For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
PlayGround is a center for new play development, connecting first-time and emerging playwrights with established professional actors and directors to generate new work for Bay Area theaters. It commissions numerous ten-minute short plays for its monthly readings and annual festival, and then fully develops the best works into new full-length plays. The company has helped more than 200 local playwrights create new works to reach annual audiences of more than 4,000 people.
About the Grantee
3286 Adeline Street, Suite 8, Berkeley, CA, 94703-2485, United States
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for general operating support  
Through a well-honed new-play development process, PlayGround links first-time or rising playwrights with established professional actors and directors to generate new work for Bay Area theaters. PlayGround annually selects thirty-six writers who have never had a play produced by a major theater. They then compete to join PlayGround’s pool of playwrights and be one of six whose short plays are produced at a monthly showcase. The best of these "playlets" are then presented in an annual festival, which brings emerging writers to the attention of local directors and producers and results in commissions for new full-length plays.
for general operating support  
PlayGround is an incubator for the development of new local voices for the theater, providing unique opportunities for the cultivation and development of early-career local playwrights, and partnerships with leading professional directors, actors, and theaters. Through the development of original short and full-length plays, PlayGround supports emerging playwrights’ experimentation and risk-taking, while helping them hone their individual style and technique. Popular for its high-energy Monday Night PlayGround, a staged short play reading series from October through March at Berkeley Rep, PlayGround has also recently become a resident company at Potrero Stage in San Francisco. A renewal grant will support PlayGround’s annual commissioning program, and the production of full-length plays.

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