Date of Award

Summer 7-17-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Oliver Gerland

Second Advisor

James Symons

Third Advisor

Rob Urbinati


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.