Established in 2010, our new play commissioning program, headed by Tom Cole, gives established playwrights the opportunity to create original, new work, free of commercial constraints. Current artists include Sheila Callaghan, Heidi Schreck, Craig Lucas, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann.



Heidi Schreck

Heidi completed her TLP commission, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, in 2017.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME was originally produced in the summer of 2017 by Clubbed Thumb and True Love Productions. The piece was initially developed by True Love Productions and then further developed in collaboration with Clubbed Thumb.

This production of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME completed its run at New York Theatre Workshop in fall 2018. It is currently running at The Hayes Theater for a limited run that must end August 24th. The Broadway run will be followed by national tour.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. It garnered two Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play. It won an Obie Award for Best New American Play, a New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best American Play, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.

HEIDI SCHRECK is a writer and actor living in Brooklyn. Her latest plays include What the Constitution Means to Me, developed by Clubbed Thumb and True Love Productions, and Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatre in 2014-15. Grand Concourse was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, and winner of both a Claire Tow Fellowship and a Lily Award. Other plays, including CreatureThere Are No More Big Secrets and The Consultant, have been produced by Long Wharf Theatre, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, ART, SpeakEasy, New George, Rattlestick Theatre Company and more. Heidi has commissionsfrom the Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Repertory Theatre and has been a playwriting fellow with the Claire Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and the Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi’s television writing includes I Love Dick, Billions and Nurse Jackie, and she is currently developing a new TV series with Annapurna Pictures and Amazon. As an actor, Heidi has performed at Berkeley Rep, Roundabout Theatre, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb and Two-Headed Calf and on TV in Nurse Jackie, Billions, Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife. Heidi is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award and the Theatre World Award.



Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas is a theater-maker based in New York and Artistic Director of the Obie winning company Fulcrum Theater. His most recent play, RECENT ALIEN ABDUCTIONS, was presented at the Humana Festival. Other works include BIRD IN THE HAND (Fulcrum Theater, New York Times Critics Pick, published by Dramatic Publishing) and BLIND MOUTH SINGING (NAATCO, New York Times Critics Pick). His many awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; as well as the Helen Merrill Award; the Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship at Princeton University; and the Robert Chesley Award, among others. His plays have also been published by Playscripts and TDR/The Drama Review. He has been commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and an alumnus of New Dramatists. He teaches playwriting at Bard College.



Sheila Callaghan

Sheila completed her TLP commission, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, in 2013.

EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater in a co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Theatre at Boston Court, January 28 to March 29, 2015.

Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include SCAB, CRAWL FADE TO WHITE, CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS, DEAD CITY, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING, KATE CRACKERNUTSTHAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR,THE RAPE PLAY, FEVER/DREAM, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, ROADKILL CONFIDENTIAL, ELEVADA, and WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD. She is published with and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumni of New Dramatists. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World.” She was also named one of Variety magazine’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” of 2010.



Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is the author of the plays Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss,God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy and The Singing Forest. His screenplays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Secret Lives of Dentistsand The Dying Gaul (which he also directed). Lucas has written the scripts for the musicals Marry Me A Little,Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Three Postcards (music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia) and The Light in the Piazza(music and lyrics by Adam Guettel). His opera libretti include Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby) and Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly), which premiered at the English National Opera. Lucas directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza at the Intiman Theater in Seattle, the film Birds of America, the play This Thing of Darkness (by Lucas and David Schulner) and Harry Kondoleon's plays Saved or Destroyed and Play Yourself. He has created a new scenario for Christopher Wheeldon's version of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet.



Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann

Greg Kotis is the author of many plays and musicals including Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards, Yeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Unhappiness Plays, The Boring-est Poem in the World, The Truth About Santa, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, Urinetown(Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie Award and two Tony® Awards), and Jobey and Katherine. His work has been produced and developed in theaters across the country and around the world, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Henry Miller's Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, Perseverance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep, and The Old Globe, among others. Greg is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and is a 2010-11 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights Workshop Fellow. He grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Ayun Halliday, his daughter India, and his son Milo.

Mark Hollmann is a musical-theater composer and lyricist who received the Tony Award, the National Broadway Theatre Award, and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown the Musical, which itself won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical. In addition, Urinetown was selected as one of the season's best plays in The Best Plays of 2000-2001: The Otis Guernsey/Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook. From its successful run on Broadway, Urinetown has had productions across the U.S. and throughout the world, including Japan, South Korea, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the Philippines. His other musicals as composer/lyricist include: Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls (Perseverance Theater), Yeast Nation (New York International Fringe Festival, Perseverance Theatre and American Theater Company), The Man in the White Suit (New York Stage and Film), Alchemist the Musical (Seattle Fringe Festival and The Unusual Cabaret), Jack the Chipper (Greenview Arts Center, Chicago), The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat (University Theatre, University of Kansas), Kabooooom! (University Theater, University of Chicago), I Think I Can and Deal with It! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Fare for All (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, NYC). In Chicago, he was a founding member of Cardiff Giant Theater, for which he acted in and co-authored The Rack, Theater of Funny, The Mercy Ripper, LBJFKKK, Love Me, All Eight Die, and After Taste. For television, he has written songs for Disney Channel's Johnny and the Sprites. Mark has served on the Tony Nominating Committee, and currently serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild of America and the advisory council of the Dramatists Guild Fund. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).