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Applications for The Writer's Room 2021/2022 are now closed. Please check back in late March 2022 for information about applications for The Writers' Room 2022/2023.


A group for Los Angeles-based playwrights, 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 of this city. During a one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly to share their work and receive feedback from their peers in a forum facilitated by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel, the Geffen’s Director of New Play Development. With applications that are open to all Los Angeles-based playwrights, this program is ideal for those who would benefit from a structured and supportive environment in which to work on a new play. In addition to the feedback of their fellow writers, members receive dramaturgical support from the theater’s artistic staff, a ticket to all Gil Cates Theater shows at the Geffen for the season in which their residency takes place, and the opportunity to further develop their work with a director and actors in a culminating reading that may be open to the public.

Application deadline: 9:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 16, 2021
Program start date: November 2021
Program end date: October 2022

All applicants will be receive a response by late October 2021. Please refrain from calling or emailing to inquire about your application status.


The Writers’ Room is open to all playwrights who currently reside in Los Angeles. When considering applications, we take into account the fundamental importance of having a balance of voices in the group in addition to the strength of each applicant’s writing sample and project proposal. Playwrights of all writing styles, ethnicities, genders, abilities, and ages are encouraged to apply.

Please keep in mind that we are looking to help writers develop brand new plays. Plays with previous productions, productions set for a future date, or previous professional readings or development will not be considered.


We invite local playwrights to apply with ambitious new projects. In order to apply, please send a one page project proposal and a 20 page writing sample (from a previous full-length play) to . The project proposal should include: your name, your email address, your phone number, your permanent address (including zip code), and the title of your writing sample, as well as a description of the plot and style of the play you’d like to work on during this one-year residency and why you would benefit from taking part in The Writers’ Room program. Please send both the proposal and writing sample as PDFs.

If you’d like to pull your sample pages from somewhere other than the beginning of your script, please also provide a character list and a short synopsis for context.

The Writers’ Room group will meet once a month on Monday nights from November 2021 through September 2022. (There will also be two months over the course of the year when the group will meet twice, for a total of 13 meetings.) Readings of each play will take place at the culmination of the program, with the intention of holding all readings in fall of 2022. While we understand that conflicts can be unpredictable, please do not apply if you know you will be unavailable on Mondays generally or will be out of town for an extended period of time that will cause you to miss more than two of the monthly meetings. If you are unsure whether your conflicts will prohibit you from participating, please note this in your proposal. Once the group has been selected, conflicts will be taken into consideration to pick dates that work for everyone.

See the FAQs below for further information about the program and application process.


What is the Geffen Playhouse's COVID-19 vaccination policy for The Writers' Room?

In the interest of safety for all participants and staff, any playwright offered a spot in The Writers' Room 2021/2022 must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the form of a photo of a vaccination card, before accepting a place in the program. A remote option may be explored for those who are exempt from COVID-19 vaccinations due to medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.

If you are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, please see our Artist Resources for information about remote jobs and emergency grants. We wish you safety and health in this challenging time.


Rachel Wiegardt-Egel
Director of New Play Development

The Writers' Room 2021/2022 is made possible through the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl.

2020/2021 Writers' Room Playwrights