Stephen Palgon (left) and Tony Howarth (right)
reading from Brian Quirk's
Crash, Part II at the New Works in
New York Reading Series
Playwright and actor Brian Quirk
preparing to read a role
at the New Works in
New York Reading Series



Axial Playwrights - Our Play Development Program

Howard Meyer's Playwriting Course

Who is Axial Theatre

Axial Theatre is a community of collaborators. It is made up of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who are dedicated to working together to create original theatre. We are a community committed to the process of developing new plays through workshops, stage readings, and fully staged productions.

The Writers' Workshop

Two Sundays every month, Axial meets with company and guest playwrights. Actors read scenes from the plays under development and the group offers a critique of the work, focusing on what each playwright is trying to achieve. The process involves an ongoing commitment by the whole group to the work of each playwright, so that everyone is aware of where each play is headed and where it is in the development process.

Where and When

5 – 7:15 pm and every other Sunday. Email us before you come to confirm that we are meeting. Meetings are at Axial's new home:

St. John's Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, NY

For our New York City-based playwrights and actors, this involves an easy train ride from Grand Central Station to Pleasantville on the Harlem Line.


Over the past five seasons all of our plays have been come through this reading series. It is Axial’s ambition to produce or workshop plays developed in the development series.

Who Are the Playwrights

Membership is limited to ten playwrights. Whenever vacancies occur, Axial will invite new playwrights to join the program. Playwrights interested in participating are invited to e-mail a 10 to 15-page writing sample to and -- please include contact information.