Primary Stages
ESPA Drills




ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing staged readings to ESPA playwrights. Each June, four plays are selected from dozens of submissions for development at Primary Stages. They are then cast and presented before an audience of industry peers on an Off-Broadway stage later that summer. ESPA Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages. 


This year’s four Drills writers have been invited to attend a 4-day retreat led by Tessa LaNeve in Dorset, Vermont, where they will be staying at the home of Theresa Rebeck. With generous support by Ms. Rebeck and the Dorset Theater Festival,  the retreat will run from July 31 – August 3.



All writing students of ESPA, past and present, are invited to apply.




The 2014 ESPA Drills Plays:



 by Rachael Jenison

Monday, August 18 at 5:00pm

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A Small History of Amal by Amal, Age 7

 by Lindsay Joelle

Monday, August 18 at 8:00pm

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The Amelia Episodes

by Kat Ramsburg

Tuesday, August 19 at 5:00pm

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Any Day Now

 by Nat Cassidy

Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00pm

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All readings will be held at The Duke on 42nd Street,

located at 229 West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.








The 2013 ESPA Drills Plays:


Keep Calm and Carry On

by Melisa Annis


Unknowing Grace

by Alyssa Biber Colman



by David Hilder


Do Not Leave Unattended

by Jan Rosenberg




The 2012 ESPA Drills Plays:



by Heidi Armbruster



by Siobhan Antonioli


The Horse and Carriage

by Karin Shook


Welcome Home

by Stephen Brown


Click here to read our exclusive interviews with these playwrights. 



2011 ESPA Drills Plays

The Feminism of a Soft Merlot (Or How the Donkey Got Punched)

by Micheline Auger


23.5 Hours by Carey Crim 

Verano Place
by Katie Atcheson


Next Time on Spring Valley by Louise Schwarz


Click here to read our exclusive interviews with these playwrights. 



2010 ESPA Drills Plays


The Green by Kate Tarker


American Drum Circle by Vanessa Shealy


Jersey Intersections by Tina Kolomatsky


In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep by Marin Gazzaniga





Extra Credit Reading Series

Honor Society

Jam Sessions





For more information or with questions, please call 212.840.9705 or email


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An opportunity to familiarize yourself with the challenging, unique, and intriguing work of contemporary local playwrights!

Registration is now available!



All classes take place at
Primary Stages Studios
307 W 38th St, NYC



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At The Duke on 42nd Street

July 29- September 7, 2014