About the Writers Retreat

Every year TheatreWorks hosts writers’ retreats to provide our family of artists the much-needed time, space, and resources to refine the next draft of their new play or musical. Since our founding in 1970, TheatreWorks has been committed to the creation of new works for the stage. In 2000, this commitment was both strengthened and formalized with the establishment of our New Works Initiative, which has now contributed to the development of scores of new plays and musicals, earning national recognition and acclaim for the company and our new works program.


How do you hold onto normal when life is anything but? Set in upstate New York during the Iraq War, this intimate, stunning, and heart-wrenching new musical tells the story of losing everything and living anyway; of a girl who hits rock bottom, finds her mom there, and begins to grow up. Full of humor, hope, grief, and sheer teenage joy, Alice Bliss presents a warm and compassionate exploration of an often-overlooked part of contemporary life through beautiful music and bold new storytelling.

Past Retreats

Interested in past projects? TheatreWorks has hosted a Writers' Retreat each year since 2010 and they're all listed here.