Jewish Plays Project

Jewish Plays Project

The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development platform is a unique tool for Jewish agencies and forward-thinking donors to engage emerging artists in their Jewish identity while simultaneously securing mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays and musicals.

The JPP is a boutique new play...
The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development platform is a unique tool for Jewish agencies and forward-thinking donors to engage emerging artists in their Jewish identity while simultaneously securing mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays and musicals.

The JPP is a boutique new play development house for R&D for Jewish theater. We work from Idea to Page, matching emerging writers with Jewish thought leaders as they create; and from Page to Stage, advancing the best new shows to production in New York and around the country.

The JPP has created “Jewish Dramaturgy”, a one-of-a-kind process that bridges secular culture and Jewish wisdom. With each project we develop, 6-10 young Jewish artists work together to test Jewish ideas and content through active artistic work and hands on advice from Jewish thought leaders (clergy, scholars, professionals and lay leaders).

Our Vision: Over the next 10 years, the JPP will develop 120 new plays and musicals featuring over 1,000 actors, directors, playwrights and designers, and advocate for their work with major theaters across the country. The result: 10 new Jewish plays and musicals will enter the canon of world dramatic literature.

Recommended by Jewish Plays Project

  • A Shonda
    19 May. 2021
    Jewish Plays Project wants to commend A SHONDA for advancing to the Top 40 plays for the 10th annual Jewish Plays Contest after reading 250 plays. This play went through a rigorous process in the summer & fall of 2020 where a community of readers searched for plays that spoke to them about Jewish identity in a way that’s bold and challenging, as well as theatrically innovative. We hope that A SHONDA swiftly finds collaborators and opportunities for further development!
  • To Rot in His Bones
    19 May. 2021
    Jewish Plays Project is thrilled that TO ROT IN HIS BONES was a Semi-Finalist for the 10th annual Jewish Plays Contest. Our Semi-Finalists went through a rigorous process in the summer & fall of 2020 where a community of readers searched for plays that spoke to them about Jewish identity in a way that’s bold and challenging, as well as theatrically innovative. After reading 250 plays, TO ROT IN HIS BONES rose to the top 20, and we hope that this play swiftly finds collaborators and opportunities to reach new audiences.
  • The Dybbuk on Orchard
    19 May. 2021
    Jewish Plays Project is thrilled that THE DYBBUK ON ORCHARD was a Semi-Finalist for the 10th annual Jewish Plays Contest. Our Semi-Finalists went through a rigorous process in the summer & fall of 2020 where a community of readers searched for plays that spoke to them about Jewish identity in a way that’s bold and challenging, as well as theatrically innovative. After reading 250 plays, THE DYBBUK ON ORCHARD rose to the top 20, and we hope that this play swiftly finds collaborators and opportunities to reach new audiences.
  • Speak Freely
    19 May. 2021
    Jewish Plays Project is thrilled that SPEAK FREELY was a Semi-Finalist for the 10th annual Jewish Plays Contest. Our Semi-Finalists went through a rigorous process in the summer & fall of 2020 where a community of readers searched for plays that spoke to them about Jewish identity in a way that’s bold and challenging, as well as theatrically innovative. After reading 250 plays, SPEAK FREELY rose to the top 20, and we hope that this play swiftly finds collaborators and opportunities to reach new audiences.
  • Lily Ineffable
    19 May. 2021
    Jewish Plays Project is thrilled that LILY INEFFABLE was a Semi-Finalist for the 10th annual Jewish Plays Contest. Our Semi-Finalists went through a rigorous process in the summer & fall of 2020 where a community of readers searched for plays that spoke to them about Jewish identity in a way that’s bold and challenging, as well as theatrically innovative. After reading 250 plays, LILY INEFFABLE rose to the top 20, and we hope that this play swiftly finds collaborators and opportunities to reach new audiences.