Who We Are

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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

Program Manager

Lynn Spector

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

Jonathan Marc Sherman

Lucy Thurber

Ann Yee

(more to be announced)

Artistic Advisors

Scott Elliott

Robert Falls

Ethan Hawke

Dan Klores

Dominique Morisseau

Gregory Mosher

Austin Pendleton

David Quinn

Yul Vázquez

Founding Chairman of the Board 

Jeffrey Horwitz

2019 Relentless Subcommittee

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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.