Programs

Workshops and Productions

Our nationally known faculty hold workshops during the fall and spring academic semesters. Click here to learn more about our Playwriting MFA and how to apply to be part of the program. Our Second Stage Festival of New Work celebrates our graduating class of MFA playwrights with workshop productions of their thesis plays. Each year we produce three or four new works by alumni playwrights in our Season of New Plays. From the class workshops to the productions, we employ the best of New England’s professional actors, directors, and designers to bring the playwright’s vision to its first audience.

Black Box Fellowships

When we are not producing plays, we continue our mission by donating theatre space to other New England theatre companies producing new work for the stage. Click here for an application to our Black Box Fellowships.

Annual Events: New Noises and the Boston Theater Marathon

In collaboration with the Boston Children’s Theatre, we produce New Noises: Massachusetts Young Playwrights’ Project every spring. Area high schools work with professional playwrights, directors, and actors to see student works on stage for the first time. Fifty local theatre companies join us for the annual Boston Theater Marathon, a showcase of new 10-minute plays by New England writers chosen yearly from more than 400 entrants. Each play is produced by a different New England theatre company and produced in one 10-hour event with all net proceeds going to charity.