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The Campaign for Playwrights Horizons

Dear Friends, 

We frequently hear about the importance of investing in our national infrastructure. I would argue that our cultural infrastructure needs just as much investment. And theater, our oldest art form, is the foundation of that infrastructure, with playwrights fixed at the center. 

As national discussions about complex issues deteriorate into shouted soundbites and differing perspectives are dismissed, our American playwrights grapple with the intricacies of our shared culture. They listen deeply to tell the stories, emerging out of our social fabric, that strengthen our communities.

And no theater in America cares more about writers for the theater than Playwrights Horizons. 

For more than 40 years, we have developed and produced only new plays and musicals by American writers. This singular focus has resulted in an impressive canon of works that stretch the boundaries of the theatrical art form by some of our country’s most important writers. We present these works in spaces that are consciously kept small to foster deeper connections with audiences. And the consistently high caliber of our work, coupled with our national reputation as a leader in new play development, ensures subsequent productions in regional theaters which bring these works to audiences across the country. 

But there is so much more that can and must be done to foster the entire ecosystem — the ever widening community of diverse and vibrant writers, theater-makers, and audiences — that supports the development and production of new plays and musicals. 

To propel our vision forward, we have launched The Campaign for Playwrights Horizons.  With participation from a broad community of supporters, we seek to fund a broad range of exciting artistic and organizational initiatives. I invite you to join us and make an investment in our future. Together we will strengthen the foundation from which all of our artistic endeavors grow. Thank you. 

Tim Sanford
Artistic Director

For more information about The Campaign for Playwrights Horizons, or to make a gift, please contact Susan Ferziger, Associate Director, Institutional Giving and Campaign, at sferziger@phnyc.org or 212 564 1235 x3142.