Author: nymadness

Madness: is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of emerging playwrights. Each night has a Theme which is decided on by the Producing Playwright. The Theme is given out a week before the event and then the collective works by all the writers in an evening kaleidoscope that cultural moment. It is a snapshot of a particular time, reflected in an immediate way, from our unique perspective. Not only is Madness for emerging writers to have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with a live audience, but it is a forum for all writers to explore the boundaries of modern theater.

Thank you to all our MadHatter Supporters! 

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Save the Date for our Season Launch

 Sunday Sept 21st 8pm


With Featured Guest

Chisa Hutchinson at The COW Theater

21 Clinton Street, NYC 

The Season Launch lineup of writers will include
Cecilia Copeland* Artistic Director

Judith Leora* Managing Director
Shaun Bennet Fountleroy
Jeffrey James Keyes
Jerry Polner
and more TBA
*Denotes Founding Member

The Full List of
Season 5
Featured Guests…

Chisa Hutchinson

New York NeoFuturists, Blue Man Group, Partial Comfort, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, New Dramatists Member

Nat Cassidy 

LaMaMa ETC, Lincoln Center, The Cherry Lane, The Public Theater, The Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, The Kennedy Center, NYIT Award Winner, Indie Theatre Now Person of the Year

Vanessa Hidary 

Def Poetry Jam HBO, Tribeca Film Festival, LAByrinth Theatre, SoloNOVA, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Hip Hop Theatre Festival

Winter Miller

13P, The Gun Control Plays, The Public, The Cherry Lane, Sundance Institute, The Goodman, Theater J, Rattlestick, New Georges, Playwrights Center

Tony Glazer

Choice Films/Theatricals, Prism Award Recipient, Soho Int Film Fest, Williamstown Theatre Festival, L.Arnold Weissberger Award Recipient, DR2, The Chain Theatre, New Jersey Rep, RedRum


Is About To Happen… And We Need Your Help!

DONATE NOW! Be A part of the Madness!


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We’ve got big plans for this year. As we launch our fundraising campaign for this year, we have a couple favors to ask:  Will you help us make Season Five possible by making a donation today?  


Now, please help us spread the word.  Every time you Share/Tweet/Email about NYM’s campaign, you help get us closer to our goal!


Read more about Season 5 and make your tax-deductible donation here

You can make help us bring another 40+ world-premiere scripts to life this coming season. Thank you for any help you can give us! You make our work possible. We hope to see you at the theater!

It’s the end of the season….. THANK YOU!

Season Four was a Huge Success

We couldn’t have done it without you! 


We produced 6 packed events @:

The Cherry Lane Theatre
T.Schreiber Theatre
IATI Theater
Ensemble Studios Theater

and The Peter Jay Sharp Theater 

Thank you to our Season Four Featured Guests!  

Erik Ehn
Caridad Svich
August Schulenburg
Mia Chung
Jenny Lyn Bader
David Bar Katz

Season Four Included:

49 #Newplays
40 #Directors
41 #Playwrights
111 #Actors
2 #NewSongs 

We also founded the NYMActingCompany

with our amazing Head of Acting Anna Van Valin

When people ask what was funny in 2013-2014, what was touching and important, what were the theatrical innovations just starting to happen?
“Work created in Season Four of NYMadness” is the answer for nearly 200 Artists.

Thank you for being a part of it and making it happen! 

Last Madness of the 2013-2014 Season!

You’re Invited to 

New York Madness! 
Featured Guest Playwright

David Bar Katz


Tony Nominee, LAByrinth Theatre Co
Emmy Nominee, FOX, HBO, Sundance

Monday, May 12th, 8:00pm
The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

416 West 42nd Street

This is the Last Madness in our Fourth Season.
Don’t miss it! 

NYMadness Writers:
David Bar Katz (Featured Guest)
Cecilia Copeland
Libby Emmons
Judith Leora
Michael Panes
Michael Puzzo
Abby Rosenbock
and introducing
Morris Akiba Katz

Director and Cast List
Announced Soon!

Free/$5 Suggested Donation


You’re Invited to

New York Madness!

with Guest Playwright

Jenny Lyn Bader

Sunday, April 6th
8:00pm at
Cherry Lane Theatre 
38 Commerce Street, NYC

This month’s Madness writers:

Jenny Lyn Bader
Cecilia Copeland
J.Stephen Brantley
Brett Epstein
Penny Jackson
Dan McCabe
Jerry Polner
Full Director and Cast list coming soon.

Free/$5 Suggested Donation

You’re Invited to 

Double Rhyming Madness! 

with Guest Playwright
Mia Chung

Sunday, March 9th at 8:00pm!
at TheaterLab
357 West 36th St.
(3rd floor bet 5th/6th Ave)

This month’s Madness writers:
Mia Chung
Judith Leora
Tanya Everett
Chris Van Strander
Tori Keenan-Zelt
Stephanie Swirsky
Greg Aldrich

Free/$5 Suggested Donation

Includes New York Madness Acting Company:  Anna Van Valin (Head of NYM Acting Company), Tonia E. AndersonDinah BerkleyJosh BywaterJody ChristophersonA.L. GaipaNic GrelliHoma HynesAnna LaMadridMichael MarkhamLauren McCuneDiana OhMaria PeyramaureStacey RaymondJoel StiglianoWilliam Oliver WatkinsMarissa WolfGregory Wool

January 12, 2014 @ EST

You’re Invited to  

Identity at the Intersections

New York Madness! 

 with Guest Playwright

August Schulenburg

(Flux Theatre Ensemble)

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Sunday, January 12th at 8:00pm!

at Ensemble Studio Theatre
549 West 52nd St.


Free/$5 Suggested Donation

This month’s Madness writers:

August Schulenburg

Nic Grelli

Micheline Auger

Cecilia Copeland (Artistic Director)

Cara Jane Francis

Judith Leora (Managing Director)

Ryan Dowler

David Hilder

Alexis Roblan 

Includes New York Madness Acting Company:  Anna Van Valin (Head of NYM Acting Company), Tonia E. AndersonDinah BerkleyJosh BywaterJody ChristophersonA.L. GaipaNic GrelliHoma HynesAnna LaMadridMichael MarkhamLauren McCuneDiana OhMaria PeyramaureStacey RaymondJoel StiglianoWilliam Oliver WatkinsMarissa WolfGregory Wool


With Special Guests 
Greencard Wedding!

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NYMACo Member Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos
a 4 Star Time Out New York Critic’s Pick!
Opening for NYMadness!

Special Announcement! 
NYMadness Artistic Director Cecilia Copeland
Named a “Person of the Year” by Indie Theater Now!

Also named a “Person of the Year”
NYMACo Member Diana Oh
and NYM Artist J.Stephen Brantley!

“Indie Theater Now proudly presents the 10th annual People Of The Year. These 15 artists represent the cream of contemporary independent theater. All of them have contributed in multiple ways to the diversity and vitality of NYC theater in the past 12 months. These artists are chosen by nominations from NYTE’s contributors and selected by the Board of NYTE.”

NYMadness as a company, our artists, and our community share this honor!  

We celebrate the recognition and Thank You to all of our contributors for helping