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Our logo puts our very essence in the hands of those who shape it most directly: our playwrights. You’ll notice that our name is written many different ways, in the hand of the writers themselves. They make this company the institution that we’re proud to be, and we’re excited to highlight their distinct writing styles in our very name.

While our onstage offerings change each season, one constant holds: our steadfast commitment to championing the voice of the American writer. We foster an enticing mix — of voice, form, style, experience – that is the heartbeat of Playwrights. It’s the stuff that, throughout our history, has guided us as we present the stories of today by the writers of tomorrow.

Scroll to see how this season’s playwrights made their mark on our logo.

Jaclyn Backhaus

“It feels so special to me to be working on a play that would not exist without the commission that Playwrights gave to me.”


Will Arbery

“I’m still processing the fact that I have a show going up at Playwrights Horizons. It just is a little bit surreal. I’ve followed this theatre so closely since I moved to the city.”


Lucas Hnath

“It’s a place that makes a playwright feel safe so that the playwright can in turn do their own dangerous work.”


Daniel Goldstein

“One of the things that’s most exciting about Playwrights is that the stories are always so adventurous and they take great themes and make them super personal.”  


Sylvia Khoury

“I’ve seen so many shows here it’s absurd that I’m here right now. I’m so grateful.”


Jeremy O. Harris

“I’ve just felt very seen by this place. They recognized something special about me.”