Speakers’ Corner

Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, Gingold’s Speakers’ Corner brings together a small group of playwrights who spend one year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text and Shaw’s precepts. Plays may continue their development through a multi-phase process with Gingold.

Phase 1

First year playwrights begin writing new plays culminating in open-rehearsal style staged readings

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Phase 2

Select plays undergo further developmental staged readings and workshops

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Phase 3

Select plays initially generated in Speakers’ Corner receive a full production.

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Gingold only produces new plays developed through the Speakers’ Corner program.

Applications for next season’s Speakers’ Corner will open in October of 2021.


The program’s namesake, Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, was designated as an official safe place where anyone could offer their own beliefs, opinions, and treatises with no fear of arrest. Along with many of his time, Shaw regularly used this location as an opportunity to openly communicate with the general public who may not have been able to afford going to the theatre.

Gingold’s Speakers’ Corner member writers read and discuss a specific play by George Bernard Shaw before responding through targeted writing prompts. The writers’ new works needn’t be commentaries on Shaw or adaptations of Shaw’s work, but original works inspired by the ideas sparked by reading and discussing the initial Shaw play as a cohort. The cohort then spends the remainder of the year expanding these ideas into new plays.

At bi-monthly meetings, writers share their work and receive constructive feedback from one another and from members of Gingold’s artistic staff. The goal, ultimately, is to develop a play that will be fully produced as part of the Gingold future seasons.

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Phase 1 – Writers

First year playwrights begin writing new plays culminating in open-rehearsal style staged readings

  • All
  • SC 2020-21
  • SC 2019-20
  • SC 2018-19
  • SC 2017-18
  • Kate Douglas
    Kate Douglas
  • Aeneas Sagar Hemphill
    Aeneas Sagar Hemphill
  • Divya Mangwani
    Divya Mangwani
  • Marcus Scott
    Marcus Scott
  • Seth McNeill
    Seth McNeill
  • Sophie Sagan-Gutherz
    Sophie Sagan-Gutherz
  • Karina Billini
    Karina Billini
  • Andy J. Boyd
    Andy J. Boyd
  • Penny Jackson
    Penny Jackson
  • Stefani Kuo
    Stefani Kuo
  • Erica Mann
    Erica Mann
  • Frank Murdocco
    Frank Murdocco
  • Lorenzo Roberts
    Lorenzo Roberts
  • John Socas
    John Socas
  • Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
    Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
  • Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
    Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
  • Sarah Rose Kearns
    Sarah Rose Kearns
  • Peter Macklin
    Peter Macklin
  • Nikhil Mahapatra
    Nikhil Mahapatra
  • Nora Brigid Monahan
    Nora Brigid Monahan
  • Mallory Jane Weiss
    Mallory Jane Weiss
  • Julissa Contreras
    Julissa Contreras
  • Emily Daly
    Emily Daly
  • Xavier Galva
    Xavier Galva
  • Nick Gandiello
    Nick Gandiello
  • Hank H. Kim
    Hank H. Kim
  • James Presson
    James Presson
  • David Zheng
    David Zheng
  • Ren Dara Santiago
    Ren Dara Santiago

Phase 2 – Development History

Select plays undergo further developmental staged readings and workshops

Phase 3 – Production History

Plays receive full production with Gingold

We fully expect to execute Speaker’s Corner productions soon!

“The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.”