Los Angeles New Play Project Grant Winners Announced

The Los Angeles New Play Project (LANPP), administered in partnership with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Foundation, has released the names of three Los Angeles-based playwrights who have each been awarded $20,000 grants for their original work. These plays will be presented on stages in Los Angeles County with an additional grant up to $20,000 to each of the producing entities in support of the productions.

Winning playwrights and their producing entities include:

Carla Ching, Revenge Porn, to be produced by Ammunition Theatre (Camella Cooper & Oscar Avila, co-artistic directors; directed by Bernardo Cubría)

Carolyn Ratteray, Both And…A Play About Laughing While Black, to be produced by Boston Court Pasadena (Jessica Kubzansky, artistic director)

Josh Wilder, The Hands That Could , to be produced by Watts Village Theater Company (Bruce Lemon & Donna Simone Johnson, co-artistic directors, Nijeul X, consulting producer).

The Los Angeles New Play Project grant, which is the brainchild of producers Paula Holt and Nathan Birnbaum, is funded by a generous benefactor who has asked to remain anonymous.

LANPP initiated the grant program earlier this year. Finalists were chosen from 50 scripts and producer statements that were submitted to a panel of professional dramaturgs, directors and producers.

By establishing these awards, LANPP hopes to contribute to exciting, high-quality original work on the small and mid-size stages of Los Angeles County. LANPP grants are intended to help continue attracting excellence in playwriting to the Los Angeles theater community, and to encourage the production of new and untried plays.

“We launched Los Angeles New Play Project in order to support some of the best writers who are working to develop new plays,” says Holt. “Additionally, by helping to support small theaters that work so hard to present new plays to the local audiences, we are offering a spark for LA. theaters coming back to life after these challenging years!”

Posted: November 1, 2021