We currently meet quarterly for LAFPI Gatherings (+ Micro-Reads!) at Samuel French Bookshop, organize events like LAFPI Nights at the theater, and have other plans up our collective sleeves.

Great to see so many of you our September Gathering at Sam French,  and also at LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse: The Cake & LAFPI Night at Garry Marshall Theatre: Real Women Have Curves!

Now, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1, 1-3:30pm: Our 4th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up!

We’ll celebrate the season again with our friends at Sam French by connecting directors and actors and playwrights for 2015-12-12-15-15-59

Special Holiday-Themed Micro-Reads.

1pm–> Connections over shared snacks and bevs. (Bring something sip or nibble on… wine = yes!)

2pm–> Micro-Reads begin.

All are invited; the afternoon is festive and FREE!

FEMALE-IDENTIFYING PLAYWRIGHTS: We’ve reached our limit for submissions, BUT but we’ll definitely have time for a few more Micro-Reads day-of, which will be cast on the fly. Your Micro-Read should be 1 page,  400 words or less on a holiday theme (we interpret this loosely).

Note:If you plan on coming with your Micro-Read in hand, bring enough copies for all actors and arrive at 12:30 to hopefully secure a spot!

We know you’ll all have a blast working with a  pool of amazing actors and directors Kitty Lindsay, Kila Kitu, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Darcie Crager, Natalie Reiko, Vaneh Assadourian & Emily Lerer. And special thanks Maia Henkin, playing casting director!

Can’t wait to raise a glass, hear your plays, and spread cheer with you all! Always a wonderful way to celebrate another year of fantastic femme-theater in LA.

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Samuel French 7623 Sunset Bl (east of Fairfax) in Hollywood

Thanks to Joyce Mehess and crew for opening up the bookshop’s fabulous Green Room for food, wine, connections and Micro-Reads.

It works.

LA FPI Nights at the theater are a great success! 

In October, our LAFPI Night at Garry Marshall Theatre for Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López, directed by Mary Jo DuPrey, gave us the chance to celebrate GMT’s production, which had an all-women design team!

And we can’t thank the Geffen Playhouse enough for continuing to open its doors to all things femme-theater. Instigators joined us in September, 2018 for THE CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jennifer Chambers; June for SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Patricia McGregor and in February for IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok, directed by Tyne Rafaeli.

It was terrific to bring together women playwrights, women directors and audience members before the show, enjoy the performance, and in the case of IRONBOUND, stay for a talkback with the show’s artists.

ewp_kentucky_800x800_v1We were proud to be East West Players’ Community Partner in 2016 for their production of Leah Nanako Winkler’s KENTUCKY, directed by Deena Selenow; LAFPI Night at EWP included a fab female playwright/director mixer.  imgres

And we had a blast in 2015 at our LAFPI Nights at Pasadena Playhouse, bringing together groups of up to 77 for Vanessa Claire Stewart’s STONEFACE, Diana Son’s TOP KISS & REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López.  Thanks so much to Seema Sueko and her crew for making these happen.

Do you have any ideas for companies or productions to approach?  We want to connect with theatermakers, share our work, and fill the house to deliver the message, “It Pays to Produce Plays by Women!”

Gathering w BitchPack + Vagrancy at Samuel FrenchFor more info go to our Facebook Page, check us out on Instagram and join our Twitter  conversation.

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THANKS! to those of you who joined us in 2013/14 for Tactical Reads, produced by The Vagrancy, to Atwater Crossing for kicking the program off, and to Rogue Machine Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Working Stage, Park La Brea, studio/stage & Theatre Asylum for giving shelter.

Numbers TR
NUMBERS by Mar Gomez Glez, directed by Brenda Varda
MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD (Hee Hee) by Rachel Skytt, directed by Reena Dutt
Liar Paradox TR
THE LIAR PARADOX by Kristin Idaszak, directed by Sabina Ptasznik – post-read discussion at Theatre Asylum with Cort Brinkerhoff
WORD OF THE DAY by Katherine Murphy, directed by Laura Steinroeder
A Song for a Surfer
A SONG FOR A SURFER by Callan Stout, directed by Katie Witkowski – with Cort Brinkerhoff at SOSE
Nina Harada+Tamika Katon-Donegal TR
MY FIRST, MY FIST, MY BLEEDING, SEEDED SPIRIT by Megan Breen, directed by Caitlin Hart at studio/stage
Director Sarah Doyle & Jennifer Maisel after OUT OF ORBIT Tactical Read
Director Sarah Doyle and playwright Jennifer Maisel discuss OUT OF ORBIT after the read at The Working Stage
Mary F. Casey’s THE ACTUAL MOMENT IN TIME BOB ROGERS FOUND LOVE, directed by Sabina Ptasznik, at SOSE
Sabina Ptasznik leads the discussion after Nancy Beverly’s HANDCRAFTED HEALING at RMT
Cindy Marie Jenkins captures Paula Cizmar’s STRAWBERRY at ATX – an incredible start to the series!


Got ideas and energy to spearhead something new in terms of Events?  We’re here to help you make it happen!


Check out some familiar faces at Tactical Reads and LAFPI Events…

Thanks to Gethsemane Church for being such gracious hosts for our meetings in 2012!
Cheers to those of you who joined us for LAFPI’s first “BYO Mix” Mixer in 2010, and a big thank you to NoHo’s Eclectic Company Theatre for hosting.

Thanks to Gethsemane Church for being such gracious hosts in 2012!

Many thanks to instigators who helped us move forward at our Spring Gathering in May, 2011 and to the very FPI-friendly Theatricum Botanicum for hosting.

Thanks again to Brenda Varda and wordspace for hosting our 1st LAFPI Gathering of 2011 in February… and to Cindy Marie Jenkins for her super online networking workshop.

(No, it’s not a secret!  If you ask nicely, we’ll tell you all about our candle-lit – and wine-infused! –  Outreach & Planning Meeting in January, 2011.) Great energy, ladies, and thanks so much to 55 Degree Wine in Atwater Village! Thanks to all of you who joined us for the 4th LAFPI Gathering in October, 2010 and to Rogue Machine for hosting!

Click Here if you’d like to help us arrange FPI Meets, Special Offers, Discounts and group theater-going opportunities! 

Photo by Larry Dean Harris
On we go! Our next goal is to arrange a series of “theater mixers” to  introduce more women playwrights to theatermakers; these receptions will include other female and male theater artists.
We’d love to find someone to take charge and facilitate theater-going groups in the LA area to support female-authored plays onstage. (Women at Work Onstage) And we can tie some of these events to our “mixers,” held to recognize a theater that’s producing work by a women playwright.

LAFPI Spotlight

Native Voices New Play Festival 2008 Kudos to Los Angeles’ Native Voices at the Autry. Founded in 1999, Native Voices is devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American and First Nation playwrights. About 70% of the works Native Voices has supported have been written by women. Photo by Stephanie Lein Walseth Used by permission