What's Happening!


    We’re back with the 8th iteration of Winterworks – a progressive performance of three short-ish plays, which culminates our New Play Directing Fellowship – featuring:

    Kedian Keohan directing BUTTON LAKE BAND CAMP
    by Elijah Guo; Nemuna Ceesay directing REPLY ALL
    by Jahna Ferron-Smith; and Dara Malina directing COACH COACH by Bailey Williams.

    There are only 7 showings, and capacity is extremely limited! Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

  • Meet the soon-to-be graduates of Brown University's MFA Playwriting Program

    We’re excited to join forces once again with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program in the Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies
    to present readings of plays by two new graduates: Nkenna Akunna and Seayoung Yim, on Tue Nov 29th and Wed Nov 30th at Playwrights Horizons.

  • Thank you to everyone who attended or donated to our 25th Anniversary Gala!

    And thank you Etsy for hosting us, and the many people who volunteered to help make it a special night. It was such a pleasure to reconnect with old friends, and to meet some new ones as we celebrated Clubbed Thumb, and the many many artists and craftspeople who we’ve had the pleasure of working with these 25 years. Check out photos on Instagram!

    Want to support our 25th Anniversary? There’s still time! 

    Donate $25 or more to our gala campaign and we’ll send you a limited-edition Clubbed Thumb coloring book and matching pencil set!


    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


    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!)

Sam Bell Sam Bell is a playwright and actor from Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting. He’s been a writer and performer for the Empire Revue in Providence since 2013, contributing sketch comedy as well as devising and co-writing musicals for the show that have been performed at AS220 and PVD Fest. In 2022 he wrote a short play and sketches that were performed at Kismet Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Daniela Gonzalez y Perez Daniela Gonzalez y Perez is a queer Puerto Rican actor, playwright, and teaching artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Their writing explores the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion through fantasy, “magical realism”, sci-fi, and that “Brooklyn shit” to confront/reject societal norms, barriers, and the displacement of peoples. They are a semi-finalist for the Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC (2022) and were recently a fellow of The Latinx Playwrights Circle’s Intensive Mentorship Program (2022), which resulted in an industry reading of ÁNGEL Y CHUPI (The Reinvented Queer Tale of the Puerto Rican Chupacabra), mentored by Migdalia Cruz. They wrote ALIEN STRIPPERS for The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues with INTAR (2022), have had two of their ten-minute plays, THE MARTIAN KING and UNOFFICIAL GIRLFRIEND, shown live at Fucked-Up Play Fest! (2021), two zoom readings of their full-length plays, ÁNGEL Y CHUPI and MY BROOKLYN (2021, 2020), with The Latinx Playwrights Circle, and four plays selected for Gi60: International One-Minute Theatre Festival over the years. As an actor, they were recently featured in a workshop production (The Tank) and have been in two world premieres (Rattlestick Theater, INTAR Theatre). They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Brooklyn College, is a proud member of INTAR’s Unit 52 and The Latinx Playwrights Circle, and is a Teaching Artist for Manhattan Theatre Club. Pan, mantequilla, y cafecito; we can change the world cada día un poquito.

Emma HorwitzEmma Horwitz is a writer from New York City. Her plays have been supported by New Georges (2022 Audrey Resident, Affiliated Artist), The Playwrights Realm (2021-2022 Writing Fellow), Williamstown Theater Festival (2020 “Playwright-in-Residence”), Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, Two Headed Rep, etc. Her fiction and comics have been published with Joyland Magazine, Two Serious Ladies,  Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Sunday Stories, Spiral Bound, Moon Missives, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, etc. She has held residencies with Erik Ehn’s Stillwright in Texas, Arts Letters & Numbers, and with CAMP (Collaborative Arts Mobility Project). She teaches playwriting at the Rhode Island School of Design . BA: Bard College, Written Arts.  MFA: Brown University, Playwriting.

Katelynn KenneyKatelynn Kenney (she/her) is a mixed-race Filipina-American military kid and artist last from South Dakota. Her plays have been produced and developed by The Tank, Primary Stages’ ESPA, The Skeleton Rep, Monstrous Little Theatre Co., FEAST at Under St. Marks, the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Cohesion Theatre Company, Prospect Theater Company, and more. She was a finalist for the ‘21 Sundance Uprise Grant and was awarded a ‘21 Ma-Yi Micro Grant and a ‘21 Himan Brown Award. Kenney received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, and she’s happily researching Philippine monsters for her next project.

Nina KiNina Ki (xe/she/they) is a Queerean (Queer + Korean) American playwright who was born and raised in Los Angeles, but currently lives in Brooklyn. Xe graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008 with a BFA in Dramatic Writing, and xer plays have been read, recorded, and presented nationwide, including with MCC Theater, Queens Theatre, Brave New World Repertory, The Classical Theater of Harlem, Yale Summer Cabaret, the HBMG Foundation, and The Parsnip Ship. Xer play Moon Bear was given special consideration for the Relentless Award, and xer play Taemong (Birth Dream) was a finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship. Xe is also an inaugural member of The Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots Writer’s Group. To contact xer or learn more about xer work, please visit xer website at www.nina-ki.com.

klkl (they/she) is a Black queer playwright and memoirist from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, now based in Brooklyn. Their play ON EITHER SIDE OF ALL THE LATE UNPLEASANTNESS will receive a workshop production from Possibilities Theatre Company in Chicago this autumn. They are an alum of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Play Group (2021), HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020), and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Tennessee Williams Scholar in Playwriting, 2019). Their work has been developed with/presented by The Black Box Project NYC, The Starfruit Project, The Playground Experiment, Possibilities Theatre Company, Strange Trace Opera Company, and Washington University in St. Louis. She is an affiliated artist with Art Rat Theatre Company’s devised theatre project, Fossil. B.A.: Washington University in St. Louis.

kanishk pandeykanishk pandey is a writer originally from Davis, CA. At 16, he won first place in the Princeton Ten Minute Play Contest. At 19, he was a finalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference for COLONY, his first full-length play. His work has been featured at The Tank, The Lark, and Broke People Play Festival. He has been a featured playwright at The Lark, a part of Workshop Theater’s 2021 and 2022 Spring Intensives, and a Greenhouse Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm. His script, The Fate of the Online Cow, has received Semi-Finalist position at both the O’Neill’s NPC and the Austin Film Festival, and was finalist for FMM Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language from Synecdoche Works. He was a founding member of the Submerged Writers Group and runs a developmental theater company titled GIFTSHOP. BFA: Dramatic Writing, NYU Tisch. Kanishkpandey.com

Hayley StahlHayley Stahl is a writer from Michigan. Her plays have been developed at The School of Making Thinking and presented by Undiscovered Countries. In addition to plays, she writes poems and movies. She has been a resident at the Warman School and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA, Film) and Hunter College (MFA, Playwriting).


Past Groups:

2021/22 (No Team Name): Calley N. Anderson, Alisha Espinosa, Elijah Guo, Renae Jarrett, Jeana Scotti, TyLie Shider, Mallory Jane Weiss, Bailey Williams

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.