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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

I have been a member of PlayGround for 8 years. They are an exceptional group of extremely hard working theater professionals dedicated to nurturing Playwrights and supporting local actors and directors. PlayGround is the main source of my inspiration as a writer and has given me the essential support and feedback that a writer needs to grow. And the great work continues; each season brings new programs and new opportunities. Above all, PlayGround has created a welcoming community for theater artists who collaborate not just on PlayGround projects, but on projects of all kinds. PlayGround is a powerful engine that drives new work and performance. This is all done on a tiny budget. If you are interested in the development of new work, consider joining PlayGround as a subscriber, writer, actor, director, or supporter.