Atlantic Theater Company is committed to the development of new plays by both emerging and established playwrights alike, and supports new work from simple words on the page into a fully realized production. Atlantic Stage 2 is integral to the mission of the Atlantic Theater Company and home to the New Play Development and Production Program, which has produced 11 new works since its establishment in 2003. Some of these works include Almost an Evening by Ethan Coen, Body Awareness by Annie Baker, What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling by David Pittu, and most recently, Oohrah! by Bekah Brunstetter.

In addition to full productions, Atlantic presents its annual Next Page Reading Series, which has included work by playwrights such as Lucy Thurber, Hilly Hicks, Ken Weitzman and many more.