August, 2018
Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays partners with the New School for Drama to bring together the best 25-and-under actors, directors, playwrights and producers for an intensive professional experience.

The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals present an opportunity for young artists to meet their peers and begin building the relationships that will serve them throughout their careers. We seek the very best of the next generation of theatermakers and we arm them with what they need in order to find their way in this business. In August 2018: the next group will come together for a series of intensive workshops, panel discussions, and finally, a production of The 24 Hour Plays.

Previous Nationals have featured discussions with Claire Danes, Rachel Dratch, Aasif Mandvi, Warren Leight, Thomas Kail, Leigh Silverman, Denis O’Hare, Annie Baker, Karen Kohlhaas, Lucy Thurber, Kristoffer Diaz, Liesl Tommy, Lucas Hnath, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Douglas, Bruce Norris, Austin Pendleton, Lou Moreno and many other stage and screen professionals.

This four-day intensive is brought to participants completely free by The 24 Hour Plays and supporting sponsors. Interested in learning more about how to keep this program thriving? Support us here.

The 24 Hour Plays celebrates the diversity of the theatrical field and seeks to make the application process equitable for every young artist. We actively encourage artists of all races, ethnicities, creeds, classes, abilities, genders, identities, affiliations, and orientations to apply for this program. If you have any accessibility concerns, regarding either the application or the program, please email so that we can make the necessary accommodations.

DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED: All applications must be completed by April 23rd (by 11:59 PM) to be considered.
Callbacks will take place in NYC May 1st-3rd and in Los Angeles May 5th.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18-25 on August 20th, 2018. You cannot participate in the program more than once (but you may submit multiple applications in one year if you’d like to be considered for more than one role.) If you have any questions, please contact Hope Chavez at

Click the category for which you are applying to start your application.


Alumni of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are everywhere in the entertainment industry, on and off Broadway, in television and film, in the leadership of theaters here and abroad. Past participants include playwrights Bekah Brunstetter, Kim Davies, Olivia Dufault, Laura Jacqmin, Mike Lew, Korde Tuttle, Celine Song; actors Pico Alexander, Satya Babha, Bobby Moreno, Coral Peña, Zoe Perry, Will Rogers, Brandon Scott, Chris Smith and Chelsea Spack; producers Shariffa Ali, Kelcie Beene, Rachel Helson, and Carly Hugo; and directors James Dacre, Colette Robert, and Laura Savia.


The 2017 Nationals company, under the leadership of artistic producer Patti Anne Miller and managing producer Hope Chavez, included actors Stephan Amenta, Vanessa Bretas, Peter Danelski, Isra Elsalihie, Michael Fell, Kaitlyn Figueroa, Katherine George, Cassie Gilling, Ashley Taylor Greaves, Mason Hensley, Louis Jannuzzi III, Aaron Johnson, Kevin Kantor, Alice Kors, Trevor Liu, Marshall Louise, Constantine Malahias, Chris Murphy, Ilia Paulino, Simone Policano, Patrick Reilly, Evelyn Rivera-Cadenas, and Makaela Shealy; directors Allison Benko, Lyndsay Burch, Gineiris Garcia, Nailah Harper-Malveaux, Nick O’Leary, and Jenna Rossman; playwrights Jordan Barsky, Alexis Payne, Anya Richkind, Andrew Rincon, Shara Feit, and Jess Honovich; and producers Coleman Clark, Sarah Hinz, Madelyn Paquette, Sophia Smith, and Patrick Surillo.