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.
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- 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.
Mary F. Casey
Dee Jae Cox
Maryam Myika Day
Velina Hasu Houston
Monteque Pope- Le Beau
Allie Costa —playwright, director
Bari Hochwald—director, producer
Sara Israel—playwright, director
Katherine James—playwright, director
Ella Martin—playwright, director
Lynne Moses—playwright, director
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz—sets, costumes
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 Forum
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.
Play Submission Helper Blog
Lists theaters and playwriting contests looking specifically for plays by female playwrights, or featuring strong women characters.
The Playwrights’ Center’s Writer’s Opportunities
This extensive database of information contains information on contests, theaters, publication and submission opportunities.
Reddit Playwriting Opportunities
One-Acts and/or Full Length plays.
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! Visit www.guerrillagirlsontour.blogspot.com.
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 Companion (NYC)
Hosted by NYTheatre.Com, this is a dynamic new online resource written by theater artists about indie theater, featuring profiles of women playwrights across the country.
International Centre for Women Playwrights
Dedicated to the support of female dramatists around the world, maintains an active listserv and other activities.
League of Professional Theater Women (NYC)
Established an advocacy organization for reinforcing the positive image of, promoting the visibility of, and increasing the opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industries, more particularly the professional theater, thereby enriching the culture with the infusion of women’s creativity.
Left Coast Women ( LA)
Exists to empower, preserve, and uphold women writers, in particular playwrights, living on the west coast of the U.S.A.
Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival
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.
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project (LAWTP)
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.
Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights
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 Ten Minute Play Workshop Project
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.
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project (Nashville)
Based in Nashville, dedicated to giving voice to women through theater arts.
TCG Gender Equality Group on Conference 2.0
This Group is dedicated towards achieving parity for women theatre artists. Join this group to share resources, host discussions and promote models that support achieving Gender Equality! Email Gus Schulenburg to set up your profile today.
Women and Theater Program (WTP)
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, including a free monthly newsletter that lists upcoming festival, grant, and other opportunities for theatre artists. 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) – On Hiatus
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.”
Women Playwrights Initiative (Florida)
Founded to foster the development and production of plays written by women, through educational outreach, workshops, readings and productions.
Women Playwrights International
Dedicated to planning and convening international conferences for women playwrights.
Women’s Project (NYC)
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.
Women’s Voices Fund at the Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver)
Dedicated to the support of women playwrights – past, present and future - the fund also commissions women playwrights.
“Women’s Theater/ Arts Groups“ 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. Or join a group of like-minded supporters of women’s work: visit our LA Theater Task Force.Tweet