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Backstage@Northern Stage: World Premiere Plays

January 11 – February 1, 2019
Series runs on Fridays from 5 – 6:30 PM
Click here by December 14 to register.

Since the inception of our new play development program (New Works Now) in January 2014, Northern Stage has nurtured more than 20 new plays through workshops and readings, brought five world premieres to life in the Byrne Theater, and transferred two productions Off-Broadway. We invite you to learn about what it takes to develop new plays for the American stage through our innovative experiential learning program, Backstage@NorthernStage.

This series of four workshops will bring you from the page to the rehearsal room to the stage as we rehearse our 5th world premiere – Marisa Smith’s Venus Rising – and work with dozens of theater makers during New Works Now, our week-long festival of new plays. You’ll witness a New Works Now reading rehearsal, hear from directors and actors, learn about the process of writing a new play, get to know members of Northern Stage’s Leadership Team and staff, immerse yourself in the craft of technical theater, and gain a thorough understanding of all it takes to manage a $4 million social-profit arts enterprise here in the Upper Valley.

In addition to regular workshops, participants are invited to attend supplementary, non-included events to deepen your experience: enjoy Script Club – a hosted lunch with the company of Venus Rising – get a sneak peek into a tech rehearsal, and of course, come to a public reading of a new play.

Communications, Inc.

Success in business means finding comfort in uncomfortable situations and building a highly effective team. We can customize a program to help employees or individuals work on public speaking, presentation skills, team building, and more using acting and theater techniques. Interested in a day with your co-workers or employees?

Contact Amanda Rafuse at to schedule a workshop tailored to your needs.