Support for Artists

Support for theatre artists’ ongoing professional development is an essential part of the Theatre for a New Audience mission. Theatre for a New Audience administers several programs, fully subsidized by the Theatre, that nurture and support American theatre professionals. The programs also allow Theatre for a New Audience to collaborate with promising artists as they create exciting works of theatre.

The Actors and Directors Project

The Actors and Directors Project (ADP) was established in 1997 to promote the development of American directors of Shakespeare. In particular, ADP seeks to develop directors’ sensibility for Shakespeare’s language and enhance their understanding of how actors can bring Shakespeare’s text to life. Each season, Theatre for a New Audience invites six to eight young to mid-career directors to work with Cicely Berry, Director of Voice, Royal Shakespeare Company, Andrew Wade, Theatre for a New Audiences’ Director of Voice, and a company of actors. ADP has become a highly valued program in the field in which artists develop skills by working with Berry, one of the finest masters of Shakespeare’s language. ADP participants are among the most promising artists working today.

The Robert Williams Workshop

Robert Neff Williams, distinguished teacher of voice technique at the Juilliard School, leads a three-week workshop focusing on performance approaches to works by classical playwrights other than Shakespeare. Fifteen actors are invited to participate in the workshop each year. Past Williams Workshops have explored performance techniques with Restoration drama and developing an American style for the wit and humanity of Molière.

The Peter Brook Workshop

While in town for the recent production of Love Is My Sin, director Peter Brook and long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne led a onetime only, three-day workshop with an invited group of some of the most promising young directors working today. This workshop was a rare opportunity for the sixteen participants to engage in constructive discussion with the legendary director, and to gain perspective on their own work by discussing their ideas, and the challenges they face.

Script Submission Policy

We are unable to receive and respond to unsolicited play submissions.

Headshot Submission Policy

Headshots and resumes can be submitted to Jack Doulin + Sharky Casting at Please do not mail hard copies.

Cicely Berry leading The Actors and Directors Project.
Photo by Henry Grossman.
Andrew Wade leading an exercise in The Actors and Directors Project. Photo by Henry Grossman.

The Robert Neff Williams Workshop.

The Peter Brook Workshop 2010. Photo by Henry Grossman.

Pictured above: Kathryn Hunter and cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, photo by Joan Marcus.