Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
New play development is an important component of contemporary American theatre. In this dissertation, I examined current models of new play development in the United States. Looking at Lincoln Center Theater and Signature Theatre, I considered major non-profit theatres that seek to create life-long connections to legendary playwrights. I studied new play development at a major regional theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, and showed how the use of commissions contribute to its new play development program, the Colorado New Play Summit. I also examined a new model of play development that has arisen in recent years--the use of small black box theatres housed in large non-profit theatre institutions.
Thorson, Gregory Stuart, "The Dream Continues: American New Play Development in the Twenty-First Century" (2014). Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 1.