What's Happening!


    We’re thrilled to announce that our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017 is headed to The Helen Hayes Theater for a limited run. It’s the first time that Clubbed Thumb will be above-the-title on a Broadway show, so we hope you’ll join us for it! Tickets and info HERE


    Join us for an evening of short-ish new plays directed by our
    18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger directing plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner

    Read more about the directors and RSVP HERE

  • Playwright Vivian Barnes has been awarded our 2018 open-application commission!

    We just met Vivian at our holiday party, and didn’t think we had read her work—-or were about to give her $10,000! We look forward to getting to know her and working together over the next few years.


    The panel–which included Jaclyn Backhaus, Migdalia Cruz, April Matthis, and CT’s Michael Bulger and Maria Striar–read 140 anonymous proposals, selecting Vivian’s for the grand prize, and awarding five finalists $1,000 each: Kori AlstonPhillip HowzeDeneen Reynolds-KnottRuth Tang and Andrea Thome.


    12 semi-finalists were also named: John J Caswell, Jr., Preston Choi, Daniella De Jesus, Noah Diaz, Georgina Escobar, Deepali Gupta, Kristine Haruna Lee, Daniel K. Isaac, Julia Izumi, Garrett Kim, Johnny Lloyd and Maia Matsushita. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who applied!


    Vivian is only one of the over 40 playwrights we’ll be supporting in 2019 with residencies, retreats, commissions, workshops, writers’ groups and of course, productions.




    We’re delighted to have nearly 20 artists in the building this week working on two of our current commissions. We’ll have a presentation of each, but seating is very limited – let us know if you can join and we’ll send along the info

    The Woman’s Party by Rinne Groff, directed by GT Upchurch — Friday, Dec 7th at 1:00pm.  and Spindle Shuttle Needle by Gab Reisman, directed by Tamilla Woodard — Saturday, Dec 8th at 3:30pmRSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org


    Join us as we celebrate all we’ve done in 2018! There’ll be a big pot of gløgg, dancing around the tree, our signature strange and unusual traditions — and who knows, YOU might be the Troll King this year. It’s free – but do RSVP so we know how large of a marzipan pig to make


    We’re back in Superlab this week, working on We Are Radios, by Chana Porter, with composer Ted Hearne, directed by Adam Greenfield and featuring Bill Buell, Tomás Cruz, Gregg Mozgala, Alex Flores, Kristine Haruna Lee and Annette O’Toole. Join us on Friday, Oct 12th at 3pm to hear the play —
    RSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org


    We first met Quinn many years ago, when she was working as a literary agent for Gersh; in fact it was she who sent us a play by and urged us to meet with a talented young playwright named Jaclyn Backhaus. Since then, Quinn has been building her skills with fundraising and events, as well as reading plays and adjudicating awards for institutions across the country–and so comes to us with the perfect mix of experiences we were looking for. She’s great, we’re lucky to have her on our team, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her at an upcoming event.


    We’re excited to introduce you to (and get to know ourselves) eight writers, nominated by our mid-career alumni community, who will meet over the coming season – culminating in presentations of their work during Summerworks. They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – learn more about them HERE

A Pageant of the 50 States (and more)

(The Summerworks 2017 opening night extravaganza)

Plays by Scott Adkins, Eliza Anderson, Mallery Avidon, Sherrine Azab, Mark Barton, Sarah Bishop-Stone, Valerie Manahan Blackmoor, Andy Bragen, Timothy Braun, Mark Charney, Bronwyn Clark, Bill Coelius, Jeannine Coulombe, Jimmy Davis, Kip Fagan, Homer Frizell, Sheri Graubert, Sarah Hammond, Lars Hanson, Michael Henry Harris, Ian Helfer, David Hilder, Jakob Holder, J. Holtham, Jake Hooker, Laura Jacqmin, Dan LeFranc, Michael Levinton, Mark Leydorf, Jason Sinclair Long, Darren Lougee, Meghan Love, Daniel McCoy, Brighde Mullins, Kristin Palmer, Katie Pearl, Julia Pearlstein, Jason Pizzarello, Jason Platt, Michael Ramirez, Doug Rand, Molly Rice, Kate E. Ryan, Eric Shanower, Deborah Chava Singer, Sonya Sobieski, Alison Tatlock, Diane Isis Thurber, Joe Waetcher, Sheri Wilner, Kyle T. Wilson, Travis York, Anna Ziegler

Directed by Ali Ayala, Sherrine Azab, Jessica Bauman, Stephen Brackett, Rachel Chavkin, Tim Farrell, Michael Levinton, Pam MacKinnon, Alice Reagan, Jose Zayas

With Jeanine Abraham, Ashley Baker, Ethan Baum, Satya Bhabha, Zack Calhoon, Tonya Canada, Henry Caplan, Joseph Carusone, Todd Cerveris, Chris Corporandy, Elliotte Crowell, Noah Diamond, Stephanie DiMaggio, Barrett Doss, Liz Eckert, Courtney Ellis, Siho Ellsmore, Susan Ferrara, Anne Fidler, Maggie Fine, Robert Fuller, Rene Ashli Fulton, Sheri Graubert, Blake Hackler, Mel Haley, Sara Hayon, Marielle Heller, Brian Houtz, Birgit Huppuch, Sadrina Johnson, Keira Kelley, Han Nah Kim, Brandon Kruhm, Alan Lason, Jodi Lin, Austin Lysy, Sean Mahoney, David Marcus, Anna Marshall, Ryan McCarthy, Meg Mclynn, Caitlin Miller, Susannah Millonzi, Nell Mooney, Alfredo Narciso, Mary Neufeld, Elaine O’Brian, Jonathan Pereira, Janet Prince, Joy Radish, Joseph Raik, Ray Rizzo, Hugh Sinclair, Amanda Sisk, Lucy Kendrick Smith, Molly Smith, Georgia Southern, Bjorn Thorstad, Ian Unterman, Stephanie Weeks, Matt Wise, Mather Zickel

A bizarre, funny and oddly moving anthem of place, space, and identity in America, PAGEANT consists of 59 one-minute playlettes representing every state and territory in the US of A. Performances are installed through-out the Ohio Theatre beginning at 8 PM and will only last for about an hour – feel free to grab a drink and wander around as there’s much to see. Party to follow.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 8pm