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 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 www.dramatistsguild.com.


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

356 W 40th St, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212) 391-8384
Email: info@dgf.org
Latest News
  • DGF Announces the Inaugural Recipients of the Writers Alliance Grants

    The Dramatists Guild Foundation is thrilled to announce 10 writers and 10 nonprofit theaters as the inaugural recipients of the DGF Writers Alliance Grants. These Grants provide $5,000 to a theater’s production of a new work, and another $5,000 directly to the writer(s) being produced. 

  • DGF Named one of Playbill’s 21 Theater-Related Charities to Donate to on #GivingTuesday

    Dramatists Guild Foundation

    For over 50 years, the Dramatists Guild Foundation has supported playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters to, in turn, support the creation of new work for the American theater. Through Traveling Masters, DGF provides free writing classes and workshops around the country; through Fellows, up-and-coming writers gain professional experience and forge relationships with seasoned mentors; the Music Hall provides free space and equipment for writing; and grants fund writers and their projects. Alumni of the Foundation’s many programs include Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, and many more.

  • DGF Elects New Vice President Kevin Hager

    The Dramatists Guild Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce it has just elected Kevin Hager to be its new Vice President. Mr. Hager is the Managing Director of Understood.org and Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).

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