Welcome to the
LA Writers Center
Creative Cutting Edge Community
What is the LAWC?
The LA Writers Center (LAWC) which is designed to germinate and foster new works by involving not only the writer, but a team of artists: directors, dramaturges, and actors. Provided with a safe and nurturing environment in which to read and workshop their work, writers are able to hone and sharpen their skills to a degree that would make them inherently more production-ready, and thus more likely to be produced. Bursting new talent cries out for a sort of incubator for emerging new works; a place where scripts can grow and develop into the stories that they want to be, without the pressure or expense of production. We believe that the future of American theatre depends upon its ability to grow and stretch; to be itself transformed in the meeting of bold, new voices
Who are the LAWC Members?
Our 40+ members consist of writers, directors, actors and dramaturges. They are Lois and Richard Rosenthal Playwriting Prize Finalists, New Century Writer Award Finalists, Seattle Arts Commission Individual Artist Award Winners, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants Recipients, SCR California New Plays Prize Winners, DramaLogue Award Winners for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting, PEN West Literary Award Drama Nominees, New York Drama Desk Award winners, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award Winners, Special Recognition from the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center of LA, Visionary Award Winners from East West Players, Humanitarian Award Winners, L.A. Weekly Awards Winners, NAACP Award Winners, Robby Award Winners, Heideman Award Recipients, Mercer Great American Songwriting Program (at Northwestern University) Residents, and Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellows. They have been produced at The Public Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Alleyway Theatre in New York, The Edgemar Center for the Arts, San Jose Repertory Company, The Road Theatre Company, The Baltimore Theater Project, The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Downtown Urban Theater Festival, Latino Theater Company at LATC, Sacred Fools, The NYC International Fringe Festival, Actors Express Theatre, Currican Theatre, Annex Theatre, Celebration Theatre, and The National Black Theatre Festival, among others. They have taught at Catholic University, The Kennedy School at Harvard University, UCLA Extension, Indiana University, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project, Iowa State University, Columbia College in Chicago, USC, American Film Academy, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Cincinnati, The Union Institute, The Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Cal State LA. They are published authors and members of companies such as Cincinnati Shakespeare, Lit Theater, The Odyssey Theatre Company, The Neo Ensemble Theatre, The Road Theater Company, Rogue Machine Theatre, The National Shakespeare Company, The Company of Angels, The Open Fist Theatre Company, Musical Theatre Guild, The Los Angeles Theater Center’s WORDSMITH Program, Organization of Black Screenwriters, The Golden West Playwrights, and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.