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Playground Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Environment, Parks & Playgrounds, Theater

Mission: PlayGround is the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator. Our mission is to support the identification and professional development of the Bay Area's most promising emerging playwrights and, in the process, ensure the future of the American Theatre.

Programs: PlayGround's current programs include: the Monday Night PlayLab staged reading series, featuring six monthly readings of original short works by Bay Area emerging writers; the Emerging Playwright Awards and Festival, showcasing the top six writers and their work from each season of Monday Night PlayGround; the Commissioning Initative, by which PlayGround commissions and develops 6-7 new full-length plays each season; the New Play Production Fund, facilitating the premiere of new plays by local playwrights in partnership with Bay Area theatres; the Young Playwrights Project, recognizing the Bay Area's top high school dramatists; and monthly playwriting Intensives, led by some of the Bay Area's top professional playwrights, dramaturgs and producers.

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Rating: 5

Far and away, the best non-profit theater company I have ever encountered. They do more program than you can imagine - and they continue to expand, respond to client needs and promote community, creativity and collaboration. I simply cannot say enough about PlayGround, and if I keep going, it might sound too effusive. Suffice it to say that I owe my entire career as a playwright (and now a producer with my own production company) to PlayGround. Not only am I a client, I am also a volunteer and active donor. As a donor, I couldn't be more pleased with resource allocation and dollars managed and spent. They are terrific.