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NEW PLAY
DEVELOPMENT

NEW PLAY
DEVELOPMENT

Supporting artists is central to the Geffen Playhouse’s mission, and New Play Development is a cornerstone of that support. In addition to the world premieres of groundbreaking new plays on our stages, the Geffen Playhouse is proud to collaborate with playwrights in two key ways: commissions and The Writers’ Room.

COMMISSIONS

To commission a playwright to write a play means making a commitment to their voice, craft, and vision, with the hope of sharing the fruits of their work on our stages.

The Geffen Playhouse’s commissions are made possible, in large part, through the leadership and generosity of donations from: The Edgerton Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Fay & Frank Mancuso, Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald, Hilary & Jack Angelo, Mary Bianco, and The MOCA Foundation.

We are proud to have the following artists under commission:

  • Rachel Bonds
  • Colman Domingo
  • Michael Golamco
  • Meghan Kennedy
  • Matthew Lopez
  • Martyna Majok
  • Chelsea Marcantel
  • Jiehae Park
  • John Pollono
  • Zoe Sarnak
  • Robert Schenkkan
  • Jen Silverman
  • David Wiener
  • Lauren Yee
  • Anna Ziegler

Questions?

Rachel Wiegardt-Egel
Manager of New Play Development


LITERARY SUBMISSIONS
The Geffen Playhouse has a closed submission policy at this time, meaning we only accept plays submitted by literary agents.

Productions of Commissioned Work

The Writers' Room

The Writers' Room

Now in its second season, The Writers’ Room is a product of the Geffen’s deep commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant work by the vibrant artistic community living in Los Angeles. During a one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the Geffen to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and Geffen Playhouse artistic staff, culminating in a reading with a director and actors in summer 2020.

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The Writers' Room

The Writers' Room

Now in its second season, The Writers’ Room is a product of the Geffen’s deep commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant work by the vibrant artistic community living in Los Angeles. During a one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the Geffen to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and Geffen Playhouse artistic staff, culminating in a reading with a director and actors in summer 2020.

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Cast Iron Entertainment

Cast Iron
Entertainment

Geffen Playhouse has launched a new artist residency with Cast Iron Entertainment, a cohort of artists including two-time Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (Frozen 2, This is Us), Glenn Davis (Billions, King James), Emmy Award and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry (The Eternals, Atlanta), Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill (Elementary, Widows), André Holland (Selma, Jitney), and Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Choir Boy).

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Cast Iron Entertainment

Cast Iron
Entertainment

Geffen Playhouse has launched a new artist residency with Cast Iron Entertainment, a cohort of artists including two-time Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (Frozen 2, This is Us), Glenn Davis (Billions, King James), Emmy Award and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry (The Eternals, Atlanta), Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill (Elementary, Widows), André Holland (Selma, Jitney), and Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Choir Boy).

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