Think of this as a springboard to help LA-area theatermakers connect to female playwrights and theater artists, a starting point for women artists to investigate opportunities locally, and a source for theatergoers who want to support the work of women onstage.
If you are a female theater artist, you ARE a resource: Send us your information! If you know of more resources for playwrights, have updates or are part of an organization we should know about, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For LA Theatermakers – a list of women playwrights, directors, designers and producers.
- For Female Playwrights – groups, projects and theaters of interest to women playwrights.
- For LA Theatergoers – find out where to see the work of women playwrights onstage.
The women playwrights and theater artists below are active in supporting the goals of the LA FPI. Use this list to see whether their talents can help you do the same.
Rita Anderson – Award-winning playwright, focusing on female casts/significant roles for women.
Larissa FastHorse – Playwright and choreographer, published and nationally produced.
Laura Ferejohn – Eclectically traditional (O’Neill, Stoppard). Rage and hope ridiculed and embraced.
Stephanie Hutchinson – Playwright/Composer/Lyricist; plays and musicals incorporating hope.
Katherine James – Asks the big questions in ways audiences, directors, actors crave.
Laura Jenkins – Writer and performer of the solo show “Triangles are my favorite shape.”
Daliya Karnofsky – Actress/Writeress/Bakeress igniting domesticity in an explosion of comfort and joy.
Carol S. Lashof – I reimagine classic stories from marginalized points of view.
Elizabeth Liang – Writer/producer of the solo show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey.
Robin Rice Lichtig – Playwright: award-winning, published, produced worldwide.
Elisa Manzini - Playwright, member of the Actors Studio West.
Sarah McLean – TV/film/web writer, Improvisor, focusing on the funny.
Anna Nicholas – Award-winning playwright, novelist and actress. Mission: To enlighten and entertain.
Scarlett Savage - Multi-award-winning playwright/novelist; “She Effin’ Hates Me” in stores now.
Jule Selbo - Historical, dramedies, sci-fi; full length and short plays.
Mary Steelsmith – Award-winning playwright, specializing in ten minute plays.
Constance Strickland – Physical theatre performer using interdisciplinary art to create original pieces.
Stacy Tanner – Writer, Composer, Terminal Dreamer, and helping others do the same.
Tami Tirgrath – A writer of plays, poetry, and stories–and a novel.
Sarah Tuft – Writer for Stage, Screen, TV – published by Playscripts.
Lolly Ward – Darkly funny plays: chess, physics, performance art, and family secrets.
Jennie Webb - Dark comedies for strong women actors; domestic absurdism.
Gina Young – Contemporary queer feminist work for the next generation of theater.
Kate Bergstrom – From kitchen sink dramas to feminist-centered avante-garde performance art.
Katie Chidester - Strong desire to work with female-centric pieces in new/alternative works.
Reena Dutt - My motto: “Create with a Conscience”
Katherine James – Playwrights, actors, productions nurtured to achieve perfect work every time.
Beth Lopes – Specializing in ensemble driven projects and adaptation of classical work.
Laura Steinroeder – Has a passion for working on new play development.
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz – sets, costumes, fine art
Reena Dutt - My motto: “Create with a Conscience”
To add yourself to the list above, send your name, category (more than one’s okay) and website or contact info along with (if you’d like) 10 words or less about you and/or your work to email@example.com.
This is a place for submission opportunities, groups and theaters of interest to women playwrights, regardless of location. (Click Here for LA-area female directors, designers and producers!)
Opportunities to Submit Work
Please let us know if any of this information is no longer correct or if a link is broken so we can update or remove inaccurate listings as soon as possible.
En Avant Playwrights is a collaborative of playwrights in the New York City area. The bulletin board is a facet of the group that’s open to anyone with internet access. The opportunities are divided into play lengths (10 minutes and other short plays, one-acts, full lengths); staged readings, contests, publication, grants & residencies, and misc.
The League of Professional Theatre Women and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition have teamed up to take over the WomenArts funding newsletters. The LPTW will be handling all theatre-related funding opportunities, while WAM will take over film and television opportunities.
Lists theaters and playwriting contests looking specifically for plays by female playwrights, or featuring strong women characters.
This extensive database of information contains information on contests, theaters, publication and submission opportunities.
Ohio University MFA Playwriting Program calendar of national/international playwriting opportunities.
Groups and Theaters of Interest to Women Playwrights
50/50 in 2020 (NYC)
Working proactively for parity for professional women theater artists. Fostered by New Perspectives Theater Company, Women’s Project, and The League of Professional Theater Women.
Black Women’s Playwrights’ Group (Washington, D.C.)
A service and advocacy group for African-American playwrights writing for the professional theater. The mission of BWPG is to support and promote the work of our members as well advocate on critical issues within the theater world. The mission of BWPG is to support and promote the work of our members as well advocate on critical issues within the theater world.
Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights series (New Jersey)
Dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theater today, annual series hosted by NJ company.
Guerrilla Girls on Tour! (NYC)
An anonymous touring theater collective that creates comic pieces addressing sexism and discrimination in the performing arts and beyond. The Girls’ blog is a great way to find out what’s going on across the country in terms of gender parity in theater and to get inspiration from their fighting words . . . and actions!
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival (Washington)
Founded to nurture and support the work of women playwrights, based in Washington state; works in partnership with major regional theaters.
Indie Theatre Now (NYC)
Indie Theater Now is a website where you can browse a large, diverse selection of new American plays; learn about them; and add titles to read in your own personal virtual library either by subscription or by purchasing individual digital scripts. Indie Theater Now is a project of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.
Dedicated to the support of female dramatists around the world, maintains an active listserv and other activities.
The League of Professional Theatre Women is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in the Professional Theatre.
Left Coast Women ( LA)
LCW’s mission is to raise the visibility of West Coast women writers by publishing their plays and related literature. LCW encourages emerging women by seeking to include their plays in anthologies.
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) empowers women artists to engage and inspire communities through the production of multidisciplinary solo performers and educational outreach. The Annual Festival honors the achievement of extraordinary women in theater.
The LAWTP was designed to increase opportunities for women in the performing arts, as well as providing educational opportunities and performances that represent women on a broader scale. The organization works to educate and support women in their effort to bring live performance pieces to the stage, through networking, referrals, production and promotion.
Playwrights Foundation is dedicated to discovering and supporting local and national American playwrights across a broad spectrum of artistic and career positions, in the inception and development of new plays that speak to and from an increasingly diverse society.
Provides a supportive, inspirational environment for developing the unique voices and sharing the vision of Boston area playwrights by presenting plays in process with talented actors and directors in front of an audience.
The mission of the Six Women Playwriting Festival is to create an artistic home for women playwrights, while nurturing a strong company of actors, directors, designers, technicians and administrators. The scope is to awaken new ideas, stimulate change and encourage dreams through new works and forms while enriching their community and the world through the art of theatre.
Our mission is to produce and perform productions that have significant material, lead female roles.
The Ten Minute Play Workshop Project runs live, online video workshops for ten-minute plays. The site brings together a community of writers who seek feedback on their work. Workshops happen several times every week and are, frankly, a lot of fun! To submit a script or to sign-up as a workshopper, visit http://tenminuteplayworkshop.
Based in Nashville, dedicated to giving voice to women through theater arts.
This group is dedicated towards achieving parity for women theatre artists. Join to share resources, host discussions and promote models that support achieving Gender Equality! Email Gus Schulenburg to set up your profile today.
Theatre Roscius, a Los Angeles-based experimental performance art theatre troupe, was founded on the simple idea that stories must be shared. That the simple act of sharing, when individuals gather to explore the many facets of being human, ultimately reveals our hidden similarities, and people otherwise easily mistaken for strangers, foreigners, outcasts, when put together in one room, can find they have always known one another. Theatre Roscius aims to create innovative, relevant, and compassionate theatre.
True Focus Theater is a Los Angeles-based theater company led by critically acclaimed writer/director Vanessa Cate , Absolute Black.
Founded to bring theater professionals together with academics and activists, a wing of Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE). The continuing goal of WTP is to enable feminist inquiry and to provide opportunities for discussion between those who teach, perform, and theorize about feminism, theater, and performance.
A worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. WomenArts provides a variety of free online networking, fundraising and advocacy services. WomenArts also organizes Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity in all its forms. We believe in the power of women artists to create, connect, and change the world.
Women in Theatre (WIT) (Los Angeles)
Evolved to both enlighten the power center in the L.A. theatre community of the contribution women can make, and to encourage women to explore opportunities for involvement. WIT’s current stated purpose is “to nurture and empower both emerging and established women in the theatre arts.”
To foster the development and production of plays written by women through educational outreach, workshops, readings and productions.
Women Playwrights International (WPI) has been dedicated to planning and convening international conferences for women playwrights since 1986. WPI is dedicated to maintaining ongoing international Women Playwrights Conferences every three years at different locations in the world, and to facilitating communications, meetings, interchanges, and activities among the international community of women in theatre. Next Conference: Cape Town 2015!
Through compelling theatre, the Women’s Theatre Project creates an environment that explores the female voice. Spanning the generations, we are forging community partnerships to develop a legacy – By Women, About Women and For Everyone
As the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women, Women’s Project remains the magnetic force field for innovative artists and adventurous theatergoers from around the world.
Dedicated to the support of women playwrights – past, present and future – the fund also commissions women playwrights.
Women’s Theater/ Arts Groups – a list from Women’s Institute for Freedom of Press.
This is the place to find past newsletters with events, submission opportunities, works of women and other things of interest to playwrights.
For LA Theatergoers
Help us support women playwrights and deliver a big box office message to LA-area theaters: it pays to hire women. Make it a point to see Women at Work Onstage. Do you want to join or create a group of like-minded supporters of women’s work? We’re looking for someone to spearhead this effort! Visit our LA Theater Task Force.Tweet