What's Happening!

  • SUMMERWORKS STARTS NOW!

    Our 23rd Annual Summerworks is underway – running May 19 through June 30 at the Wild Project – CLICK HERE for details on the shows, as well as the schedule for our Early-Career Writers’ Group reading series

  • THANK YOU

    to everyone who celebrated Pam MacKinnon with us at our gala this past Monday, and to everyone who couldn’t be there but contributed to the event–it was a huge success and we were touched and honored by the outpour of support

    Check out some photos of the event on facebook–and there’s still time to contribute to the 18/19 Directing Fellowship HERE

  • Announcing Summerworks 2018

    Our 23rd Annual Mini-Season of new work will feature: TIN CAT SHOES by Trish Harnetiaux, directed by Knud Adams; WILDER GONE by Angela Hanks; and PLANO by Will Arbery, directed by Taylor Reynolds. Read more and get your festival pass HERE

  • Applications for the 2018/19 Directing Fellowship are now closed

    Thank you to the many directors who applied to next season’s fellowship. We will conduct an interview process over the coming months, and the selected fellows will be announced this summer

  • Congratulations Pam!

    Our dear friend Pam MacKinnon will be the next Artistic Director of the esteemed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco–a thrilling next step for her and a big win for the West Coast. So, save the date because on Monday April 30th we’re sending her off in style, and honoring her incredible legacy here in New York at the fabulous Etsy Headquarters in DUMBO. There will be some truly special guests in attendance to bid Pam farewell on the next phase of her career. More details coming soon

  • Thank you to everyone who made it out for Winterworks

    Winterworks 2018 was a great success–over the course of five days we squeezed nearly 300 people in to see the work of our Directing Fellows Sarah Hughes, Lily Riopelle and Taylor Reynolds. Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to the incredible company of over 30 artists who made it happen

  • Cute Activist starts this week!

    We’re associate producing Milo Cramer’s CUTE ACTIVIST at the Bushwick Starr, directed by Morgan Green and featuring a cast of friends–David Greenspan, Deepali Gupta, Annie Henk, Elizabeth Kenny, Ronald Peet, and Madeline Wise. Performances start this week and tickets are scarce! Get yours HERE

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop

  • Two Summerworks plays named TOP TEN

    Sara Holdren of New York Magazine’s Vulture named Alex Borinsky’s OF GOVERNMENT and Heidi Schreck’s WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME in her Top Ten shows of the year! Read more about Heidi and Alex’s Summerworks experience HERE

  • A Superlab with writers' group alum Will Arbery

    We’re Superlab-ing Will’s play EVANSTON SALT COSTS CLIMBING, directed by Dustin Wills, and featuring Ned Eisenberg, Keira Naughton, Larry Powell and Rachel Sachnoff. Join us Friday Dec 15 at 3pm at Playwrights Horizons to hear what they’ve been up to

  • SUPERLAB is back!

    The first Superlab of the season is Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play. Come listen with us – Friday Oct 27 at 2pm at Playwrights Horizons

  • Announcing the 17/18 Early-Career Writers' Group

    The fifth round of our writers’ group is underway, with eight playwrights we’re excited about: Charly Simpson, Abby Rosebrock, Ren Dara Santiago, William Glick, Chloé Hayat, Jordan Baum, Katie Hathaway and Daaimah Mubashshir

MISSION

Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange and provocative new plays by living American writers. Clubbed Thumb is a groundbreaker, with a precise curatorial vision and a remarkable track record for launching artists’ careers; and an incubator, nurturing plays, collaborations, and above all artists, through thoughtfully deployed resources, opportunities, mentorship and hospitality.

Clubbed Thumb’s plays vary in style and content, but are always 90 minutes or under. They feature substantial and challenging roles for both men and women, are questioning, formally inventive, theatrical, and exhibit a sense of humor. Since its founding in 1996, the company has presented nearly 100 productions, and has been awarded 5 Obies, including the Ross Wetzsteon award for sustained excellence.

PRODUCING

In SUMMERWORKS we produce an aesthetically diverse season of three new plays, each of which has two weeks of performances. It often provides a writers’ first professional opportunity – Clare Barron and Gina Gionfriddo had their first shows in Summerworks; Sarah Ruhl, Jordan Harrison and Lisa D’Amour made their NYC debuts.

Outside of Summerworks we have also produced plays by Deborah Eisenberg, Mac Wellman, Jeffrey Jones, Erin Courtney, Rinne Groff, Adam Bock, Jordan Harrison, Sheila Callaghan and Jaclyn Backhaus.

COMMISSIONS

Clubbed Thumb has two paths to commissioning: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, a $15,000 award, which has an open-application process in which submissions are read blind (7 plays to date); and commissions via other organizations, primarily NYSCA (12 plays).

DEVELOPMENT

Clubbed Thumb offers several development programs:

Superlab: a five-play development series co-curated with Playwrights Horizons.

The Clubbed Thumb Writers’ Group: eight mid-career alumni playwrights develop their work over 12 three-hour sessions. Culminates in an annual retreat at Two River Theatre in July.

Other activity includes: Script-revision workshops of plays by new, alumni, and commissioned playwrights; staging & design workshops; occasional co-productions with Playwrights Horizons Theater School and an open play submission policy.

EARLY-CAREER INCUBATION

Early-Career Writers’ Group: Eight playwrights and mentors are nominated by our mid-career alumni playwrights. In addition to regular meetings, the writers create a collaborative piece to open Summerworks, and each writer has a reading during Summerworks.

Early-Career Directing Fellowship: CT directors Anne Kauffman and Ken Rus Schmoll mentor three early-career directors in a five-month new play directing intensive. Each director is paired with an early/mid-career playwright to develop a new piece with students at Playwrights Horizons Theater School over the course of three months. This is followed by a three-week process with professional actors, stage managers and designers, culminating in Winterworks – a five-day industry showcase of their work.

Producing Fellowship: Two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on roles in Summerworks.

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