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    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


    Originally scheduled for Summerworks 2020, The Woman’s Party by Rinne B. Groff has been adapted into a three-party video series directed by Tara Ahmadinejad. Episode One is available now – it’s free to watch, but registration is required – CLICK HERE TO WATCH


    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!

  • Clubbed Thumb & Brown University Virtual Reading Series, December 7th and 9th

    We’re proud to partner with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program this fall to bring you readings of two recent graduates’ plays:

    On the Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch, directed by Josiah Davis
    The Executrix by Emma Horwitz, directed by Sarah Blush

    December 7th and 9th at 4pm and 7pm EST – RSVP HERE

  • We are pleased to announce the 2020/21 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellows

    We struggled mightily to recalibrate this program in light of the many forces the last 7 months have brought to bear. This year’s iteration will take a very different shape than in years past, and we’re delighted to go on this journey of discovery with an expanded group of eight fellows: Leonie Bell, Nana Dakin, Michaela Escarcega, Estefanía Fadul, Rachel Gita Karp, Arpita Mukherjee, Keenan Oliphant and Joan Sergay and four mentors: Anne Kauffman, Daniel Aukin, Niegel Smith and Laurie Woolery. Read more about them HERE

  • 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.

  • Meet the next Early-Career Writers' Group

    We’re excited to get to know these eight writers over the course of the coming year, and to welcome them into the Clubbed Thumb fold: Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Allyson Dwyer, Nazareth Hassan, Johnny Lloyd, Cristina Luzárraga, Kathy Ng, Hanna Novak & Ruth Tang.

    They’ll be sharing their work (by Zoom for now) over the next eight months (and we hope to share it with you after that). Learn more about them HERE.


The year we launched this program, we flew by the seats of our pants, inventing as we went along. Each year we made substantive changes in response to the last year’s lessons.

We struggled mightily to recalibrate in light of the many forces the last 7 months have brought to bear. We will, once again, be inventing as we go. This year’s iteration will take a very different shape than in years past, and we’re delighted to go on this journey of discovery with an expanded group of both fellows (below) and mentors: Anne Kauffman, Daniel Aukin, Niegel Smith and Laurie Woolery. We don’t quite know where we will end up, but we are sure to learn a lot along the way.

Obviously, Winterworks must be recalibrated too. We’re working on that, so stay tuned! Until then, we are delighted to get to know these eight directors.

Joan SergayJoan Sergay is a Brooklyn-based director of new work, originally from Washington, D.C. She has worked at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Vineyard Theatre, The Play Company, Primary Stages, The Flea, The Tank, Two Headed Rep, and Dixon Place. She has also worked regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Rivendell Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Piven Theatre in Chicago. Most recently, Joan was a 2019-2020 Playwrights Horizons Directing Fellow where she assisted Danya Taymor, Les Waters, and Tyne Rafaeli. She is a former Directing Apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, and Producing Fellow at Clubbed Thumb. BA: Northwestern University. www.joansergay.com

Keenan Tyler OliphantKeenan Tyler Oliphant is a Theatre-maker and Director from Cape Town, South Africa. Keenan’s work is in the lineage of the South African communal theatre-making and storytelling rituals and traditions. It is deeply interested in the merging of disciplines, art mediums and forms in an attempt to expand the global understanding of theatre and to dismantle and destabilize western forms that seem to hold ideological hostage of the medium. Keenan is a founding member of Mixing Bowl Productions, an underground music theatre company which focuses on the promotion of alternate and contemporary music theatre works. Keenan is a MFA in Directing for Theatre candidate at Columbia University and has directed collaborative pieces at festivals around New York including Dixon Place’s Hot Fest, Samuel French Off- Off Broadway Festival and The International Human Rights Arts Festival. He has served as second assistant director to Rachel Chavkin and Raja Feather Kelly.

Estefanía FadulEstefanía Fadul is a NYC-based Colombian-American director and producer of new work. Recent work includes Carla’s Quince created with The Voting Project, Zoom Intervention by Noelle Viñas (Weston Playhouse, NYTimes Critics’ Pick), Christina Quintana’s Azul (Southern Rep) and Scissoring (INTAR), Stefan Ivanov’s The Same Day (Sfumato Theatre, Bulgaria), Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kahkoska’s Agent 355 (Chautauqua), and James Anthony Tyler’s Pranayama (Juilliard). Estefanía has developed new work at the Public Theater, Playwrights’ Realm, Long Wharf, Artists Rep, and MTF, among others. She is the inaugural recipient of New York Stage and Film’s Pfaelzer Award, and an alumna of the O’Neill/NNPN’s National Directors Fellowship, Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Drama League Fall Fellowship and TV Directing Fellowship, Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, and NALAC Leadership Institute. She is a co-leader of the New Georges Jam, and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and SDC. B.A. Vassar College. www.estefaniafadul.com

Rachel Gita KarpRachel Gita Karp makes rigorously-researched performances about politics and public policy. Her current research focuses on reproductive health and rights, gender representation in politics, and voting. Rachel has developed and directed new performances about these topics and more through The Drama League, the Center for Artistic Activism, Irondale, Mabou Mines, Ars Nova, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Wild Project, The Brick, The Flea, IRT, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts Project, Women Center Stage, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Orchard Project, and Barn Arts. Rachel is the 2020 Beatrice Terry Resident Director at The Drama League and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an affiliated artist with New Georges. BA, Columbia; MFA, Carnegie Mellon. At Carnegie Mellon Rachel was a John Wells Directing Fellow, which supported her academics, and a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow, which supported her work in women’s policy research in Washington, D.C. www.rachelgitakarp.com

Arpita MukherjeeArpita Mukherjee (she/her/hers) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Hypokrit Theatre Company. Upcoming: American Hunger by Nikhil Mahapatra (Dramatists Guild Foundation), Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea by Julia Izumi (Iowa State University). Her recent directing credits include Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (APAC), House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar (San Diego Rep), Quik Mart by Charles Gershman (The New Group – reading), One Way by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel (NAMT), Citizen Scientist by CQ (Barrington Stage Company Playworks Weekend), Eh Dah? Questions For My Father by Aya Aziz (Next Door @NYTW), and Elements of Change by Divya Mangwani (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, UNICEF)..She is a 2019 SDC Denham Fellow, a 2018 – 2020 Womens Project Lab Member and a 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow. Arpita is currently the book writer for Monsoon Wedding musical and is developing several film and TV projects in India and USA.

Nana DakinNana Dakin is a Thai American director of new work, classics and devised performance based in New York City. Her work pursues social equity by examining the way culture is constructed and unsettling dormant biases. Recent productions: WHITE PEARL (The Royal Court Theatre), an all-female production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III (Lenfest Center for the Arts), DAMAGE JOY (B-Floor Theatre). Assistant Director: MARY JANE (NYTW), THE BACCHAE (Getty Villa, BAM Next Wave 2018), WILD GOOSE DREAMS (The Public Theater), CAMELOT (Lincoln Center Theater). New work development includes GOLDEN SHIELD by Anchuli Felicia King, a finalist for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and HALF THE SKY by composer Tidtaya Sinutoke and bookwriter/lyricist Isabella Dawis, recipients of the 2020 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award. Nana was a 2050 NYTW Directing Fellow in 2018/19. MFA Theatre Directing: Columbia University. www.nanadakin.com

Leonie BellLeonie Bell is a German-American theater-maker based in New York. She creates fake family parties, mass lullabies, pseudo-historical excursions, and other theatrical maps that endow the audience with more creative powers and foster a momentary feeling of belonging amongst strangers. Leonie’s artistic practice involves an irreverent reverence for the irrational and a relentless desire for community. Her pieces are bilingual, highly-physical, interdisciplinary care-taking rituals intended to cause a ruckus (where snacks are always served). In NYC, she has presented work at Target Margin Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Performance Space NY, The Brick, Center for Performance Research, and other venues. She is a recent participant of the Mabou Mines RAP 2019 & BAX Upstart 2018-2019. Leonie also facilitates the theater project LOCAL GRANDMA and designs sound. (BA from Bard College; MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.) www.leoniebell.org

Michaela EscarcegaMichaela Escarcega is a multidisciplinary director, producer, sometimes actor that strives to create work that is decolonized, inclusive, experimental, and much much more brown. Tank Directorial credits include: Birthday in the Bronx by Paul Hufker (Tank 19/20 Season), By Jacqueline Wright (LadyFest 2018), Heredamos Nada (Darkfest 2018), Anne by Adi Eshman, and various works by Former Tank Co-Artistic Director, Rosalind Grush. Other directorial and dramaturgy credits include: When We Went Electronic (Caitlin Saylor Stephens), Chained (The Wild Project) and Angels in America, Part 1 (CSU, Northridge). Michaela was a 2018 Powerhouse resident at New York Stage and Film with The Sisyphus Project (Larry Biederman), and a member of the 2019 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Michaela holds a B.A. in Theater Arts with honors from CSU, Northridge. For her occasionally funny content, visit @mickadoodle on IG. For proof of serious artist work, visit michaelaescarcega.com.