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    Thank you to the over 100 artists, production staff, crew, interns and other folks who came together this year to make our 25th Summerworks. It was a giant feat – and we were so thrilled by the work we all created together.

    And thank you to the thousands of audience members who came to a show or a reading this year. We did not know what to expect, but you all really showed up for our work and we are humbled by that. We’ll have plenty of updates about the future coming soon – but for now: thank you!!


    Tickets are on sale now for The 25th Summerworks – running May 20th through July 2nd at the Wild Project. We’re thrilled to announce initial casting and design teams for these three plays – READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE


    Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort of Clubbed Thumb’s New Play Directing Fellowship. Directors who have at least 3 years of experience outside of an academic environment, will not be in grad school in the coming year and plan to be in NYC September 2022 through January 2023 are welcome to apply now through May 1st. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


    Oh Summerworks, how we’ve missed you! With your idiosyncratic, fast, funny plays. On a warm summer evening with the garage door rolled up and a cold drink in hand – what could be better? We’re thrilled to be back at the Wild Project, May 20 – July 2, with three new plays we love. Please join us – we miss you too! CLICK FOR INFO & TICKETS


    We are delighted to support this new work from Agnes Borinsky (playwright of Summerworks 2017’s Of Government), and directed by Machel Ross (who interned for us many years ago)! A Song of Songs is produced by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris, in partnership with El Puente. Performances May 10 – 27: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO


    Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship just concluded, with our seventh-annual Winterworks! Through planning, a great deal of testing, enormous goodwill from the company of artists – and perhaps a shake of luck – we managed to do the whole program in person, and are so glad we did.

    Since attendance capacity (and our ability to see each others’ faces) was very limited this year, we put together a short video chat with the directors and mentor / program co-founder Anne Kauffman. CLICK HERE TO WATCH


    Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt


    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!


    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

  • 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!


Each year we gather eight playwrights over the course of a season to develop work, commune with each other and meet various industry professionals. This program is generously supported by The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust. (Click their photos for more info!)

Calley N. Anderson Calley N. Anderson is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Memphis, Tennessee. Her ten-minute plays have received five festival productions to date (Emerald Theatre Company, TN 2016; Pride Theater at Chandler, VT 2017; Stable Cable Lab Co., NY 2017; InVersion Theatre, NY 2018; Fade to Black Fest, TX 2018). Anderson is a graduate of Davidson College (BA in English, Concentration in Film and Media Studies) and The New School for Drama (MFA in Playwriting). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the American Theatre Group PlayLab, a 2020-2021 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, was a finalist for The Civilians R&D Group, a semifinalist for the National Black Theatre’s I AM SOUL Residency, and was recently commissioned by the University of Memphis Dept. of Theatre and Dance. Anderson is also one of eighteen Memphis Hub fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Cultural Innovators Forum and currently serves as a Program Manager for NY Writers Coalition.

Alisha Espinosa Alisha Espinosa is an Afro-Boricua actor, playwright, and the Director of Education and Outreach for the Latinx Playwrights Circle. Recently, her play The Language of the Unheard was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill 2021 NPC. She was also a semi-finalist for the WP Theatre LAB 2021 and wrote for the 48 Hours in El Bronx 2021 Digital Festival. A selection of her work can be found on the New Play Exchange Network. Select Acting Credits: Seize the King (Classical Theatre of Harlem) Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theatre), Alma (Old Globe), Hamlet (Stage One), Shakespeare the Remix (Capital Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (KY Shakespeare). @la.espi | MFA UMKC

Elijah Guo Elijah Guo is a NYC-based playwright and lover of unsung voices in history and literature. His plays have been developed at the American Conservatory Theater and Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, and various Off-Off-Broadway stages in New York. His screen project about Shakespeare coming to life recently premiered at Tribeca. He is a winner of the David Mamet Playwriting Contest, finalist for the Emmys Screenwriting Fellowship, and attendee of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. He trained as an English/Theater major at UC Berkeley and an MFA actor at Harvard. His guilty pleasure is definitely Gothic romance.

Renae Jarrett Renae Jarrett is a playwright living in Brooklyn. She is a 2022 MacDowell Fellow and a recent graduate from UT Austin’s MFA Playwriting program. In addition to playwriting, she dabbles in arts criticism, gardening, and over-analyzing reality television.

Jeana Scotti Jeana Scotti was born and raised in NY and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her plays have been performed at New Perspectives Theatre, Rutgers Mason Gross, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Tank, Theatre for a New City, and Access Theater. She was recently a member of the 2021 New Perspectives Women’s Work Short Play Lab. She is a lecturer at Purchase College and a teaching artist to little humans and bigger humans, helping them tell their own stories. She received her BA in Theatre and Performance from Purchase College and her MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.

TyLie ShiderTyLie Shider Playwright and journalist TyLie Shider is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center (PWC) and an I Am Soul playwright in residence at the National Black Theatre (NBT). His recent plays include Labor (The Theater Project), Whittier (PWC) and The Gospel Woman (NBT). He holds a BA in Journalism from Delaware State University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. A proud member of the Dramatist Guild, he is currently a Professor of Playwriting at Augsburg University, and a staff writer for Minnesota Playlist.

Mallory Jane WeissMallory Jane Weiss is a NYC-based playwright whose work primarily spirals around female stories, especially as they relate to sexuality, friendship, authenticity, education, and privilege. Select full-length plays include PONY UP (Princess Grace Finalist, 2019; SPACE on Ryder Farm semi-finalist, 2020; The New School, 2019), THE PAGE TURNERS (The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist 2021), LOSING YOU, WHICH IS ENOUGH (workshop readings at The Lark and Cherry Lane Theatre), A&Z’S ESCAPADES IN MOONSTRUCK CITY (Cutting Ball Theatre Variety Pack Finalist, 2019; The New School, 2018), and HOWL FROM UP HIGH (Gingold Theatrical Group). Mallory is an alumna of Gingold Theatrical Group’s Speakers Corner writers’ group and Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Retreat. She is Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company’s 2020-2021 Artist in Residence, for which she is developing three plays. She is also currently developing a play as a finalist for the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission. BA: Harvard University, MFA: The New School.

Bailey WilliamsBailey Williams is writer of plays and fiction. Her most recent play I thought I would die but I didn’t (dir. Sarah Blush) was produced at The Tank in a New Georges supported production. It was a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. Her previous play Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses, Troubled Teen Girls and Other: a 90 Minute Timeshare Presentation premiered with the Exponential Festival in January 2018. It toured in August 2018 at The Brick in NYC, The Annex (Baltimore), and The Whole Shebang (PA). The entire show and additional material are available at buffalobaileysranch.biz. Bailey has developed work with Abrons Arts Center, Ars Nova, the Brick, Bushwick Starr, Cloud City, Curious Theatre, Dixon Place, La MaMa, the New Ohio Theater, The Tank, Williamstown Theatre Festival, University Settlement, Vital Joint and more. She has received residencies at Barn Arts, Drop Forge & Tool, and La MaMa Umbria. She is under commission by The Hearth Theater. She recently received a MacDowell Fellowship to work on her upcoming novel. Bailey has also written for a science and technology podcast (“Should This Exist?”) and a gay trivia show (“Hosting” on Scruff). BFA: NYU; MFA: Brooklyn College.

Past Groups:

2020/21 (globe:warmed): Cristina Luzárraga, Allyson Dwyer, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Hanna Novak, ruth tang, Johnny Lloyd, Kathy Ng and Nazareth Hassan.

2019/20 (And Their Friends): Aaron Ricciardi, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Kori Alston, Ryan Szelong, Julia Izumi, Justice Hehir, May Treuhaft-Ali and Crystal Finn.

2018/19 (The Moniques): Emma Goidel, Alexander Paris, Lily Ackerman, Zhu Yi, April Ranger, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi and T. Adamason.

2017/18 (No Team Name): Ren Dara Santiago, Abby Rosebrock, William Glick, Charly Simpson, Daaimah Mubashshir, Chloé Hayat, Jordan Baum and Katie Hathaway.

2016/17 (No Team Name): Alexis Roblan, Angela Hanks, Dennis A. Allen II, Dominic Finocchiaro, Georgina Escobar, Jess Barbagallo, Nina Braddock and Paul Cameron Hardy.

2015/16 (Impartially Nude): Bryna Turner, Catia Cunha, Eboni Booth, Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Phillip Howze, Sarah Einspanier, Will Arbery and Zarina Shea.

2014/15 (Blood Piñata): Sarah DeLappe, Stephanie Del Rosso, Cory Finley, Xavier Galva, Jessica Goldschmidt, Amina Henry, Carmen Herlihy and Ryan King.

2013/14 (The Falcons): Jaclyn Backhaus, Adam Blodgett, LaShea Delaney, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Ken Greller, MJ Kaufman, Dan Regelski and Ariel Stess.