What's Happening!

  • PLANO RETURNS FOR FIVE WEEKS, STARTING APRIL 8TH

    We’re thrilled to announce that our hit production from Summerworks 2018 is returning for a five-week run at the Connelly Theater, right around the corner from the Wild Project. Tickets on sale now HERE

  • SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL CLUBBED THUMB GALA: Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    CHANGING THE STORY: Honoring Heidi Schreck, Jaclyn Backhaus and Sarah DeLappe, and celebrating their feminist disruption of the American Theater. More details to come

  • WINTERWORKS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END

    Thank you to the 35 artists and nearly 400 audience members who supported the work of our18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. It was a great six months with these directors, and we look forward to a long relationship with each of them. Read more about them, and the program, HERE

  • CLUBBED THUMB IS GOING TO BROADWAY

    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

  • 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.

     

    HELP US HELP THEM WITH A DONATION NOW.

  • THIS WEEK WE'RE WORKSHOPPING TWO COMMISSIONS

    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

  • CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH CLUBBED THUMB

    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

  • SUPERLAB RETURNS

    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

  • QUINN CORBIN JOINS THE CLUBBED THUMB STAFF AS ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR

    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.

  • MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP

    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

WINTERWORKS 2019 HAS COME TO A CLOSE.

Thank you to the 35 artists and nearly 400 audience members who supported the work of our 18/19 Directing Fellows. It was a great six months with these directors, and we were delighted to share their work with you. We’ll be back in the fall with a new cohort of directors.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THE 18/19 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, presented for industry audiences at Winterworks.

 

TARA AHMADINEJAD directing Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier
Tara is a NY-based director and theater-maker. She is a core-founding member of Piehole, whose work has been developed and produced at New Ohio/IRT’s Archive Residency, JACK, Irondale, LMCC’s Workspace Residency, The Drama League, New York Theatre Workshop, and HERE, among others. Tara is directing for a VR project by LA-based company Tender Claws, in collaboration with Piehole. Piehole previously collaborated on Tender Claws’ augmented reality piece TendAR (Sundance 2018). Tara’s current new play collaborations include Chana Porter’s Leap and the Net Will Appear (Houston premiere: Catastrophic Theatre; NYC premiere upcoming), and new projects in development with Daaimah Mubashshir and Julia Sirna-Frest (New Georges Audrey Residency), and Celine Song (in collaboration with Piehole). In addition to directing, Tara has taught theater-making workshops to undergraduates throughout the US and in Tehran, Iran. NYTW Usual Suspect; New Georges Affiliated Artist; MFA Columbia University.

SARAH BLUSH directing Bully by Amina Henry
Sarah directs theatre and virtual reality. She is a co-artistic director of the theatre company TV, whose work includes Sehnsucht (JACK), Power Couple (Ars Nova ANT Fest), and My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase (HERE). Other directing: Clubbed Thumb, NYU Graduate Acting, The Playwrights Realm, The Atlantic Acting School, Dixon Place, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, The Flea, The Tank, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Associate/Assistant directing: Daniel Aukin, Mark Wing-Davey, Rachel Chavkin, Young Jean Lee, Richard Nelson, among others. She is the recipient of New York Society Library’s Emerging Female Artist Grant, was a member of The Habitat’s Directors Playground, and is a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Upcoming: CAVE, a multi-viewer virtual reality experience, premieres at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada; Sehnsucht returns to JACK in August 2018. www.sarahblush.com

KATE EMINGER directing Rats! by Bryna Turner
Kate is a director and filmmaker based in New York. She has developed work with Ars Nova, Dixon Place, IRT, NYU, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Luna Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC Fridge Festival, Gowanus Arts Productions, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others. Selected directing credits: Cape Disappointment by The Debate Society, reluctant to burn and no seconds by Korde Arrington Tuttle, nightnight by Lucas Hnath (The New School), Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, trans. Sarah Ruhl (GAP, New York Premiere), Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, and Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl (Ausitn Playhouse, Regional Premiere). Assistant Directing: Daniel Aukin, Les Waters, Meredith McDonough, and Ian Belknap, among others. She is a Lincoln Center Directors Lab member (2014), Actors Theater of Lousiville directing intern (2012-2013), SPACE on Ryder Farm Resident Chef, and a native Texan. MFA directing: The New School. keminger.com

 

PREVIOUS FELLOWS:

2017/18
SARAH HUGHES, TAYLOR REYNOLDS and LILY RIOPELLE

2016/17
CAITLIN RYAN O’CONNELL, CHRISTINA ROUSSOS and LA WILLIAMS

2015/16
SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI, LILLIAN MEREDITH, JAY STULL and KATE HOPKINS