Why The List?

THE LIST 2017 includes the results of the fourth annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights. It is a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights in the American theater.

How We Made The 2017 List

  • We surveyed 273 influential new play leaders — Artistic Directors, Literary Managers, Professors, Producers, Directors, and Dramaturgs — who had read or seen at least 40 new plays in the past year
  • Each respondent recommended 3 to 5 plays each, identifying a total of 403 plays as among the best un- and underproduced work by woman, trans, and non-binary writers of color they had encountered in the past year
  • THE LIST comprises the top 9% of those plays — the 37 most recommended plays from this survey, which each received between 6 and 28 nominations
  • The Honorable Mentions comprises the top 21% of nominated plays — these 49 plays each received between 3 and 5 nominations
  • To ensure unbiased results, responses were anonymous. All identifying information of recommenders was tracked separately from their recommendations in the survey software
  • The members of The Kilroys did not nominate plays for The List

To be Eligible for The 2017 List, a Play Must:

  • have received one or no professional productions
  • be written by an author who identifies as a woman, trans, or nonbinary writer of color
  • be among the most excellent seen or read by the industry professional within the previous twelve months and
  • not included any of the three previous Lists

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