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Who We Are


In honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who relentlessly sought out truth in his work and demanded the same from his collaborators, The American Playwriting Foundation has been established to make annual grants to new American plays.

Artistic Director

David Bar Katz

Literary Manager and Artistic Producer

Anna O'Donoghue

The Relentless Award Ten Minute Picket Plays Selection Committee

Tanya Barfield

Eric Bogosian

Aleshea Harris

Lynn Nottage

2022 Relentless Musical Award Selection Committee

Rachel Bloom

Eric Bogosian

Thomas Bradshaw

Sam Hollander

James Iha

David Javerbaum

David Bar Katz

Stephin Merritt

Lynn Nottage

Brontez Purnell

Jonathan Marc Sherman

Lucy Thurber

Artistic Advisors

Scott Elliott

Robert Falls

Ethan Hawke

Dan Klores

Dominique Morisseau

Gregory Mosher

Austin Pendleton

David Quinn

Sam Rockwell

Yul Vázquez

Founding Chairman of the Board 

Jeffrey Horwitz

The Relentless Award Ten Minute Picket Plays Subcommittee

2022 Relentless Subcommittee
2019 Relentless Subcommittee
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The American Playwriting Foundation supports our sisters and brothers who are relentlessly fighting for justice and equality. #BlackLivesMatter

James Baldwin: 

After all you’re accusing a captive population who’ve been robbed of everything of looting. It’s obscene.


Esquire magazine: 

How can we get the black people to cool it?


James Baldwin: 

It is not for us to cool it.


Esquire magazine:

But aren’t you the ones who are getting hurt the most?


James Baldwin: 

No, we are only the ones who are dying fastest.


—James Baldwin, playwright, novelist, essayist, poet, and activist. July, 1968.

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