Playwrights’ Arena, under the leadership of artistic director Jon Lawrence Rivera, is dedicated to discovering, nurturing and producing bold new works for the stage written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights.

Playwrights’ Arena develops new materials through several series of readings, workshops and round table discussions.

Local playwrights are encouraged to create original, adventurous, daring materials with the intent of challenging the mind, touching the heart and provoking the spirit.

Playwrights Arena was founded in 1992 by Jon Lawrence Rivera and Steve Tyler.

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Artistic Contributors
    Board of Directors
  • Rebecca Anderson
  • Brett Battles
  • Andrea Cockrum
  • Scott Freeman
  • Peter H. Jones
  • Jon Lawrence Rivera
  • Raul Clayton Staggs
    Advisory Committee
  • Ted Benito
  • Andrew Brettler
  • Jill Brousard
  • Marta Holen
  • Alan Mandell
  • Jerry Oshinsky
  • Bill Pullman
  • Doug Savant
  • Elisabeth Shue
  • Barbara Trembley
    Artistic Associates
  • Luis Alfaro
  • Boni B. Alvarez
  • Howard Ho
  • Velina Hasu Houston
  • Donald Jolly
  • Christopher Scott Murillo
  • Mylette Nora
  • Michael Premsrirat
  • Nick Salamone
  • Janine Salinas Schoenberg
  • R. Christopher Stokes
    Artistic Director
  • Jon Lawrence Rivera
    Literary Manager
  • Adrian Centeno
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514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
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PLAYWRIGHTS’ ARENA accepts unsolicited full-length plays from Los Angeles-based playwrights only and that comply with the company’s mission statement.

We do not accept one-acts (less than 70 minutes long), one-person shows or “kitchen sink” dramas. Please submit the entire script with a cover letter and playwright’s bio using the form below.

As with all theaters, response time will depend on the number of current submissions for review (up to six months).

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