Audible Announces First Class of Theater Commissions to Receive Support from Its $5 Million Emerging Playwrights Fund

Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the first class of theater commissions selected to receive support from its fund dedicated to the commission and development of innovative English-language works from playwrights around the globe. Announced earlier this year, the $5 million fund will enable the creation of one- and two-person audio plays driven by language and voice, in keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances of brilliantly composed words.

At a time when both playwrights and theater companies increasingly rely upon funding for the arts and ticket prices to live theater soar, Audible seeks to provide a creative home for artists and ideas, supporting established and new playwrights by commissioning works that can be heard by millions of Audible listeners. Audible has selected these grant recipients in collaboration with an advisory board of distinguished talent in the theater world, including Sir Tom Stoppard, Annette Bening, David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, Lynn Nottage, Trip Cullman, Mimi O’Donnell, and Leigh Silverman.

“We are delighted to welcome our first class of talented playwrights to the Audible aesthetic, and look forward to bringing their words in performance to theatergoers along with our millions of listeners,” said Audible founder and CEO Don Katz.

In addition to financial support, Audible will provide the selected playwrights creative and logistical resources including the use of Audible’s workspace, alongside hundreds of employees committed to creating exceptional listening experiences every day. With access to experts in a variety of creative fields, playwrights will enjoy a nurturing environment that inspires and encourages artistic expression with Audible listeners in mind.

“What an incredibly impressive first class of exciting and diverse playwrights to receive commissions from Audible playwright fund!” said Theater Artistic Director Kate Navin. “We look forward to developing and supporting the creation of these works and to bringing them to life both in audio and on stage. Offering these productions on Audible will bring these plays to millions of people as incomparable listening experiences.”

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