The ShadowCatcher Play Commissioning Project (SPCP) is a new initiative that reflects our company’s commitment to championing exceptional writers, the craft of playwriting, and the development of new work for the American stage. 

Each year ShadowCatcher independently identifies and provides financial and dramaturgical support to playwrights specifically for the creation of original, full-length plays with no restrictions on style or subject matter, but which broadly reflect the following priorities:

PLAYS THAT UPLIFT: We are interested in plays that explore a wide range of topics, including dark and complex subject matter, but always with an ultimately redemptive and hopeful message. We don’t endorse prudishness, false optimism or oversimplification of complicated issues, but we want to promote stories that are empathetic, inspiring, and engender a feeling of positivity about our potential as human beings and the world we live in.

PLAYS THAT CHALLENGE AND SURPRISE: We like plays that are adventurous in form and content – bold, unfamiliar stories from fresh and distinctive voices capable of shedding a uniquely personal light on universal themes, offering us new ways of seeing and understanding the world and ourselves. 

PLAYS THAT CELEBRATE THEATRICALITY AND THE LIVE EXPERIENCE: While we appreciate conventionally structured and traditional, language-based work, we are especially drawn to plays sparked by a multidisciplinary theatricality that appeals to all the senses and fully embraces the unique and diverse riches of the medium. 

The ShadowCatcher Play Commissioning Project seeks to support playwrights of all ages and levels of professional achievement, although we are particularly interested in early/mid-career and emerging writers and those who bring original and underrepresented perspectives to their work. 

For more information about the ShadowCatcher Play Commissioning Project please email Literary Manager Thomas Park at

Although inquiries are welcome, please note that ShadowCatcher does not accept unsolicited materials from writers or their representatives at this time.




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ShadowCatcher's latest commission is an original work by Jessica Dickey whose play The Rembrandt is currently enjoying a sold-out run at  Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. We look forward to developing work together that reflects our mutual desire to tell great human stories full of humor and heart. To see Jessica’s full bio click here. For tickets and more info on The Rembrandt click here


Executive Producer, David Skinner, and Literary Manager, Thomas Park, are proud to announce ShadowCatcher’s commission of a new work from award-winning playwright, Rogelio Martinez.

Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the US and abroad.  His newest play, Blind Date, will be produced this coming season at the Goodman Theater under the direction of Robert Falls. To see Rogelio’s full bio click here.