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Geffen Playhouse Announces Los Angeles Playwrights Residency Program

The Writers' Room will kick off in September.

Matt Shakman is the new artistic director of Geffen Playhouse.
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The Geffen Playhouse has announced the launch of the inaugural cycle of the Writers' Room, a forum for engagement and collaboration between Los Angeles playwrights.

The one-year residency begins in September and will be led by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel, the Geffen's newly named manager of New Play Development. In addition to the feedback of their fellow writers, members will receive dramaturgical support from the Geffen's artistic staff along with the opportunity to further develop their work with a director and actors, culminating in a reading that may be open to the public.

The program marks the next step in the Geffen's growth under artistic director Matt Shakman, whose vision for the theater emphasizes world-premiere productions and the development of bold, relevant work by the local artistic community.

Applications for the program are open to all playwrights who currently reside in Los Angeles. The submission deadline is May 7.


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