While we’ve shifted gears in 2020/21, 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 2020 Celebration  in March, 2020, and after that our (Virtual) Micro-Read Hook-Ups in 2020 –  “Next Phase,”  “Opening Up,” “The New Norm” and our 6th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up: “Wish List” –  and this year, “Flip the Script,” “Possibilities,” our online Fringe Femmes Brunch Gathering and “Living the Extreme.”

Now: Mark Your Calendars – LAFPI Nights at the Theater are BACK!

We hope you can join us at 7pm on Wednesday, November 17 for another LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse – PARADISE BLUE  by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Stori Ayers.

Theaters are re-opening and we’re glad to continue our popular LAFPI Nights at the Geffen where, starting at 7pm, we’ll meet in the outdoor courtyard to chat with fellow writers as well as Geffen audience members who (surprise!) are curious about and want to hear from female playwrights!

We’ve snagged $25 tickets (regularly $30 – $105) for all preview performances November 9 – November 17, 2021. Use code JAZZLAF by phone at (310) 208-5454 or online

Please review the Geffen Playhouse Covid policy before purchasing your ticket.

And remember: After you purchase your ticket for the 17th, RSVP to Jennie Webb @ so we know to look for you before the show!

Questions or ideas about what’s next? Contact

 Our 7th Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up will be in December…

We’re working on scheduling the date.

Produced by Kristen Lazarian, a team of Women+ Directors will be working with a pool of Actors on 1-pg Micro-Reads written by Female-Identifying Playwrights… all on the day-of. It’ll play out like this (with time built in for connections over BYO cocktails ;)):

  • 4:20pm – Micro-Read Zoom Room Opens
  • 4:30-5:30pm – 2 Rounds of Rehearsal Sessions in Break-Out Rooms
  • 5:30-6:00pm – Introductions
  • 6:00pm – Micro-Reads Begin!

Questions? Email

Guests are welcome to join us for the Micro-Reads at 6pm!

Email to receive a private Zoom link which will be sent to you the morning of the event. 

Can’t wait to see what femme-scribes have to say as we continue to find ways to support one another in extreme times by creating community… and theater!

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! 

We’re back at the Geffen on November 17, 2021 for 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 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