29 new plays, 31 produced, 18 cities all from 1 apartment

"I was able to focus entirely on the production, publication, development, and creation of my plays."
- A. Rey Pamatmat, 2011 Fellow

"PoNY changed my life. It will change many lives. PoNY may change theatre, we just have to let it."
- Tommy Smith, 2010 Fellow

"Because of PoNY I got a new agent, and, really, a fresh start."
- Carson Kreitzer, 2007 Fellow

"I was able to pay my bills. I made friends with the doorman. Did I mention I wrote a lot?"
- Tommy Smith, 2010 Fellow

"The [apartment] location allowed me to be a really active member in the NY theatre community."
- A. Rey Pamatmat, 2011 Fellow

"I spent the year just writing, and I wrote six new plays."
- Samuel D. Hunter, 2008 Fellow

"Thank you PoNY for changing my life, and changing the world."
- Carson Kreitzer, 2007 Fellow

"Thank you so much for your commitment to new plays and to new playwrights. This kind of fellowship is unprecedented."
- Samuel D. Hunter, 2008 Fellow

"I wrote six new plays. I rewrote four others."
- Tommy Smith, 2010 Fellow

"This is amazing. This would change everything for me."
- Samuel D. Hunter, 2008 Fellow

"PoNY, in a few short years, has become a vital part of the ecology of New York theater. We are lucky PoNY exists."
- Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater

"That year I finished 3 plays. I did some tweaks on THE MOUNTAINTOP, and I stayed in New York, which is where I was supposed to be."
- Katori Hall, 2009 Fellow


American Repertory Theater



The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), at Harvard University, is one of the country's most celebrated theaters and the winner of numerous awards, including the Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize and Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. In May of 2003 it was named one of the top three regional theaters in the country by Time magazine.

A.R.T. is located at Harvard University, where PoNY Founder Sandi Farkas and husband, Andrew, recently endowed the THE NEW COLLEGE THEATRE COMPLEX, naming it

Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer; and Ryan McKittrick, Dramaturg; are all dedicated to the mission of building a community of artists and expanding the boundaries of theater.

A.R.T. has partnered with PoNY to create a menu of incredible opportunities that are available exclusively for PoNY Playwrights:

  • PoNY work to be considered by A.R.T. for main season productions
  • Access to theaters including a "black box" experimental theater for new work, and OBERON--an exciting club theater space
  • Development of new work with the members of the A.R.T. Institute (graduate school of actors, dramaturgs, and voice students)
  • Involvement with the Civil War Project involving ART in partnership with 3 other theaters
  • Utilization of A.R.T.'s staff for artistic feedback, including Diane Paulus
  • Residencies in A.R.T. apartments

Labyrinth Theater Company



Labyrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a small group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater. In doing so, they created a tightly knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble that created incendiary and vital new works for the stage that redefined the landscape of New York City theater.

Labyrinth has built an incredible reputation for producing groundbreaking and edgy work through their ensemble-based theater company, founded by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, who are still actively involved. The new leadership includes Artistic Directors Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, and Yul Vázquez, with Danny Feldman as Managing Director. They are dedicated to cultivating new relationship with PoNY Playwrights.

Opportunities with Labyrinth Theater include:

  • PoNY work to be considered for upcoming mainstage seasons
  • Access to the Summer Intensive, an artists' retreat of staged readings for one week at Connecticut College. The opportunity to participate in the Barn Reading series, which includes rehearsal time with directors, actors, and public readings in NYC.

The Bush Theatre



The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present their work to the highest possible standards. We look for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and we champion work that is both provocative and entertaining.

The Bush has produced hundreds of groundbreaking premieres since its inception in 1972, many of them Bush commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world. The Bush is widely acclaimed as the seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names. The Bush has won over 100 awards, and developed an enviable reputation for touring its acclaimed productions nationally and internationally.

The Playwrights of New York Residency at the Bush Theatre provides:

  • Support for a PoNY Fellow to be resident at the Bush Theatre to develop an original play in partnership with UK artists, the Bush Theatre Creative Team and PoNY
  • Housing and accommodation for a month-long residency in London
  • Commission of an original idea to be developed through creative R&D at the Bush Theatre in London over a 1 month period – this may be arranged across more than one visit:
    - 6 month engagement or longer (1 month in total in London)
    - Decision to further develop the idea for programming consideration made after this point
  • Collaboration with British theatre artists as required (actors, designers, dramaturg etc)
  • Engagement in the creative life of the Bush Theatre whilst in London
    - Networking opportunities with UK theatres / artists