We regularly meet for Gatherings and other events involving Micro-Reads, organize LAFPI Nights at the theater, and have other plans up our collective sleeves.

Huzzahs to you intrepid souls who’ve jumped online the past few years,  including the artists who shared their talents in March of last year for our 12th (Virtual) Micro-Read Hook-Up: “A Light Ahead.” We will probably mcontinue to do these along with our in-person events. So great to see you all in December for our 8th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up at Moving Arts Theatre!

Excited to have two events coming up in March: LAFPI Night at PlayGround-LA on Monday, March 11 and LAFPI Night at Company of Angels on Saturday, March 30th!

On Monday, March 11th we’re excited to spend a special evening with our femme-friendly friends at PlayGround LA, celebrating the brand new work of women+ playwrights (PlayGround-style!) in the company of other female and nonbinary writers – catching up and connecting to share stories and opportunities!

At 6pm, we’ll meet at the Broadwater Studio (entrance on Lillian Way just south of Santa Monica Bl), to meet and mingle with PlayGround staff and playwrights. (Quite a few LAFPI Instigators have been part of this fab organization, past and present!)

At 7pm the show starts around the corner at the Broadwater Second Stage ( 6320 Santa Monica Bl) – to honor Women’s History Month, the theme is “Reclaiming Herstory!” Playwrights TBA but rest assured there will be at LEAST 50% women playwrights.

After the show, feel free to hang out at the Broadwater Plunge for drinks with the evening’s writers and actors. Admission is free but reservations are highly recommended. Click Here to Reserve.

And do RSVP to Jennie Webb at [email protected] so we know to look for you!

More info here:

Next up? LAFPI Night at Company of Angels on March 30th!

Questions? Email [email protected]


2023 was a fantastic year for us at the Fringe – so great to meet so many of the  #HFF23 Fringe Femmes at our  Virtual Happy Hour in May, our Fringe Femmes Mixer in June  and we were blown away by all of the Women on the Fringe last year.

Looking forward to 2024! Mark your calendars: May 11th is our #HFF24 Virtual Fringe Femmes Gathering!

Questions or ideas? Contact [email protected]

Many thanks to Joyce Mehess and crew at Samuel French for opening up the bookshop’s fabulous Green Room for food, wine, connections and Micro-Reads, giving us a home from 2013-2018!

LAFPI Nights at the Theater are a blast! 

Great to be back at the Geffen in January for another LAFPI Night at Geffen Playhouse: POTUS by Selina Fillinger, directed by Jennifer Chambers. Starting the new year seeing the work of hilarious theater artists in the company of amazing women playwrights was the perfect way to kick off 2024!

Thrilled to have our first night at Theatre of NOTE in September, 2023: a performance of Ashley Rose Wellman’s KILL SHELTER, directed by Shaina Rosenthal, followed by Micro-Reads with the cast! So fun.

And such a fantastic night at the Geffen Playhouse in June: Hanging out and catching up with fellow female playwrights before the powerful performance of Katori Hall’s THE MOUNTAINTOP, directed by Patricia McGregor.

We were glad to be able to gather and be back in person at the Geffen in November, 2021 before the opening of PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Stori Ayers.

Thank you to those of you who joined us in early March, 2020 (one of our last nights out at the theater pre-pandemic!) for LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse – MAN OF GOD by Anna Moench, directed by Maggie Burrows.

Great fun in August, 2019 for our first LAFPI Night at the Odyssey: FEFU AND HER FRIENDS. It was great to have a chance to see this ground-breaking feminist work by María Irene Fornés, directed by Denise Blasor, in good femme company!

Many thanks to the Odyssey, as well – we hope this is the first of many nights at this LA theater, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

And we can’t thank the Geffen Playhouse enough for continuing to open its doors to all things femme-theater!

In 2019, We had a fantastic time at LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse: The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Kimberly Senior.

LAFPI Night at the Geffen for Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama, directed by  Robert O’Hara was an amazing evening, and then some.

In October, 2018, 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 Instigators gathered in 2018 for three LAFPI Nights at the Geffen:

in September for THE CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jennifer Chambers;

in 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. 


And we had a blast in 2014-2015 at our LAFPI Nights at Pasadena Playhouse, bringing together groups of over 75 for Vanessa Claire Stewart’s STONEFACE, Diana Son’s STOP KISS & REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López –  fantastic nights that included Micro-Reads read by the casts! 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.

SF Reading


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!
Thanks to Gethsemane Church for being such gracious hosts for our meetings in 2012!
LAFPI’s first “BYO Mix” Mixer in 2010, hosted by NoHo’s Eclectic Company Theatre.

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

Spring Gathering in May, 2011 at Theatricum Botanicum.
LAFPI Gathering February, 2011 hosted by Brenda Varda and wordspace
Cindy Marie Jenkins’ super online networking workshop

LAFPI Gathering in October, 2010  hosted by Rogue Machine Theatre
LAFPI at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

LAFPI Gathering in 2010 hosted by Victory Theatre Center – Photo by Larry Dean Harris