By championing in-depth explorations of a playwright's body of work, the company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright's singular vision. Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, the award-winning Signature produces fully staged works by playwrights-in-residence, including re-examinations of past writings, as well as New York and world premieres. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright's body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.

For the past 18 years, the company has devoted an entire season to the work of a single playwright and has presented the work of Tony Kushner, Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Adrienne Kennedy, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, The Negro Ensemble Company, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.

Signature remains deeply committed to these season-long residencies, and during the company's 10th and 15th anniversaries, Signature introduced an additional residency, the Legacy Program. The Legacy Program invites past playwrights-in-residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents "signature," or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres.