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Only 80 miles from Manhattan, the Hamptons have been a theatre enclave for over a century. From John Drew and Ethel Barrymore up through Arthur Miller and Edward Albee, the East End has played the part of respite and inspiration to some of the most influential artists in American Theatre. Tennessee Williams summered here and lived in our historic campus windmill where he wrote a play.

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Building on that tradition, we’ve gathered some of the greatest working theatre artists in their fields to lead 5-day playwriting workshops and 11-day script development labs. Even better, we’ve done it on an 82-acre campus with ocean views.

Previous conference faculty and visiting artists include  David Adjmi, Edward Albee, Alan Alda,  Julie Andrews, Leslie Ayvazian, Jon Robin Baitz, Alec Baldwin, Annie Baker, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Carden, Rinde Eckert, Halley Feiffer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Jack Hofsiss, Abigail Katz, Craig Lucas, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Nick Mangano, Joe Mantello, Kathleen Marshall, Marsha Norman, Austin Pendleton, Mercedes Ruehl, Anne Runolfsson, John Patrick Shanley, Lanford Wilson  and  Mark Wing-Davey.

Playwriting Workshop with Lucas Hnath - July 18-22, 2018



Edward Albee


Emily Mann


John Patrick Shanley


Mercedes Ruehl and Nick Mangano