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The Playwriting Center

About The Playwriting Center

The Playwriting Center is an initiative of Theater Emory and creates opportunities, at Emory University, where established and emerging writers choose to bring their growing plays for creative nurturance and support.

For over thirty years, The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory has focused on new play initiatives, based on the belief that these efforts enrich not only the play scripts themselves but all those who choose to engage with them.

The Playwriting Center helped initiate and now enthusiastically supports both the Emory Playwriting Fellowship and the Academic Joint Major in Playwriting through Theater Studies.

Brave New Works 2024


In Spring 2024 the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory will produce Brave New Works (BNW), a three-week theatrical developmental workshop. BNW provides theater professionals and students with the space and resources to conduct creative experimentation as part of the process of creating new works for the stage. The Brave New Works festival of new and evolving plays gives playwrights and other theatremakers, a laboratory to work with a director, actors, and other creative artists, to revise and rewrite their scripts, and share the resulting work with members of the Emory and Atlanta communities and beyond.

Recent Works

Brave New Works

Rosalind Sullivan-Lovett's one-act play Henry Darger Takes a Walk, recently staged at Emory as part of Brave New Works 2018, has won the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, an annual literary event held in the French Quarter, attended by writers and readers from across the country. The play contest winner receives a professional staged reading at the festival, publication in Bayou magazine, and a cash prize. Henry Darger Takes a Walk originated in an advanced playwriting workshop at Emory and was further developed through a Playwriting Center of Theater Emory Fellowship. Roz is a recent graduate in Theater Studies and Creative Writing. 

Brave New Works


4 Plays, 2 Days, Infinite Possibilities

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s 4:48 is a creative sprint to the finish. Four playwrights lock themselves away for two days of furious writing, at the end of which they’ll have four brand new plays all based around the same source material, all incorporating 5 shared story elements.

This project was developed and is produced by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, with initial funding from the Breaking Ground Project. 4:48 x 2018 is being produced in partnership with Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health.

4:48 Archive

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