New Playwrights Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit, charitable 501(c)3 corporation originally formed in 1969 to "aid, nurture, and develop lesser-known local writers, to help them disseminate their works and establish their careers."
From the earliest days of its existence, NPF has helped nascent playwrights, screenwriters, novelists, poets, actors, producers and directors sharpen their skills and better realize their potential through an ongoing writers workshop and other means. In April of 2017 we hosted a booth at the prestigious Los Angeles Times Festival of Books where five of our writers showcased their novels.
NPF has also been able to aid playwrights and writers for other media to procure production funds and services via donations, and by serving as an umbrella organization for new and unestablished theater, video and film artists seeking grants for specific projects.
We welcome opportunities for outreach to the community. We invited high school students to intern on the set of one of our feature film productions and participated in a play reading and discussion at a high school in South Central Los Angeles. We offer periodic presentations on copyright protection free of charge and are planning to expand our workshop sessions with leadership on topics such as creating log lines, writing under pressure, etc.
NPF celebrated our first 30 years with a two-day retrospective presentation at Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium. The program included scenes from plays and musicals by NPF members as well as clips from films written by members and, in many cases, co-produced by NPF during the prior three decades. To mark our 50th anniversary we planned a production for the 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Our project, showcasing 10 mew short plays, has been postponed due to the pandemic.
The writers workshop meets alternate Thursday nights in the Santa Monica area. Visitors are welcome to attend, and may submit their work for review after participating in at least three regular meetings and making a $25.00 annual donation. For the date and location of the next workshop session, and information on screenings, premieres, and other events, call (310) 393-3682.