The INgram new works project

Empowering Playwrights to create new theatre works in nashville

The Ingram New Works Project is the first program of its kind, empowering outstanding artists to write stories they are passionate about. Ingram New Works and the Nashville Repertory Theatre provide playwrights with audiences, networking, lodging, hospitality, and other support, allowing them to focus on what they do best: creating powerful, impactful, critically-acclaimed new plays. The three pieces of the Project are the Fellowship, Lab, and Festival. Since 2009, the Ingram New Works Project has supported the development of over 60 new plays. We are the playwrights’ home away from home, powered by Nashville’s authentic and radical hospitality.

Ingram New Works Labs

Providing support and resources to emerging playwrights
Chosen annually through a highly competitive process, Lab Playwrights visit Nashville monthly to develop a new play about which they are passionate The Nashville Rep provides them with audiences, networking, lodging, hospitality, and other support throughout the year, leading up to the premier staged readings of their plays at the Ingram New Works Festival. The 2018-2019 playwrights join us in Nashville October 12-14, November 16-18, December 14-16, and March 15-17.

Ingram New Works Fellowship

Supporting and collaborating with an established playwright
Each year the Ingram New Works Fellow has the opportunity to develop a new play with the full support of Nashville Repertory Theatre. The Fellow is highlighted during Playwrights’ Week in January and serves as a mentor to the Lab Playwrights. The 2019 Playwrights Week is January 10-16, featuring a REPaloud of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl on January 12.

Ingram New Works Festival

Nashville’s Annual Celebration of New Plays & Playwrights
The culmination of the annual Ingram New Works Project, the festival features the premier public reading of all five plays that the fellow and lab playwrights have been developing. The 2019 Ingram New Works Festival is May 8-18. 

 The 2018-2019 Ingram New Works Playwrights at their first Lab of the year. Flamingo Cocktail Club.

The 2018-2019 Ingram New Works Playwrights at their first Lab of the year. Flamingo Cocktail Club.

We are searching for actors to participate in the Ingram New Works Labs and Festival! Our playwrights and plays are phenomenal, and we would love for you to be a part of this year’s project. Apply here!


HISTORY

The Ingram New Works Project is a nationally recognized new play development program that cultivates and amplifies new voices for the stage. Since 2009, the Ingram New Works Project has supported the development of over 60 new plays for the stage. Lab Playwrights develop new works for the stage alongside the Ingram New Works Fellow in a yearlong residency culminating in the annual Ingram New Works Festival. We are the playwright’s home away from home, powered by Nashville’s authentic and radical hospitality.

The Ingram New Works Project was created by Nashville Rep with the support of co-founder Martha R. Ingram to provide an opportunity for theatre artists to develop new theatre works in Nashville. Every year, Ingram Lab Playwrights develop new works for the stage alongside the Ingram New Works Fellow. Past fellows include Christopher Durang (Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, Beyond Therapy),  David Auburn (ProofThe Columnist), Stephen Dietz (Lonely PlanetRancho Mirage), Theresa Rebeck (Bad DatesFever), and Doug Wright (I am My Own WifePosterity, War Paint).


"NEW WORK IS THE LIFE FORCE OF EVERY ART FORM."

“The Ingram Charitable Fund is thrilled to make this opportunity available in support of new works for the theatre. I am confident that this collaboration will not only have positive contributions to the Nashville theatre community, but also the American theatre landscape as a whole."

- Martha Ingram