New York Stage and Film has always operated with artist-focused flexibility, shaping our resources and opportunities to meet projects along their respective trajectories. As we presently confront an unprecedented global health crisis, NYSAF remains committed to effectively serving our community of storytellers. 

In order to protect the safety of our artists, staff, Training Company and community partners, we have determined in collaboration with our partners at Vassar College to postpone the summer Powerhouse Season until 2021. Read more here.


NYSAF NOW is our response to a continued need to connect and share -- a flexible set of resources and programs to serve the needs of theater and film artists today, to remain a community, and to support artists through these uncertain times.


Announcing the 10th Anniversary Founders' Award and Inaugural Pfaelzer Award Recipients

Founders' Award 

The Founders' Award provides financial support and administrative resources for a summer residency, as well as access to the NYSAF artist community. On the 10th anniversary of the award in 2020, NYSAF is expanding its scope to provide financial and administrative support for a project for which the recipient will be the sole curatorial voice.  Learn about recipient Kirya Traber's projects and all participants here.


Founders' Award Recipient

The Pfaelzer Award

The Pfaelzer Award was created in honor of Johanna Pfaelzer's twenty-year commitment to nurturing artists and their developing stories at NYSAF. The recipient receives artistic and administrative support for projects of their choosing throughout the year, culminating in a residency during NYSAF's summer season, with developmental activity that best supports the artist and their work.  Learn about recipient Estefanía Fadul's projects and all participants here.


Pfaelzer Award Recipient



NYSAF NOW continues our year-round support of works in development through custom workshops, curated readings, and one-on-one conversations around new plays, musicals and storytelling

Virtual Workshops

bespoke virtual processes that assemble creative teams and engage targeted conversations in direct response to the project's needs

Mentor Sessions

storytellers meet with a mentor who gives them feedback based on a specific area of focus or set of questions

Flexible Responses

as theatrical storytelling adapts to virtual spaces and new mediums, so do our resources; expanding the possibility for creation and connection


Bios & Project Blurbs


providing deep engagement, script development, and tailored support to early-career screenwriters

The Filmmakers' Workshop

serves a specially curated group of film and TV writers each year. We focus on fresh, ambitious work and prepare writers for success in a competitive industry. 


Our tailored, process-oriented approach mirrors our celebrated development of new plays and musicals. This year, the program has been redesigned as a virtual workshop to provide even deeper engagement and creative solutions, and for early-career screenwriters and TV writers during a time of uncertainty.


Bios & Project Blurbs


virtual meetings that foster togetherness, further discussion, and pool resources for today's unique challenges

Ghost Light Happy Hour

monthly gatherings for alumni from the entire NYSAF community: artists, staff, interns, Training Company, etc., as well as members from all corners of the industry are welcome to join us for casual conversation, social interaction, and an opportunity to connect

Note: Ghost Light Happy Hour is on summer hiatus and will return in the fall. We look forward to seeing you then!

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