New Works Fund

Recognizing that, for far too long, there have been many underrepresented voices in the American theater canon, our new play development program works to elevate and uplift unique perspectives, striving to reflect the dynamic diversity that makes the Bay Area such an exceptional place to live. Our curation of voices is consciously anti-racist, and seeks to address the historic silencing of stories by and about women and people of color.

Please consider supporting new plays written by diverse voices with a contribution to our New Works Fund with a gift of any size. Your gift will directly impact the new play process, including playwright commission fees, residencies, and workshops. Together we can ensure artists have a strong foundation and platform for their work to thrive. And, as a thank you for supporting our New Works Fund, you'll receive exclusive access to the new play development process including cocktail hours with playwrights and artistic staff, invitations to staged readings, and more!







Kate Attwell

Big Data
: Inspired by her experience touring Mozilla’s “Glass Room” pop-up interactive exhibit, Attwell will explore online privacy and the right to be forgotten.







Julia Cho

Untitled Uncle Vanya adaptation
: A loose adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, an interrogation of the meaning, and the value we derive from work.







Eisa Davis

||: Girls :||: Chance :||: Music
: A play with music exploring the expansive terrain for self-discovery opened by a summer music program, inspired by Davis’s transformative experience with a Berkeley youth orchestra. Set today, this play explores the creative awakening and coming of age of four young women in an increasingly turbulent and unstable world. 







Aleshea Harris

: A co-commission with Center Theatre Group







Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses 

The Code
: Seven students at an elite preparatory academy are sequestered in the school reading room, tasked with a high-stakes presentation on the school’s founder. As the project progresses, buried secrets emerge and history comes alive as the students wrestle with what their school has become, and what it has the potential to be. (Commissioned and developed through A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory.) 







Will Power








Alfredo Rodriguez, Caridad Svich, Dámaso Rodríguez, Lorena Feijoo

Mí Cuba
: Inspired by four artists’ personal experiences defecting from Cuba and making their lives in the United States, Mi Cuba is an evening-length, devised piece that celebrates these artists’ roots, while at the same time, embracing the blending of cultures, artistic media, and life stories.









Mfoniso Udofia

Untitled Ufot Cycle Play
: Mfoniso Udofia continues her epic nine-play Ufot family cycle with a new play for young audiences. This piece follows the third generation of the family, and centers on Kufre, a 14-year-old Nigerian-American boy who has just arrived in Harlem and who must figure out how to fit in. Her Portmanteau, the fourth play in the cycle, was produced at A.C.T. in 2019. 







Anne Washburn

: A new play set in San Francisco during the tumultuous years of 1968–1973. Washburn intends to explore experimental utopian movements of the era, with a particular focus on communal living and psychedelic drug use. 







Lauren Yee

: A co-production with Signature Theater in New York


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