The Abbey Theatre produces its own work and plays, as well as showcasing world-class work by other theatre companies and artists. As part of our self-produced work, we commission and produce new plays as well as reviving plays from the canon. We get to know the work of writers we commission by reading and seeing their work; if you would like to send us a play, there is more information about our unsolicited script stream here.

The Heads of Producing produce the shows that are performed both at the Abbey Theatre, on its Abbey and Peacock stages, as well as touring shows out of the Abbey. They also foster the relationships that lead to the co-production of work. The Head of Producing (New Work) is particularly responsible for new theatre work and the Head of Producing (Programming) is particularly responsible for touring work and productions of existing plays.

The Associate Director contributes to the artistic life of the building through developing productions and projects with the rest of the team as well as directing plays for the Abbey Theatre.

The Dramaturg looks after the commissioning and artistic development of plays and productions at the Abbey Theatre, as well as projects and relationships with writers.

The New Work Associate works with the Dramaturg and the rest of the New Work Department to develop this work and to respond to all unsolicited submissions received by the theatre.

The New Work Assistant administratively supports all the work of the department.

A team of approximately ten freelance readers contribute to the New Work Department by reading unsolicited play submissions.

Associate Playwrights represent the interests of playwrights at the Abbey Theatre while also working on new plays for its Abbey and Peacock stages.

Who We Are 

Head of Producing (New Work)
Jen Coppinger

Head of Producing (Programming)
Sarah Lynch

Associate Director
Caitríona McLaughlin

Louise Stephens

New Work Associate
Jesse Weaver

New Work Assistant
Paddy Jo Malpas

To contact us, email

Our Work with Writers 

In 2019, we welcome four new Associate Playwrights to the Abbey Theatre. We are also piloting two new writing groups, Abbey Begins and Abbey Works, and two other open calls, 5×5 and 20 for 20.

Find out more about our work with writers here.

Scripts & Ideas 

You can submit work to us in two ways: with a finished script or with an idea (a new piece of theatre, a proposal for a co-production, a piece of dance theatre…)

Visit our Scripts & Ideas page for more information on our submission processes.


For queries about casting, please contact