Our Mission

Fresh Ink Theatre Company is committed to developing new work with theatre artists in the New England area. We seek to empower writers with the tools to craft plays that showcase their creative vision, and we challenge the Boston community to engage in the evolution of dynamic new work as it transforms from first draft to first production, and beyond.

We value artistic excellence, institutional transparency, community involvement and ongoing collaboration.

Playwright Jess Foster participating in Scriptpocalypse at the 2014/2015 Season Launch Party

Playwright Jess Foster participating in Scriptpocalypse at the 2014/2015 Season Launch Party

Working on a Fresh Ink production means the title of ‘collaborator’ is bestowed upon me instead of ‘actor.’ Having this level of influence on the development of a new play has exponentially increased my appreciation for the many individuals and steps involved.
— Omar Robinson
 
 
Fresh Ink is a Boston playwright’s dream. No other local company takes scripts through the complete process—from reading to workshop to production, supporting and nurturing writers every step of the way. As the first lucky playwright to get the entire Fresh Ink treatment, I saw my work from every angle, got to play and experiment and try out changes—all with a crack team of talented, fun, and caring artists dedicated to making the best theater we can.
— Ginger Lazarus
Director Rebecca Bradshaw, Playwright Pat Gabridge, and actors Bob Mussett and Chris Larson workshop Fire On Earth, 2013.

Director Rebecca Bradshaw, Playwright Pat Gabridge, and actors Bob Mussett and Chris Larson workshop Fire On Earth, 2013.

 
Dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski and playwright Lila Rose Kaplan in 123 rehearsal, 2014.

Dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski and playwright Lila Rose Kaplan in 123 rehearsal, 2014.

I have had the privilege of working with Fresh Ink as both an actor and a playwright, and I can say from both perspectives that they approach their work in a unique way. They do not treat new work as charity, and the playwright is not considered lucky to even get a production out of them. They respect the playwright and the work. Fresh Ink has a unique sense of fun and play mixed with a high level of professionalism and that is what makes the team so great to work with.
— Emily Kaye Lazzaro

Our Story

Fresh Ink Theatre provides an avenue for the development of new work on the Boston small theatre scene in a collaborative, playwright-centered manner. The company was born in the summer of 2011 and debuted as residents of the Factory Theatre the following December with the nearly sold-out run of Priscilla Dreams the Answer by Walt McGough. Fresh Ink's unique submission model and development process have led to successful runs of plays by many other local playwrights, including Ginger Lazarus, Patrick Gabridge, A. Nora Long, Emily Kaye Lazzaro, James McLindon, and Lila Rose Kaplan. Fresh Ink also created the Ink Spot staged reading series as another avenue to showcase new work, and the annual Mad Dash 24-hour play festival. Now, after producing at the Factory Theatre, the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and First Church Boston, Fresh Ink is thrilled to be one of the companies in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts for the next three seasons.

 
The First Look staged reading team for Don't Give Up the Ship by Laura Neill, 2016

The First Look staged reading team for Don't Give Up the Ship by Laura Neill, 2016