Ars Nova’s Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence receives a salary, health insurance,  office space, retreat and travel opportunities, and dedicated funds for the development of their commissioned play and other projects of their choosing. The residency culminates in the world premiere of their commissioned play Off Broadway. 

Tow Foundation Playwright-In-Residence: RACHEL BONDS



Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Arden and New York Stage & Film, among others.

Her plays include: CURVE OF DEPARTURE, a commission from South Coast Rep; FIVE MILE LAKE, winner of the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger Award from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which received its world premiere at South Coast Rep, directed by Daniella Topol, and its east coast premiere at The McCarter in May 2015, directed by Emily Mann; THE WOLFE TWINS, her commissioned play for Studio Theatre, which received its world premiere in October 2014, directed by Mike Donahue; AT THE OLD PLACE, developed during her 2013 Writer’s Room Residency at The Arden in Philadelphia; SWIMMERS, featured in NY Stage & Film’s 2013 Powerhouse Reading Series and Roundabout Underground’s Reading Series, receiving top ranking on The Kilroys List; REZ, commissioned by MTC & Ars Nova, a musical collaboration with The Bengsons and director Anne Kaufman; ALMA, commissioned by Atlantic Theatre Company; MICHAEL & EDIE, named a NY Times Critic’s Pick in 2010, directed by Robert Saenz de Viteri; WINTER GAMES, winner of the 2014 Heideman Award and part of the Ten Minute Plays at the 2014 Humana Festival; and ANNIVERSARY, produced in EST’s 2010 Marathon of One-Act Plays, winner of the 2012 Sam French Festival and featured on Public Radio’s “Playing on Air.”

Bonds is an Alumna of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group, New Georges’ The Jam and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She was the Fr. William Ralston Fellow at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Bonds has served as a Volunteer at the 52nd Street Project and as a dramaturg for the 2015 Young Playwrights Conference in NYC. She is a graduate of Brown University.

Rachel was recently named the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of SWIMMERS at Marin Theatre Company, directed by Mike Donahue, in March 2016.