The Development Wing serves as a bridge between our school and producing theatre company, and acts as a funnel for the creation of new work. Playwriting students’ may elect to present their work in our Works-in-progress evenings (student actors perform in these scenes) . Our Literary Manager and Artistic Associate may then choose material from the Works-in-progress nights (they may also find work independent of the Works-in-progress nights) to be presented in our Studio Reading Series, which has a short rehearsal period with our student actors and directors, and is open to the public. Finally, a work that is under consideration for a MainStage production may be given a MainStage Reading, which has an even longer rehearsal process with our student actors and directors, and is also open to the public.
The Barrow Group is also committed to the development of new work for women, and accomplishes this through F.A.B. (“For, About, and By”) WOMEN.
The Barrow Group also offer a 24-hour play festival each year, to give our students and community members another opportunity to create together.
TBG’s Commitment to Developing New Plays:
- the Off-Broadway production of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend by Mike Birbiglia, which won the Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Solo Show (2011) was developed at TBG and directed by Seth Barrish.
- A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, received its first New York theater workshop at TBG in 2007. The play was subsequently produced on Broadway starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.
- the Off-Broadway hit and Drama Desk Award Nominee Sleepwalk With Me, starring Mike Birbiglia was developed at TBG and directed by Seth Barrish
- The Temperamentals by Jon Marans began in our Reading Series receiving a smash run on our Main Stage as a co-production of Man Underdog and Daryl Roth Productions. The play then moved to New World Stages for an extended Off-Broadway run.