Our reading festival was a success with six new works created by our 2022 Fellows. View all six plays for a limited time below.
What astonishes (but given the talent level doesn’t surprise) is “That Woman: The Dance Show” was seamlessly woven together in terms of the choreography and performances. There was no “dip” in either quality or energy throughout the 100-minute, two-act piece. It was moving, entertaining, thrilling, stunning and beautiful to watch. --Evans Donnell, stagecritic.com, Review of That Woman - The Dance Show
"The performances delivered by the actors who breathe life into the women are stunning. No matter how well you think you know each of the actors personally or from previous onstage performances, you will be staggered by their bold and brash performances, the authenticity and honesty each woman brings to the stage will leave you breathless and hoping for more." Jef Ellis, BroadwayWorld Nashville, Review of That Woman - The Monologue Show
That Woman - The Dance Show
TPS 2022 Season begins in June!
is a playwright development lab and theatre production company that was founded in 2018 by Kenley Smith and Molly Breen to offer in-state playwrights the opportunity to develop fresh, incisive scripts that reflect a changing world. In 2019, we broadened our scope to include theatre production of projects developed in Tennessee, and our first World Premiere production was MAIDENS by Kenley Smith. In January of 2021, we formed a partnership between TPS and two of the most productive and dynamic Black-owned theatre companies in Nashville: Destiny Theatre Experience and SistaStyle Productions for collaboration on the production of new works. and educational programs, such as our TPS Talks and TPS Scripts. We are a resident company of the Darkhorse Theater in Nashville, Tennessee.
"The TPS fellowship (in every sense of the word) was a gift. I started the year with a huge stack of pages and no idea whether any of it made sense. Hearing the words read aloud by actors, and hearing feedback from everyone in the room, helped me cut the chaff and revamp the rest. Every deadline was incentive to write, and every meeting gave me a sense of progress and anticipation: I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next in the other Fellows’ plays. It all culminated in the wonderful festival, where we sat back and watched as the most talented directors and actors brought our work to life." -
- Claudia Barnett, 2018 Fellow
TPS stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and is committed to creating opportunities for Black playwrights, actors, directors and other theatre artists. Some Black-Owned Theatre Companies to know in Nashville:
The Destiny Theatre Experience
Tennessee Playwrights Studio is committed to inclusion and a safe, harassment-free work environment.
Playwrights, actors and other theatre artists: Looking for other organizations that help develop and/or produce new works in Nashville? Here are some to check out!
The Destiny Theatre Experience
The Salon at Pipeline Collective
Tandem Troupe at Friends Life Community (adults with disabilities)
The Theater Bug (youth theatre)
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