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 six 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. At the end of the process, each play is featured as a professional workshop reading in the HUMANITAS PLAY LA Festival of New Works, produced in conjunction with celebrated local theatres.

mentors include:

Mike Binder, Lee Blessing, Nick Hamm, Christopher Mack, Pier Carlo Talenti and Craig Wright.



2016 Winners



entry details


Submission period: April 16-May 31, 2017

Winners notified: July 2017

Workshop: September 2017-April 2018

Festival: June 2018

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


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.