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New Works

Celebrating a Decade of Nurturing the New

Weston’s nationally respected New Works Programs reflect a commitment to the responsible development of new plays and musicals in our unique and supportive rural setting. Programs include an annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award, Artists Retreat, workshops and full productions, regional and world premieres. Last year, the company opened Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, a stunning Center for the Arts designed for production and play development.


Weston New Works Programs have been supported in part by the Ewen Fort Stettler Fund for the American Theatre; 321 Theatrical Management; the Anton Family Foundation; the Araca Group; Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; Dramatic Publishing; Samuel French, Inc.; the Frederick Loewe Foundation; Stacey Mindich Productions LLC; Music Theatre International; the National Alliance for Musical Theatre/Fund for New Musicals; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation; the Shen Family Foundation; the Shubert Foundation; Tams-Witmark Music Library; Theatrical Rights Worldwide; and many generous individuals.

Capital Projects

The Weston Playhouse Theatre owns and is developing the 5-acre Walker farmstead at the northern edge of the village of Weston into a year-round campus for play development, opening its new flexible Second Stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, in September 2017.

Submission Policy

We regret that limited resources do not allow us to consider unsolicited manuscripts at this time.

Vermont Young Playwrights

See Weston Education Programs for information about Vermont Young Playwrights, our Playwriting in the Schools project, produced in collaboration with the Flynn Center and Vermont Stage, and supported in part by the Bay & Paul Foundation and by Creative Connections Arts Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. For information, contact Artistic Associate/Education Coordinator Rachel Liff at or 802-824-8167 x104.


For further information about Weston New Works Programs, contact Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert at or 802-824-8167 x102.

  • Artist Retreats

    A group of individual and collaborating artists spend an all-expenses paid week in Vermont, working on their newest or latest projects.

  • Workshops

    Invited artists, ensembles or companies rehearse, develop and perform a work in progress with bare bones technical support in Vermont and NYC.

  • New Musical Award

    A national competition supports the creation of a free professional demo CD of a new, full-length musical, supported by concerts in Vermont and New York.