We are thrilled to announce that Jeff Augustin is Roundabout’s 2014 Playwright-in-Residence. This position, provided by a generous grant from the Tow Foundation, allows Jeff to spend a year with the company in which he will see his work produced at Roundabout Underground; he will write a newly-commissioned play for Roundabout; and he will develop other projects under our roof. During the year of his residency, Jeff will receive a monthly stipend to cover the cost of living in New York City and the purchase of health insurance from the New York State exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. He will also be invited to attend all Roundabout shows and play readings during this residency and will receive an additional stipend to purchase tickets to shows being produced outside of Roundabout. Finally, he will receive financial support to cover expenses for research relating to his play and travel to attend theatre industry conferences and seminars. Essentially, he will have the ability to be a full-time playwright.
During the course of the residency, Jeff will meet on a quarterly basis with Artistic Director Todd Haimes and on a monthly basis with Artistic Consultant Robyn Goodman and Literary Manager Jill Rafson to discuss the development of his work. He will also receive three developmental readings of plays with a director and actors. One of these three readings will be staged in either the 740-seat American Airlines Theatre or 424-seat Laura Pels Theatre for Roundabout patrons and other invited guests. Receiving audience feedback is very beneficial for playwrights and greatly aids the play development process.
Most importantly, Jeff will receive a fully-staged Roundabout Underground production of his play. This production will give Jeff the opportunity to have his work reviewed by highly respected New York theatre critics and have his play seen by up to 5,200 theatre-goers during the course of the play’s 10 ½ week run.
In addition to the benefits to Jeff, the residency helps to advance Roundabout’s role as a key developer of new works and allows the company to form deeper links with the next generation of American playwrights. Roundabout believes it is critically important to support theatre artists at all steps of the creative process, from the page to the stage. Since expanding its mission to include producing new works in 1995, Roundabout has commissioned 34 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of over 134 new plays and musicals, produced 8 Roundabout Underground shows and 57 mainstage productions of new works, and employed over 5,000 artists.
Learn more about our New Play Initiative.