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Playwriting Prizes Are Available


As a part of their new partnership PLAY LA, Center Theatre Group and Humanitas will be accepting submissions starting June 1 for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize, which supports Southern California playwrights.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30. Three finalists will be notified in mid-December and the winner will be announced at the 41st Annual Humanitas Prize Awards Luncheon in February of 2016. This is the first year Humanitas and CTG are awarding this annual prize.

The annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize will be awarded to the best new unproduced play written by a Southern California-based emerging or mid-career writer. The playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a local theatre to subsidize the play’s world-premiere production. Two runners-up will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.

The winning and runner-up plays will be developed with CTG’s literary staff, led by CTG’s Director of New Play Development Pier Carlo Talenti, and presented in professional readings in the spring of 2016 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of a weekend celebration of new plays headlined by “Thanksgiving,” written by Humanitas Board of Directors Member John Sacret Young (“China Beach,” “The West Wing”).

To submit, visit: to complete the application and upload a script. In order to be considered, the playwright must reside in Southern California, the script must be unproduced and the play must not yet be slated for a production in Los Angeles.

Only one play per playwright will be accepted. Prize winners will be selected by a panel of noted Los Angeles theatre artists and CTG’s literary staff in conjunction with the Humanitas board of directors, trustees and executive director.

May 27, 2015


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