Playwrights’ Collective

As a production company devoted to only producing new works, NWT is committed to creating a new work development program that works with playwrights through all phases of their play development. This collective process includes helping to nurture new ideas, provide peer reviews, readings, staged readings, and eventually first productions. In all, we are creating a page to stage program that goes from inception to opening night, and beyond.


About our playwrights…

(photo by Jane Button Photography)

Donald Tongue (resume) is a New England playwright with four published plays to his credit.  His most produced work, Void, has been produced in Boston and Los Angeles.  School Portrait Monologues was produced in New Zealand. Fishbowl was part of the 2010 short play festival in New York City at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, where it was held over for an extended run.  My Neighbor, the Poet, a play about Robert Frost, was commissioned and produced by theatre KAPOW in October 2010. A Time, Twice Upon, was developed as part of a playwrights’ collaborative sponsored by theatre KAPOW. Scene Changes was a featured work in the Page to Stage Encore production, Concord NH, produced at the Firehouse Center for the Arts 2012 New Works Festival, Newburyport MA, and produced at the Leddy Center for their 2015 Showcase Production series, Epping NH. Candid Candidate was produced at the Leddy Center for their 2016 Showcase Production series, Epping NH, and was later produced in October 2016 at the Hatbox Theatre, Concord NH. The Truth Will Spring Yuh was produced at the 2014 NHCTA Festival, Concord NH, and received its premiere full production in April 2017 at the Hatbox Theatre, Concord NH.Donald is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and founder and Managing Director of New World Theater.

William Ivers is a teacher and writer whose work has been featured in various publications, including the Plaidswede Pulp Fiction Anthology, specifically in the Western and Fantasy genres. His play, An Unexamined Life, was recently announced as a finalist for the Nor’Eastern Playwriting Contest, and The Final Reel, coauthored with Walter Freeman, enjoyed a successful run in Nashua, NH. An avid musician, he has released multiple recording projects and continues to write and perform music. After self-publishing a children’s book for his son, William is now working his first novel. William is a founding member of New World Theatre’s Playwrights’ Collective.

Walter Freeman is a teacher, freelance writer, and drama director who has been working in school and community theater for over three decades. His original play The Final Reel, co-authored with William Ivers and his adaptation of Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus have both been produced in Nashua NH. He has published poems in the Cube literary magazine, written a collection of short stories and a novel on The Trojan War. His short story The Last Tree on the Planet won second place in the Pennsylvania Manuscript Contest. He has also authored study guides for William Golding’s Lord of the Flies for MaxNotes, and Elie Wiesel’s Night and Michael Shaara’s The Last Full Measure for Random House. Walter is a founding member of New World Theatre’s Playwrights’ Collective.

“Theater is art and art is life. I believe that theater is a powerful educational experience that endues lifelong skills into its participants. Theater provides students with a collaborative creative experience that emphasizes, utilizes, and reinforces real world, lifelong skills. There is no better tool for hands-on learning that pushes and inspires students to accomplish more than they thought possible. A school, community, or collective cannot provide enough of these cultural opportunities. To do so is invaluable, enriching, and noble.”

Eugenie Carabatsos‘s plays have won the Kennedy Center Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Contest, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Writing Competition, the Venus Theatre Festival, and the University of Tulsa’s WomenWorks Competition. They have been produced by Trustus Theatre, Stages Theatre, 2cents Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, and South Park Theatre, as well as in a number of festivals and development programs including the Great Plains Theater Conference. She graduated with her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010.