Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Its actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays.

Under the artistic direction of Jan Buttram, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through the utilization of a four-step development process: First Readings, Staged Readings and Workout Labs, which culminate in Studio Productions and Mainstage Productions.


The company offers substantially reduced ticket prices for mainstage productions to groups of 20 or more. With advance notice students can participate in question-and-answer sessions with cast members after the show. The company also provides internship opportunities for high school students in its literary, administrative and production departments.