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Supporting original work in the Los Angeles Theater Community

Playwrights Carla Ching, Carolyn Ratteray, and Josh Wilder. Photo by Todd Cheney
Playwrights Carla Ching, Carolyn Ratteray, and Josh Wilder. Photo by Todd Cheney

The L.A. New Play Project is very proud to announce its three playwright/producer awardees for 2021/2022:

Carla Ching/Revenge Porn. Producing partner: Ammunition Theatre 

Carolyn Ratteray/Both And…A Play About Laughing While Black. Producing partner: Boston Court Pasadena 

Josh Wilder/The Hands That Could. Producing partner: Watts Village Theater Company 

More information on the awardees and the process here.

Applications for LANPP’s 2022-23 grants will be accepted between April 1 – June 1, 2022. 
Program guidelines may be downloaded here.

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

Welcome to Year Two of Los Angeles New Play Project! We launched this funding support for Los Angeles smaller theaters at a time when our entire cultural landscape remained eerily closed. We asked to see new original play submissions and received an outpouring of stories, most of them sharing a sense of urgency to be read and seen. We took in 50 outstanding plays our first year, impaneled a gifted group of jurists, and announced our 2021 winners in October. We anticipated that the theaters of LA would begin to reopen in early spring of 2022 and are thrilled to see just that happening – robustly, tentatively, masks on, masks off, vaccinations in hand, but open! We believe more than ever in the small and midsize theater creators eligible for support under this program. Welcome back, LA theater creators! We see you returning to existing spaces, reconfiguring new spaces, trying out new models, returning to life. Your stories help us to better shape our own understanding of the universe. Submit your applications by June 1 — and let’s all work together to keep this fragile and essential industry afloat.