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

Huzzahs to you intrepid souls who jumped online for our SWAN Day Los Angeles Celebration last March, our 6th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up in December, 2020 and our many Micro-Read Hook-Ups over the past year and a half (most recently, “Possibilities” on May 23).

Now! Join us for our first virtual Fringe Femmes Brunch Gathering for #HFF21: Saturday, July 10 at 11am!

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It’s time again to to bring the “Women on the Fringe” together before the wonderful madness of the Hollywood Fringe Festival begins… and this year, we’re doing it online as a Virtual Brunch Gathering.

It’s a chance to chat, connect and introduce “Fringe Femmes” (artists working on projects written or helmed by women+ or theatermakers identifying as female or non-binary) to one another and to other hard-working artists and audiences in Los Angeles.

Click Here for More Info on LAFPI & #HFF21 #FringeFemmes Support!

The event is open to all! RSVP to for a private Zoom link.

And, as always, we’ll have fun with our Micro-Reads… (We’ve been holding Virtual Micro-Reads events since last March! And over the years, Micro-Reads have been a great way for us to get to know each other as writers. Will be great to have some new voices in the mix!)

To include a Micro-Read – 1 page of your writing to be read aloud by OTHERS; we will draw them randomly to read during the event – send to

This could be:
– 1 page from your Fringe project
– 1 page of dialogue/narrative from any play/screenplay
– 1/3 page monologue
– max 400 words of whatever!

Guidelines here:

And if you’re a #FringeFemme, be sure to visit for more info on how to get involved before and during #HFF21.

See you – and your mimosa – soon!

(Remember to email for a private Zoom link!)

Thanks 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.

And in 2019, it was great to see so many of you in December for our 5th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up, hosted by Theatre Planners at Lounge Theatre;  our  Fall LAFPI Gathering at The Broadwater (a huge thank you to Sacred Fools Theater Company) ; and #HFF19 Fringe Femmes Gathering in May at Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles! Thanks also to our friends at A Noise Within for a fantastic celebration of SWAN Day Los Angeles 2019 in March as part of  ANW’s new Noise NOW initiative!

Questions or ideas about what’s next? Contact

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 great success! 

Thanks to all of you who joined us 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 2015 at our LAFPI Nights at Pasadena Playhouse, bringing together groups of up to 77 for Vanessa Claire Stewart’s STONEFACE, Diana Son’s STOP 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.

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