Liberty Hall Commissions


Commission Programs

Supporting the work of emerging playwrights
from the ground up.


Premiere Stages’ commission programs seek to support new plays by exciting writers throughout their development process: from conception to world premiere.




Liberty Live Section



The Liberty Live Commission, Premiere’s first commission program, has supported writers over two-year development cycles continuously since 2011. The Liberty Live Commission is a partnership with the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, and supports the development of new plays about the rich and complex history of New Jersey. The current Liberty Live Commission, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella, explores the United States’ entry into World War I.


Premiere Stages has also partnered with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) to support the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program connecting New Jersey writers to theaters in their state for the creation of original dramatic work. Premiere Stages’ Stage Exchange commission is Brick City by Nicole Pandolfo, which explores the choices two teenagers at an underfunded public high school in Newark face.

NJPAC Stage Exchange

Liberty Live Commission 2019/20


​From June 15, 2018 to September 1, 2018, Premiere Stages will accept proposals for plays from playwrights who are current residents of New Jersey that explore a historical event or events that provide compelling ideas for dramatic storytelling. 


Liberty Live 2019/20 Commission Guidelines



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