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LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2023) – Geffen Playhouse today announced its selection of LA-based writers to participate in the 2023/2024 cycle of The Writers’ Room, a forum for engagement and collaboration between Los Angeles playwrights. The participants are Ashley August, Paris Crayton III, Christina Ham, Paloma Nozicka, Alexis Roblan, and the musical-writing team of Jennifer Chang and Inara George.

2023/2024 Writers' Room Playwrights


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 twelve-month residency (September 2023 – August 2024) a cohort of six selected playwrights/writing teams will attend in-person meetings at the Geffen once per month as they generate the first draft of a new play or musical. One to two playwrights share work at each meeting and receive feedback from their cohort in a forum facilitated by the Geffen’s Literary Manager & Dramaturg.

At the conclusion of the residency (September – December 2024), each playwright will have the opportunity to further develop their completed draft in a culminating reading produced by the Geffen. Readings are conducted under the LORT Staged Reading terms, which allow for up to 35 hours of rehearsal and an invited audience.

Writers’ Room playwrights receive a $2,000 stipend for their participation in the program, as well as a $1,000 fee during their reading week. A meal and parking are provided at each meeting. Playwrights will also receive complimentary tickets to all Gil Cates Theater shows (and to Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater shows, subject to availability) at the Geffen during their Writers’ Room tenure.

The Writers’ Room is made possible through the generous support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Jerry and Terri Kohl.


Olivia O'Connor
Literary Manager & Dramaturg

Past Writers' Room Playwrights

  • Juan José Alfonso
  • Boni B. Alvarez
  • Vivian Barnes
  • Meghan Brown
  • Diana Burbano
  • Angelica Chéri
  • Inda Craig-Galván
  • Lisa Sanaye Dring
  • Weston Gaylord
  • Dipika Guha
  • Chloé Hung
  • Donald Jolly
  • Alexandra Kalinowski
  • Tova Katz
  • Katie Lindsay
  • Chelsea Marcantel
  • Ramiz Monsef
  • Matthew Paul Olmos
  • Brian Otaño
  • Nicholas Pilapil
  • Liza Powel O’Brien
  • Matt Schatz
  • Michael Shayan
  • Ruby Rae Spiegel
  • T.Tara Turk-Haynes
  • Ali Viterbi
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