Los Angeles New Play Project

Supporting original work in the Los Angeles Theater Community

Los Angeles New Play Project

Supporting original work in the Los Angeles Theater Community

Photos are courtesy of Jeff Lorch & Zachariah Schmitt. 

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Los Angeles New Play Project proudly announces our winning playwrights and productions for its 2023 awards:

HAPPY FALL: A Queer Stunt Spectacular
written by Lisa Sanaye Dring
produced by Rogue Artists Ensemble

Lisa Sanaye Dring
Lisa Sanaye Dring

Four Women in Red
written by Laura Annawyn Shamas
produced by The Victory Theatre Center

Laura Shamas
Laura Annawyn Shamas

LANPP, established in 2021, helps to support original work presented on the Los Angeles stage. We offer two-tiered, interconnected grants of $20,000 to playwrights and an additional $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 identifies and rewards what our jury agrees is the strongest works submitted.

In providing financial support to this 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.


Looking back at our first three years…

LANPP launched its program in 2021, having been unexpectedly and generously funded for a program that might help support LA’s scattered and diverse theater community. We now have three years in our rear view mirror, during which time we have singled out for our grants 8 playwrights and 9 productions for their excellence in writing and production.   The first two years of winning plays have come to life on our local stages, and we are seeing some of them already moving on to a next stage of development!

Our selection process relies on the participation of talented and insightful jurors to help us make those selections.  In their careers they serve as literary managers, directors, artistic directors  dramaturgs,  and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them for lending us their efforts and insights.  With incredible focus and depth of analysis, they have defined our panel discussions these past three years.   Our thanks go as well to the writers and producers submitting, for the consistently high quality of your submissions. And we remind you that this is a collaborative award, with both writing and producing aspects under consideration.

It is our privilege to read your works for consideration, and we wish we could honor you all.

And to the staff of LANPP, thank you for all you do!

We are proud of the work of LANPP, and look forward to the next year’s submissions.