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Supporting original work in the Los Angeles Theater Community

Los Angeles New Play Project

Supporting original work in the Los Angeles Theater Community

LANPP is a newly established grant program, launching in 2021, that helps support original work presented on the Los Angeles stage. We offer two-tiered, interconnected grants of $20,000 to playwrights and an additional grant up to $20,000 to producing entities to help support productions. With these awards, LANPP hopes to contribute to exciting, high-quality original work on the small and mid-size stages of Los Angeles County.

LANPP grants are intended to attract excellence in playwriting to the Los Angeles theater community, and to encourage the production of new and untried plays. Producers in partnership with playwrights are invited to submit new plays under consideration for production in the producer’s upcoming season. Through a distinguished peer panel review process LANPP will identify and reward the strongest works submitted.

In providing financial support to the high-risk arena of new work production, LANPP hopes to:

In addition to the grant program for playwrights and producers, LANPP is proud to support the UCLA/Geffen Playhouse Apprenticeship Program, which places the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television students in internship positions at the Geffen Playhouse.

FROM LANPP DIRECTOR PAULA HOLT

We are launching this funding support at a time when theaters, large and small, remain closed. However, we are operating under the assumption that the history of shared storytelling will survive the current crisis. We anticipate an outpouring of new stories with an urgency to be read and seen. We will accept original writing submissions this spring, and plan to announce the first writing awards in fall of 2021.

We believe the small and midsize LA spaces that produce imaginative and original work, and who are eligible for support under this program, will be returning to operation as early as 2022. We are passionately invested in the fact that live theater will not just come back, but will come roaring back as we process what we’ve been missing — shared experiences, physical proximity, and stories that shape our lives.