The first production of The 24 Hour Plays® took place in Manhattan's Lower East Side October of 1995. Inspired by Scott McCloud's 24 Hour Comics (comic books composed in a single day), creator Tina Fallon originally intended for the project to be a one-time-only event.
Eighteen years and more than five hundred plays later, The 24 Hour Plays® have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and Greece. This success has led to collaborations with organizations like Urban Arts Partnership, The Old Vic, and Dublin Youth Theater to produce celebrity shows that benefit a variety of worthy educational causes.
In 1997, after obtaining a trademark, The 24 Hour Plays® began licensing the The 24 Hour Plays® name, process, production handbook, and logos to various organizations around the globe. Licensed affiliates have produced their own 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, as well as colleges and universities, across the US.
Today our flagship programs are run by original founders Lindsay Bowen, Tina Fallon, Kurt Gardner, Philip Naudé, and producing members Kelcie Beene, Sarah Bisman, and Lou Moreno.