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.
"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:
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 Theater Bug (youth theatre)