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.

APPLICATIONS for Nationals 2020 playwrights, directors, actors, producers and composers are now open and are due by March 15th (11:59 PM.) Apply below.


We seek the very best of the next generation of actors, writers, composers, directors and producers, and arm them with what they need to find their way in this business.

Over the course of the four-day intensive, Nationals participants engage in new play development workshops, panel discussions and artistic labs that culminate in The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, presented in an off-Broadway theater.

The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are made completely free to participants by The 24 Hour Plays and supporting sponsors.


Previous Nationals have featured panel discussions with Annie Baker, Jocelyn Bioh, Renee Blinkwolt, Michael Chernus, Claire Danes, Kristoffer Diaz, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Douglas, Rachel Dratch, Joel Marsh Garland, Lucas Hnath, Julia Jordan, Thomas Kail, Karen Kohlhaas, Warren Leight, Aasif Mandvi, Lou Moreno, Bruce Norris, Denis O’Hare, A. Rey Pamatmat, Austin Pendleton, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Max Posner, Adam Rapp, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Christopher Shinn, Leigh Silverman, Lucy Thurber, Liesl Tommy and many other stage and screen professionals.



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, Dave Harris, Lily Padilla, 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 Taylor Reynolds, Colette Robert, Laura Savia and James Dacre.


Applications for Nationals 2020 are due by March 15th (11:59 PM.) 

Writers, directors, actors, composers and producers ages 18-25 are welcome to apply. The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are offered completely free to all participants thanks to the generousity of our donors and sponsors. Transportation and housing not provided.

Exact program dates coming soon. (Nationals usually falls in August before most major universities start their fall semester.)

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 [email protected] so that we can make the necessary accommodations.


Applicants may apply for multiple concentrations (i.e. as an actor, a director, and producer) but may NOT be accepted in multiple tracks nor participate in the program more than once. Applicants who were not accepted in previous years are welcome to apply again as long as they are within the required age range.

Click a concentration link above to be taken to the application.

The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are presented in collaboration with the School of Drama at The New School.