Hartford Stage has a long-standing commitment to developing new plays and has produced over 70 world premieres in its first 50 years. Plays commissioned, developed, and produced by Hartford Stage have gone on to receive productions regionally and in New York–both on and off Broadway. Hartford Stage is interested in new work in all genres. Recent world premieres include Steven Lutvak and Robert Freedman’s musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (which was honored with four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Darko Tresnjak); Daniel Beaty’s play with music, Breath and Imagination; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case, a dance-theatre piece with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful. Hartford Stage’s main new play activities consist of 1) commissioning new plays via the Aetna New Voices Fellowship, 2) developing plays via the annual Brand:NEW Play Festival of readings of new work in development, and 3) producing world premieres as part of our Mainstage season.
The new play programs are run by Director of New Play Development Elizabeth Williamson. A dramaturg, director and translator, Williamson was formerly Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at Pioneer Theatre Company. She has developed new work with Brooke Berman, Sheila Callaghan, Kyle Jarrow, Wendy MacLeod, Brighde Mullins, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp, Octavio Solis, Bess Wohl, Lauren Yee, and Mary Zimmerman. She’s worked at About Face Theatre, the American Conservatory Theater, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Court Theatre, HERE Arts Center, the La Jolla Playhouse, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Steppenwolf, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and other companies. Education: BA, Bennington College; Master’s, Oxford University; trained at the École Jacques Lecoq & with Complicite. She received a 2007 NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation and is a member the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.