What's Happening!


    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!


    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!


    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.


    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


    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


    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.

At Clubbed Thumb, we’ve never had a lot of money, so we’ve always been thoughtful about how we use it.

Since the shutdown, despite a budget decrease of 25%, despite postponing Summerworks and in-person programming for a year and a half, we paid more artists more money than ever before, and never furloughed or cut salaries.

In the last year, we paid $305,821 (nearly 40% of our budget) directly to

58 playwrights,
45 directors,
150 actors, and
165 designers, stage managers, creative producers, and other artists.

With those funds, we

Commissioned 29 playwrights
Supported 17 projects or artists with grants and/or equipment donations
Made 13 pieces, ranging from 3 to 90 minutes, including a NYTimes Critics’ Pick (you can still watch some here)
Held 20 readings & workshops
Published a new book of 7 Clubbed Thumb plays, and
Welcomed audiences to 19 different in-person performances.

All told: $305K,
418 people,
79 new works.

There’s been something for you to see or listen to every month of the year (except November—unless you’re in the Midwest and caught the re-launch of the national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me—click here to see when it’s coming to your city).

We’re now back with our traditional fall programming, developing plays and convening a new Early-Career Writers’ Group, Directing Fellowship cohort and Producing Fellow. We knew it would be heartwarming to commune in person but underestimated how exciting it would be to hear overlapping dialogue again! We’re vigorously planning both Winterworks and Summerworks—our long-delayed 25th, with plays by Gab Reisman and Angela Hanks (plus one more you’ll have to wait to hear about). We’re optimistic but careful.

One of the beautiful silver linings of the last year was experiencing the generosity of our supporters, which enabled the range and productivity of this unusual time. We’re so grateful.

If you can, please give to Clubbed Thumb. You know how we will use it.