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Nan Barnett

Nan Barnett is an advocate for theater-makers and the theater they make.  She is the Executive Director of National New Play Network, an alliance of more than 100 theaters with a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays, and a focus on the innovation and implementation of new forms of communication and collaboration for the new play field. She is a recovering actor and LORT Managing Director, and is the  Coordinating Producer for International Women’s Voices Day and the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in the Washington, DC region, where she currently resides.

Networks and New Works
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Networks and New Works

NNPN Turns Twenty

16 January 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of its founding, Nan Barnett reflects on the National New Play Network’s growth, and discusses the organization’s impact.

Doers Gonna Do—National New Play Network & the New Play Exchange
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Doers Gonna Do—National New Play Network & the New Play Exchange

15 January 2015

National New Play Network launches the New Play Exchange, a crowd-sourced, open-access database of plays, playwrights, and producers. Nan Barnett shares what she hopes it can achieve.

One of Those People
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One of Those People

26 September 2011

After 24 years, Florida Stage — one of the largest LORT theatres dedicated to new and developing works — filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Nancy Barnett, who served as Managing Director, reflects on how the company  fell in the wake of the 2007-2008 economic recession.