The cornerstone of NYSAF's annual programming is our summer season, during which professional playwrights, directors, actors, designers and early-career practitioners live and work together in a collaborative artistic environment.  These artists work away from critical and commercial pressures, allowing them to take risks as they explore and develop new projects. 


Summer seasons have included over two dozen projects in June and July, from mainstage productions to workshops and readings. Our celebrated awards, fellowships, and residencies engage dozens of additional artists. We also offer other companies flexible resources to support their developmental needs in the Hudson Valley.

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The Filmmakers' Workshop supports early-career screenwriters and television writers with creative development and intensive professional mentorship, and applies NYSAF’s signature artistic tools to TV and film.


Each year, approximately ten writers benefit from a week-long summer creative residency; one-on-one feedback sessions with 3-4 professional mentors; developmental readings with professional casts; and panel discussions, screenings, and other production discussions, all designed to bring each project closer to completion. Approximately 6 months later, they reconvene in NYC for further project development, mentorship, and networking with the other writers in their cohort and with the industry.

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NYSAF offers flexible, community-driven support to artists throughout the year, adapting our resources to meet the needs of each individual and their process.


NYC Programming: Readings, often presented in collaboration with Barnard College, offer up to a week's worth of development to 5-7 plays and musicals in process. Our Winter Season runs for several weeks in January and February, and emulates signature aspects of NYSAF’s celebrated summer season: a diverse group of professional artists are served by workshops, readings, and residencies that rehearse side-by-side in a rigorous and nurturing environment. All work is presented publicly free of charge and we foster community and collaboration between artistic peers and between artists and audiences.

NYSAF NOW began in 2020 in response to the global pandemic and suspension of in-person gathering and live performance. Through a series of adaptable programs, mentorships, and innovative approaches to storytelling, NYSAF NOW serves the needs of theater and film artists today, continues to foster community, and supports artists through an evolving era of connectivity and creation.

NYSAF NEXUS is a new initiative bringing together twenty innovative artists to participate in a creative think tank that encourages an exploration of form. NYSAF NEXUS invites an opportunity for cross-pollination, creative expression, and new relationships as artists consider story at the intersection of stage and film.