What's Happening!


    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. 


    This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.


    Read more about the directors and the program HERE.


    We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.


    We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)

  • Thank you to everyone who made it out for Winterworks

    Winterworks 2018 was a great success–over the course of five days we squeezed nearly 300 people in to see the work of our Directing Fellows Sarah Hughes, Lily Riopelle and Taylor Reynolds. Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to the incredible company of over 30 artists who made it happen

  • Cute Activist starts this week!

    We’re associate producing Milo Cramer’s CUTE ACTIVIST at the Bushwick Starr, directed by Morgan Green and featuring a cast of friends–David Greenspan, Deepali Gupta, Annie Henk, Elizabeth Kenny, Ronald Peet, and Madeline Wise. Performances start this week and tickets are scarce! Get yours HERE

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop


An evening of new plays directed by our 2017-2018 Directing Fellows.

Sarah Hughes directing
by MJ Kaufman
featuring Zoë Geltman, Fernando Gonzalez, Birgit Huppuch, Harmony Stempel and Courtney Williams

Lily Riopelle directing
by Xavier Galva
featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Erick Betancourt, Jason Bowen, Christin Eve Cato, Amelia Fowler and Robbie Tann

Taylor Reynolds directing
by Will Arbery
featuring Crystal Finn, Arielle Goldman, JJ Perez, Ryan King and Miriam Silverman

Seven Performances Only! Seating is extremely limited:
Wednesday January 17th at 7pm
Thursday January 18th at 7pm
Friday January 19th at 3pm and 7pm
Saturday January 20th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday January 21st at 3pm

Runtime is approximately 2 and a half hours followed by drinks and snacks in the Clubbed Thumb office.

at Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003

Tickets are free but you must make a reservation by emailing ryan@clubbedthumb.org

More about the program and the 2017/18 Fellows:

In partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship is a five month new play directing intensive, under the mentorship of alumni artists Anne Kauffman and Ken Rus Schmoll.

Fellows work on new plays by Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student performers. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors.


SARAH HUGHES directing A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile by MJ Kaufman
Sarah is a director and producer of theater and new media. Recent: Real Talk / Kip Talk by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center); The Object Lesson VR Short (NYTW) and Lincoln in the Bardo VR Short (The New York Times), both with Graham Sack; Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman (Signature Theater / Columbia). With Elevator Repair Service, she assistant directed Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and companies including Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, Chris Tyler, Cara Scarmack, Paul Cameron Hardy, Half Straddle, Pablo Helguera, Vox Theater, The Office for Creative Research, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2016-17 Civilians R&D Group member, and co-teaches a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College. www.sarahcameronhughes.com

TAYLOR REYNOLDS directing Plano by Will Arbery
Taylor is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. iamtaylorreynolds.com

LILY RIOPELLE directing Twenty-Five to White by Xavier Galva
Lily is a director who works on new plays, musicals, and adaptations of classics. Recent directing: Lysistrata, Don’t make yourself crazy, Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings/workshops at Williamstown, EST/Youngblood, The Flea, and The Tank. Recent assisting: Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). Upcoming projects include Amanda Keating’s this movie at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and Lizzie Stern’s Let’s get ready together at The Tank. Lily is an alumna of the National Theatre Institute and of Williams College. She is a co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep (twoheadedrep.com), a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep. lilyriopelle.com