. She is the recipient of the 2023 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, a Mercury Store Fall 2023 Lead Artist, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, + was named a 2023 Finalist for National Black Theatre’s I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency. Recent: …Twisted Juniper (2022 O’Neill NPC Finalist, Chautauqua’s 2021 NPW, Workshop Theater’s 2021 Intensive), Being Up in Here… (Exponential Festival 2024; Brick Aux 2022), Blue Fire… (Exponential Festival 2022; Orchard Project 2021), Letiche… (Bushwick Starr SRS 2023), deadbodydeadbodydeadbody (Ars Nova ANT Fest 2022), and Techno Paper Planes (Moxie Arts Commission 20/21). Marissa has also collaborated with The Public Theater, The 24 Hour Plays, Fire This Time Festival, Conch Shell Productions, Dixon Place, Irondale, The Anthropologists, New Ohio Theatre, Keen Company, Wild Project, BUFU, and more. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild and Playwrights’ Center. Marissa serves as The Workshop Theater’s Literary Manager. MFA Playwriting: Brooklyn College. marissajoycestamps.com


Past Groups:

2022/23 (No Team Name): Sam Bell, Daniela Gonzales y Perez, Emma Horwitz, Katelynn Kenney, Nina Ki, Kaia Lyons, kanishk pandey, Hayley Stahl.

2021/22 (No Team Name): Calley N. Anderson, Alisha Espinosa, Elijah Guo, Renae Jarrett, Jeana Scotti, TyLie Shider, Mallory Jane Weiss, Bailey Williams.

2020/21 (globe:warmed): Cristina Luzárraga, Allyson Dwyer, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Hanna Novak, ruth tang, Johnny Lloyd, Kathy Ng and Nazareth Hassan.

2019/20 (And Their Friends): Aaron Ricciardi, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Kori Alston, Ryan Szelong, Julia Izumi, Justice Hehir, May Treuhaft-Ali and Crystal Finn.

2018/19 (The Moniques): Emma Goidel, Alexander Paris, Lily Ackerman, Zhu Yi, April Ranger, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi and T. Adamason.

2017/18 (No Team Name): Ren Dara Santiago, Abby Rosebrock, William Glick, Charly Simpson, Daaimah Mubashshir, Chloé Hayat, Jordan Baum and Katie Hathaway.

2016/17 (No Team Name): Alexis Roblan, Angela Hanks, Dennis A. Allen II, Dominic Finocchiaro, Georgina Escobar, Jess Barbagallo, Nina Braddock and Paul Cameron Hardy.

2015/16 (Impartially Nude): Bryna Turner, Catia Cunha, Eboni Booth, Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Phillip Howze, Sarah Einspanier, Will Arbery and Zarina Shea.

2014/15 (Blood Piñata): Sarah DeLappe, Stephanie Del Rosso, Cory Finley, Xavier Galva, Jessica Goldschmidt, Amina Henry, Carmen Herlihy and Ryan King.

2013/14 (The Falcons): Jaclyn Backhaus, Adam Blodgett, LaShea Delaney, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Ken Greller, MJ Kaufman, Dan Regelski and Ariel Stess.