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The only way to keep the theatrical canon fresh is to help create the new classics.

Led by generous funding from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Laura Pels Foundation, Jodi Glucksman, and Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner, Roundabout's New Play Initiative cultivates new work by gifted playwrights at all stages of their careers, with commissions, developmental readings and workshops, and productions of new works at the Roundabout Underground program and our mainstage.

Since 1995, we have commissioned 42 playwrights, developed over 190 new works, and employed over 5,000 artists across all aspects of the New Play Initiative.

The development of new work comes at no financial gain for Roundabout, and ticket-revenue covers only 35 percent of program and production expenses. The charitable contributions from individuals allow us to continue to build on the success of this program, while offering affordable ticket prices for our audiences.

I Support New Works

You can support New Plays at Roundabout with a tax-deductible gift today!


Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.

We gratefully acknowledge
The roundabout leaders for new works
  • Alec Baldwin
  • James Costa and John Archibald
  • Linda L. D’Onofrio
  • Peggy and Mark Ellis
  • Jodi Glucksman
  • Sylvia Golden
  • Angelina Lippert
  • K. Myers
  • Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner
  • Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
  • Ira Pittelman
  • Mary Solomon
  • Lauren and Danny Stein
  • Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
  • The Tow Foundation​