NewWorks Incubator

Welcome to the NewWorks Incubator!

Our group of actors, writers, directors and mentors combine in an effort to create the best new Asian American plays. We embark on a journey founded on individual talent and collective imagination. For over 35 years, AATC has fostered the creation of dynamic and innovative work that focuses on the Asian American experience. Who will chronicle our stories and dramas for the future? Who else but us?

NewWorks Incubator Overview

The AATC NewWorks Incubator began as an initiative in December 2003 to combine the talents of San Francisco’s best emerging playwrights and actors to create original new plays and to foster a community of artists. Directed by AATC’s former Artistic Director, Sean Lim, and mentored by playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, playwright Jeannie Barroga, and actress Mitzie Abe, the NewWorks Incubator met twice a month to workshop new material and test out new ideas in live readings and exercises. At the end of each six-month cycle, four new plays were born and were presented to the community and investors. Based on the development that occurred during the Incubator program, several of these plays were produced professionally by AATC and other theater houses.

Currently, the program is directed by AATC’s Co-Artistic Director Duy Nguyen. It meets at least once monthly, and consists of readings, writing exercises, improvisation workshops, and research panels, all in the service of the selected playwrights as they perfect their scripts. Staged readings of the program’s works will be presented in three public workshops throughout the year.


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