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Our Mission

The Dramatists Guild Foundation protects the future of the American theater by nurturing the writers who create it. For over fifty years DGF has helped countless individuals with aid and educational opportunities.


The Dramatists Guild Foundation is a public non profit whose mission is to aid and nurture writers for the American theater, and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country.

The Dramatists Guild Foundation depends heavily on contributions from individuals across the country in order to carry out its mission. Each year, DGF provides emergency grants to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, nurtures ten writers in the development of full-length works, reaches out to the public with educational programming, creates development opportunities for writers at various stages of their careers, and offers a luxurious, salon-style space for writers to use completely free of charge.

In January of 2008, DGF was re-classified as a 501(c)3 public charity, enabling it to expand its reach through new initiatives such as The Legacy Project, a video series that documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed writers and Traveling Masters, a national outreach program bringing revered writers into communities for workshops and masterclasses.

Founded as a private foundation in 1962 by Dramatists Guild President Alan Jay Lerner, DGF is now a standalone nonprofit committed to supporting both Guild members and writers nationwide by providing valuable resources, programs and education. This partnership helps to preserve the craft and protect the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters nationwide. To learn more about the Guild or to become a member, visit


Advisory Board

Lee Adams

Mark Hollmann

Stephen Schwartz

Susan Birkenhead

Tina Howe

Ralph Sevush

Charles Fuller

Arthur Kopit

John Patrick Shanley

Gary Garrison

Donald Margulies

Neil Simon

Joanne Halev

Lynn Nottage

Kara Unterberg

Sheldon Harnick

Polly Pen

John Weidman

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Latest News
  • Meet the Fellows: Sam Salmond

    "I write about outsiders and queer people. I want to tell stories about folks who feel alone, oppressed, or forgotten. I hope I give those people a chance to express their individuality, their sense of humor, their weaknesses, and their brilliance. "

  • Meet the Fellows: Riti Sachdeva

    This is the latest in our Meet the Fellows series, where we introduce you to the current class of DGF Fellows. Each of these writers and writing teams have proven themselves to be leaders of the craft whose work we expect to be enjoying for years to come.

    Since its inception in 2000, the DGF Fellows program has provided a home for more than 160 writers. Over the course of this year-long intensive, composers, lyricists, playwrights and bookwriters work with professional mentors, honing their individual processes while developing a full-length piece. Beneficiaries of this rigorous and highly selective fellowship receive stipends, development opportunities, and a foothold in the industry. Alumni include Anna Ziegler (Actually), Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Academy Award winner, Frozen) among dozens of other vital contemporary theater makers.

  • Meet the Fellows: Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon

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