Fierce Backbone

Theater Company


Who We Are

Our History

In the summer of 2007, a group of playwrights, actors and directors gathered to solve a problem: How do we develop new plays while also developing as artists?

We are a company dedicated to developing plays and people. Each play graduates to further levels of development: staged readings, workshop productions, full productions…all with the support and talents of Backbone members leading the way.


We guide projects with a supportive “peer-review” process keeping the writer’s vision in mind while supporting people-power and financial fuel.

As a company, we strive to support the work our membership is inspired to create. We believe some of the very best theater is yet to be discovered. Above all else, we endeavor to collaborate with fierce integrity and a tough backbone.

What We Do

Fierce Backbone currently meets by Zoom on Monday night at 7:25pm and we read sections of three different plays and offer the writers feedback.  On select Saturdays, “Extra Fierce” meets at 10am with the same format.


Occasionally, we present full reads on Monday nights and Saturday mornings.  We encourage you to join our email list

(by emailing with the header “Mailing List”)

So you will stay up-to-date on Fierce offerings.


Guests are always welcome.  If you’d like to join any event, please email and we’ll send you the link.

Our Core Values

  • Foundation & Focus: The Plays written by our members

  • Evolve and grow diverse artistic disciplines through a viable development process to create new work through a peer-review process

  • Balance the goals and needs of individual members

  • We create a collaborative atmosphere that fosters a safe home and structure for experimentation; We encourage communication and healthy debate in all matters.

  • Building connections and working relationships with other theater companies and our community at large.

  • Transparency in our decision-making process and our finances/governance

  • Attract and develop artists who command attention; Artists who know when to put their ego aside and allow others to shine.

  • We expect our members to share the burden and joy of production.

  • We are never afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Then strive to figure it out.

  • Above all things, we adhere to integrity in our personal, business and artistic relationships. We place the highest value on respect, tolerance, acceptance, honesty and accountability.


How We Work


Our process takes a play from first reading through every intermediate step until it is ready for full production. We champion the work of all our writers, no matter how experimental or mainstream.


Our actors receive priority in casting and all opportunities to grow their craft. Hone your cold reading skills with new and unique characters


Backbone takes pride in creating a safe environment for directors to experiment with different approaches on unfamiliar material.

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Fierce Backbone is a collaborative organization committed to writing, developing and producing new dramatic works.


We endeavor to provide opportunities where the skills and artistry of our membership can flourish..

We are a member-run play development company with a Writers Unit and an Actors Unit.