Grants: Up to $9,000 in grants awarded annually.
Submissions: A brief introductory letter, two 10-page writing samples from different plays, a resume.
Requirements: Playwright must be based in Greater Los Angeles.

PLAY LA was created in 2015 to lend its support to local playwrights based in Greater Los Angeles including Ventura County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Every year, PLAY LA develops up to five new plays written by early to mid-career writers interested in creating stage works from the ground up. The development of these plays is overseen by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman, founder of PlayLab at Los Angeles’ renowned Skylight Theatre.

The focus of PLAY LA is to develop new plays in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. HUMANITAS strives to give PLAY LA members all the tools they need to create compelling plays and to extend their network of relationships into the broader Los Angeles community of theatres.

During PLAY LA's workshop, each playwright receives a $1,500 grant and critiques from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year. The workshop meets once every three weeks for 12 three-hour working sessions. 

Mentors Have Included:

Filmmaker, Mike Binder; Playwright, Lee Blessing; Producer, Nick Hamm; Warner Brother's Development Executive, Christopher Mack; Literary Agent, Kelly Miller; Critic, Steven Leigh Morris; Oscar winning screenwriter, Tom Schulman; Former CTG Literary Manager, Pier Carlo Talenti; Playwright and Showrunner, Craig Wright.



2019 Winners



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Submission period: September 1 - December 1, 2019

Winners notified: December 2019/January 2020

Workshop: December 2019 - September 2020

***Please be aware that you should be available to participate in all meetings.***


Writers interested in participating should submit all materials in a single PDF file that includes:

  • A brief introductory letter

  • Two 10-page writing samples from different plays

  • A resume

We strongly suggest that your choice of materials be from: (a) the beginning of your play, (b) self-explanatory, or (c) include a short synopsis to understand the preceding events relevant to the scenes.