EMG Playwriting Group

The EMG Playwriting Workshop is proudly celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2019! The Playwriting Workshop was founded in January, 2004 by playwright Elana Gartner. Its purpose is to foster a creative and supportive community of playwrights. We meet once a week, on Mondays, from 6:30-8pm, in the living rooms of members, and read aloud short scenes of members' new work, then provide constructive criticism for each other.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Elana by e-mail; send a short cover letter and two short samples of your work as a playwright.
Application requirements:
  • must be over 21
  • must live in NYC or be able to commute to NYC weekly
  • must be a playwright or have written at least one play
  • must be available to attend meetings on Monday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm regularly

  • Q: Do you accept screenwriters or TV writers into your group?
    A: If they have written a play and are interested in developing stage scripts in the group, yes. If they are only interested in writing screenplays or TV scripts moving forward, no.
  • Q: Does your group do performances?
    A: We have performed together in festivals and may perform together in the future.
  • Q: How did the playwrights in the group find out about it?
    A: Through postings on college listservs, theater listservs, and through friends.
  • Q: Are most of the members from New York City?
    A: No. We hail from Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
  • Q: Can directors attend monthly sessions?
    A: We have traditionally not had directors attend monthly sessions. But it is up to the discretion of the playwright whose work is being read.


Once a month one member may present a full piece, and may bring in performers to better realize his or her work. We most often cast from a pool of actors who we already know, but if you are interested in being considered for future readings, please e-mail headshots and resumes Here.