New Playwrights Foundation is a 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, actors, producers and directors sharpen their skills and
better realize their potential through an ongoing writers workshop and other means, such as hosting a booth at the prestigious Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. In April of 2017 five of our writers showcased their novels at the Festival.
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, participated in a play reading and discussion at a high school in
South Central Los Angeles, and offer periodic presentations on copyright protection free of charge.
NPF will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. We 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.
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.