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 Classes & Seminars

Online playwriting classes and seminars geared toward topics that pertain to college students and recent graduates offered at Member rates and taught by working playwrights from around the country. 

Membership Orientations & Class Visits

Request an individualized online session with University Programs and Partnerships staff. We can provide an overview of Membership resources and Fellowship opportunities, or talk with students about a range of topics in playwriting.

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. Rely on us to match you with a playwright you're interested in working with for an on-campus residency, on-site commission, teaching experience, 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 »

Ready to join?

Join New Plays on Campus

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 Shalee Cole Mauleón, University Programs and Partnerships Associate, at or 612-547-5742. 

For more information about the University Courses program, please contact Zoë Rodine, Director of University Programs and Partnership, 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

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Stetson University, Theatre Arts

Emory, Creative Writing Program

Boise State University, Theatre, Film and Creative Writing
University of Idaho, Theatre Arts

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

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

Iowa State University, MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment
University of Iowa, Theatre Arts

Spalding University, Creative Writing

Washington College

Boston University, Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Lesley University, Humanities
Smith College, Department of Theatre

Augsburg University, Creative Writing, Theater
Macalester College, Theatre and Dance Department
Metropolitan State University
St. Olaf College

University of Northwestern, Saint Paul 
University of Minnesota, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

University of Nebraska Omaha, Creative Writing
Western Nebraska Community College

Brooklyn College, Creative Writing Playwriting MFA
Hunter College

Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group
Purchase College
Sarah Lawrence College
SUNY New Paltz
Vassar College

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama

Brown University, Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

University of Texas - Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance

Brigham Young University, Theatre and Media Arts

Bennington College, Theatre + Dance

Hollins University, The Playwrights' Lab, Playwriting MFA

West Virginia University, School of Theatre & Dance

Beyond the New Plays on Campus program, students attending these schools have enrolled in our University Courses:

 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