What's Happening!

  • MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS

    We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!

  • EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES

    We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

    It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

  • THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS NOW CLOSED

    Our three-part digital adaptation of Rinne B. Groff’s THE WOMAN’S PARTY, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad is now closed. Thank you to the many many artists who took part in making it, and to everyone who tuned in! It was a wild experiment, and we are very proud of the outcome.

  • OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW

    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

  • THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS A NY TIMES CRITIC'S PICK!

    Jesse Green writes: “With wit, a light hand, and even occasional raggedness…The Woman’s Party is bracing political theater.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

  • ANNOUNCING WINTERWORKS 2021: NEW BEGINNINGS

    We’ve spent the last four months in conversation with the eight Directing Fellows, discussing craft, process and our industry (among other things). We are thrilled to now introduce you to their work, as they present short performances, each taking different shapes and experienced on different platforms, but working from the same set of prompts.

    Some projects will be open to all, and some will be experienced by very few audience members – and everything is free to attend. We hope you’ll be intrigued to join us for one or many. We’ll roll out updates regularly – so stay tuned! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

  • EAT YOUR FEELINGS - three short videos about taking care of ourselves and each other

    Over the past few months we’ve been commissioning Clubbed Thumb artists to make short videos while we wait for theaters to re-open. We’re pleased to bring you the first installment of this initiative, a series created by Directing Fellowship alumnae Kate HopkinsKate Eminger and Caitlin Sullivan.

    It began as a chance to check-in with various CT artists during the pandemic – but quickly became a much deeper investigation of our community, of how we rely on one another, and how we might rebuild and reimagine a better future. This first episode features actress, playwright and good friend Crystal Finn cooking with her daughter Delphina (follow along from home with the recipe on the left).


    The series also features an organization which started in March to address food insecurity in New York – EV Loves NYC. Their work is crucial and ongoing, and we hope the videos inspire you to spread the word about what they do, volunteer and donate. They need our help.

    Click here to learn more & donate to EV Loves NYC

    And stay tuned for two more episodes, featuring Chinaza Uche & Caitlin Zoz and Mel Ng – as well as more commissioned work from a variety of Clubbed Thumb artists, coming soon to CT/TV!

  • Congratulations to the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission winners, finalists and semifinalists

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Biennial Commission: Francesca Pazniokas and Jacob Perkins and to the 10 finalists and semifinalists also awarded this year. Read more HERE

  • What the Constitution Means to Me streaming on Amazon Prime, starting October 16th

    Though the national tour is on hold, you can still catch Heidi Schreck’s beloved play (which originated in Summerworks 2017) before the election.

    Filmed during their last week on Broadway, and directed for the screen by Marielle Heller, What the Constitution Means to Me will stream on Amazon Prime beginning October 16th.

MISSION

Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange and provocative new plays by living American writers. Clubbed Thumb is a groundbreaker, with a precise curatorial vision and a remarkable track record for launching artists’ careers; and an incubator, nurturing plays, collaborations, and above all artists, through thoughtfully deployed resources, opportunities, mentorship and hospitality.

Clubbed Thumb’s plays vary in style and content, but are always 90 minutes or under. They feature substantial and challenging roles for all genders, are questioning, formally inventive, theatrical, and exhibit a sense of humor. Since its founding in 1996, the company has presented over 100 productions, and has been awarded 5 Obies, including the Ross Wetzsteon award for sustained excellence.

In 2019, Clubbed Thumb made their Broadway debut with the Tony-nominated and multi award-winning What the Constitution Means to Me, which originated in Summerworks 2017.

PRODUCING

In SUMMERWORKS we produce an aesthetically diverse season of three new plays, each of which has two weeks of performances. It often provides a writers’ first professional opportunity – Clare Barron and Gina Gionfriddo had their first shows in Summerworks; Sarah Ruhl, Jordan Harrison and Lisa D’Amour made their NYC debuts.

Outside of Summerworks we have also produced plays by Deborah Eisenberg, Mac Wellman, Jeffrey Jones, Erin Courtney, Rinne Groff, Adam Bock, Jordan Harrison, Sheila Callaghan, Jaclyn Backhaus, and Will Arbery.

COMMISSIONS

Through The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Toulmin Foundation, the Gilman Foundation and more, Clubbed Thumb commissions 5+ plays a year, both directly and through open applications, awarding $20,000 – $30,000 annually.

DEVELOPMENT

Clubbed Thumb offers several development programs:

Superlab: a development series co-curated with Playwrights Horizons.

The Clubbed Thumb Writers’ Group: eight mid-career alumni playwrights develop their work over 12 three-hour sessions. Culminates in an annual retreat at Two River Theatre in July.

Other activity includes: Script-revision workshops of plays by new, alumni, and commissioned playwrights; staging & design workshops; occasional co-productions with Playwrights Horizons Theater School and an open play submission policy.

 

EARLY-CAREER INCUBATION

Early-Career Writers’ Group: Eight playwrights and mentors are nominated by our mid-career alumni playwrights. In addition to regular meetings, the writers create a collaborative piece to open Summerworks, and each writer has a reading during Summerworks.

The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship: Anne Kauffman and various other established directors from the CT community mentor three early-career directors in a five-month new play directing intensive. Each director is paired with an early/mid-career playwright to develop a new piece with students at Playwrights Horizons Theater School over the course of three months. This is followed by a three-week process with professional actors, stage managers and designers, culminating in Winterworks – a five-day industry showcase of their work.

Producing Fellowship: One to two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on role(s) in Summerworks.

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