New Plays on Campus

New Plays on Campus (NPOC) is an institutional membership program of the Playwrights’ Center that puts the best new plays in America into the hands of college and university theaters and connects today’s students and faculty with living playwrights and the professional playwriting world. New Plays on Campus memberships are a great value at $300 annually.

Join New Plays on Campus

New Plays on Campus benefits

All of the regular general member benefits for 6 students and/or faculty members (additional students can be added for a discounted price of $25/each), including access to our online database of script submission opportunities, discounted seminars and classes, the chance to work one-on-one with a dramaturg, and more, plus:

Core Apprentice program

Students of New Plays on Campus schools can apply to be Core Apprentices, who are granted fully-funded play development workshops at the Playwrights’ Center and a mentorship with a professional playwright. More about the Core Apprentice program »

Playwriting seminars

Online playwriting seminars geared toward topics that pertain to college and university students and preparing for life after college as a playwright. Taught by working playwrights from around the country. 

Script matching services

Find new plays for your stage. Access to the most exciting new work in the country, year-round, before anyone else. The Playwrights’ Center has access to a vast nationwide network of playwrights and plays. Let us be your “literary manager at large.” We’ll narrow the pool to meet your requirements, then you select the play or playwright. Scripts are drawn from the Center’s high-caliber Core Writers, fellows, and Affiliated Writers, assuring a professional commitment to excellence.

Playwright residencies

Bring a playwright to your school. Choose on-campus residencies, on-site commissions, teaching, or collaborative work with students.

Student internships

Special internships throughout the year can be arranged to give students hands-on experience with the new play development process. New Plays on Campus members are given priority consideration for internships. More about internships »

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Students: Want to sign up for New Plays on Campus? Have a school staff or faculty member contact us.


For more information about the New Plays on Campus program, please contact Sarah Myers, Director of University Programs and Partnerships, at or 612-547-5743.


Colleges, universities, and affiliated programs currently enrolled in the New Plays on Campus program by state:

Arizona State University, School of Film, Dance and Theatre

California Institute of the Arts
UCLA, School of Theater, Film, and Television
University of California - San Diego, Department of Theatre & Dance


Catholic University of America, Department of Drama
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Boise State University, Theatre Arts Department

Northwestern University, Department of Theatre
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Department of Theatre

Indiana University, Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Iowa State University
University of Iowa, Theatre Arts

Spalding University, Creative Writing

Boston University, Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Lesley University, Humanities
MIT, Music & Theater Arts
Smith College, Department of Theatre

Augsburg University, Theater
Macalester College, Theatre and Dance Department
Normandale Community College
St. Olaf College, Theater Department
University of Minnesota, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
University of St. Thomas

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film

Barnard College, Department of Theatre
Hunter College
Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group
Purchase College
Sarah Lawrence College
Vassar College

University of North Carolina

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama

Brown University, Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

Pellissippi State Community College

Texas Tech University
University of Texas - Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance

Bennington College, MFA in Writing

Hollins University, The Playwrights' Lab, Playwriting MFA

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Viterbo University

Other Playwrights' Center University Programs and Partnerships Affiliated Colleges and Universities:

 Praise for New Plays on Campus

This play engaged our students’ imaginations more than any other project I've seen in a while.
—David Johnson, Associate Professor of Theater at Virginia Tech, about NPOC and their production of Tallgrass Gothic by Melanie Marnich

It is one of the first times that I can honestly say that such a bridge between the professional world and college theater makes us connect in a way that is creative, important, and useful for all parties involved.
—Karen Peterson Wilson, Theater Department Chair at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, about NPOC and their production of Perpetua by Vincent Delaney

The NPOC workshop was a wonderful first taste of what life as a working playwright could be like. When I saw the Playwrights’ Center for the first time I was stunned, in awe that a national center for playwriting was housed inside a church—it was beautiful, and empowering.
—Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, MFA playwriting student at University of Texas-Austin, about the workshop of her play The Other Side of the Closet

Asked if New Plays On Campus could “change American theater,” Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Artistic Director Gregg Henry chuckles. “I think it is possible…I don’t mean to be Pollyanna about it, but everybody’s going to benefit from this.”
—From a Variety magazine article by Mark Blankenship

This program actually works. I can honestly say that the New Plays on Campus collaboration is a win-win for everyone involved.
—Karen Peterson Wilson, professor of theater, St. Olaf College

The Core Apprenticeship provided me with a fantastic mentor and a full week of new play development; it gave me tremendous and vital support as I left grad school.
—Basil Kreimendahl, MFA playwriting student at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2012-13 Core Apprentice, 2013-14 Jerome Fellow, 2014-15 McKnight Fellow