The Pool 2020 is a pop-up theater company producing three volcanic new plays in rep.   Our artist-led production model puts playwrights at the helm of our processes, allowing us to adapt quickly-- and with integrity-- to the current cultural moment. Our original production was postponed due to the pandemic, but now we're gearing up to present our plays LIVE at the New Ohio in Fall 2021... and in the meantime, we've been hard at work.

Playwrights Kate Cortesi, Brenda Withers, & Emily Zemba inherited The Pool from co-founders Susan Bernfield, Lynn Rosen, and Peter Gil-Sheridan, a trio of visionary artist-producers who brought their plays to life at The Flea in 2017. Once our shows are over, we'll pass the company on to another trio of intrepid playwrights. We're not just producing plays: we're creating a contagious, sustainable model of artist-led theater production. Our audience base, producing expertise, and brand will be inherited and augmented by each subsequent generation of Pool Playwrights.

At a time when world events have wreaked unprecedented cancellations and uncertainty, The Pool offers a nimble play production model with zero overhead, placing agency and resources directly into the hands of working theater artists. Kate, Brenda, and Emily are thrilled to be the next iteration of a producing model whereby artists of all backgrounds combine practical action and artistic freedom to bring our work to audiences on our own terms.