PlayGround gave me my start in play writing, provided a lab and a support structure to cut my teeth on the ten minute form, then commissions and production grants to get my full lengths off the ground. I don't know of any other opportunities where a new playwright can work so extensively and consistently with theater artists of such high caliber--the directors and actors (and audiences) of PlayGround offer an amazing community of artists. I've met so many collaborators, friends, colleagues, and now even my wife through PlayGround. I spend my (non-literary) professional life supporting a wide variety of non-profit organizations in other sectors, so it is with great appreciation of the work and dedication that makes PlayGround possible that I receive the support of an organization that has worked so tirelessly on behalf of me and of my peers.
I am consistently impressed with this organization. Under the astute leadership of Artistic Director, Jim Kleinmann, PleayGround continues to strengthen existing programs and develop new ways to showcase the work of our playwrights. A highlight of the year is getting a group of friends together to attend the annual Best of... Festival. And this year's newest program, the Film Festival, was great a tremendous addition. I am honored to serve on the board and look forward to continued growth and amazing work.