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Written by Julia Stier

So, you’re a playwright. You’ve crafted characters, perfected your plot, and are now ready to unleash your play into the Los Angeles theatre scene. You’re hungry to hear your story come to life — but where do you start? How does your script go from words on a page, to a stirring performance on a stage?

A really great way to get your work produced in Los Angeles is to participate in festivals, readings, residencies, and writing groups. With so many theatre companies — most of them with their own, unique specialization — you’re sure to find your tribe and the people you want to work with.

We’ve compiled a list of opportunities for playwrights here in Los Angeles. However, there are so many seasonal events (and many series and festivals that go on hiatus), so always check in with your favorite LA theatre company for the latest updates!


2Cents Theatre

Acting Out InkFest

This annual, 3-day festival celebrates and promotes the new works of female playwrights!

Learn more about the festival here.


Boston Court Theatre

New Play Reading Festival

Queries must be sent through agents.

Learn who to contact here.


Company of Angels

To Read & Stage in LA

This monthly series is for under-represented playwrights. Plays must be full-length, no one acts.

Read the submission guidelines here.


The Echo Theatre Company

National Young Playwrights in Residence

For this program, The Echo Theatre Company pairs six young writers, ages 18-25, with professional playwrights for a year-long mentorship program.

Learn more about the program here.



New West Playwright’s Group

This playwriting group is specifically for playwrights under the age of 30.

Learn about the application process here.


Inkwell Theatre

Playwright’s Night

The Inkwell Theatre invites writers to bring in 10 pages of their play to be read by actors of the theatre company. Great way to workshop your latest piece!

Register to participate here.

Inkwell Theatre Development Lab

A workshop for developing new plays. Those selected for the lab are awarded the The Lerner Fellowship, “which provides financial, logistical and artistic support to our playwrights.”

Learn more here.


Jewish Women’s Theatre @ The Braid

Submit Your Story

You do not need to be Jewish to submit, but piece should have some “Jewish content or Jewish resonance.”

Submission information can be found here.


Moving Arts


MADlab is a 9-month play development program. Submit ideas only, not a play that you are already working on.

Submit here.


Native Voices at the Autry

Annual Short Play Festival

An annual ten-minute play festival that is a part of the American Indian Arts Marketplace. The theme of the festival changes each year.

Learn more about the festival here.


New American Theatre

One Act Plays Competition

The New American Theatre is currently seeking submissions for their 2020 Festival of New American One Act Plays.

Deadlines can be found here.


Playwrights Arena

New Pages Lab

A reading series that gives playwrights the opportunity to hear their work read aloud as they develop and workshop their pieces.

Learn more about the lab here.


The Road Theatre Company

Summer Playwrights Festival

Information for deadlines for next summer have not been released yet, but you can read submission guidelines here.


Rogue Artists Ensemble

Rogue Lab

This 8-month lab is for playwrights looking to create innovative work that fits Rogue Artists’ Hyper-theatre aesthetic.

Read about the guidelines here.


Rogue Machine Theatre

Rant and Rave

Writers are given a topic and share their real stories and experiences with the audience!

Submit to participate here.


Skylight Theatre Company

Fresh Brews

This one-night event is for 10-minute plays. Selected plays are presented at the Angel City Brewery.

Learn more here.

INKubator Play Reading Series

Playwrights are mentored by Skylight’s creative team.

Learn more here.


Son of Semele

Solo Creation Festival

A three-week festival that stages new solo shows.

Learn more here.

Quick Creation Festival

Supports the creation of new plays, up to 20 minutes in length.

Learn more here.


Theatre of NOTE

NOTEworthy Playwriting workshop

Submissions are accepted year-round!

Submit here.


Victory Theatre


Six writers perform either prose or true and personal 10-minute stories. These new works must be created based on the given theme. The theme is always derived from the title of a play, movie, or TV show.

Those interested in performing can submit here.

Script Submissions

The Victory Theatre welcomes new play submissions.

Find more information here.


Whitefire Theatre


Solofest accepts fully-produced solo shows.

Learn more here.


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights

Not currently accepting any new submissions, but for those interested in submitting in the future, submission guidelines can be found here.

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Julia Stier

Julia Stier

Julia Stier is an LA-based actress and playwright, and holds a BA in Theatre and minor in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared onstage in both LA and New York, and she has written for numerous publications, including Larchmont Chronicle, LA Parent, and the national magazine, Italian America. Julia is a member of the acting company at Hero Theatre. Juliastier.com