Interested in new works for the stage? Since its creation in 2002, Seedlings has supported over 150 new plays, over 50 of which have gone on to be published, win awards or receive major productions across the country. Contact Us to get involved.
We’re on hiatus from public programming this summer while we secure program funding, but are continuing our workshops for playwrights!
Held over the course of two months, this one-of-a-kind workshop helps selected playwrights dig in, work through roadblocks, and move their plays to the next level with the support of other writers and fresh dramaturgical tools from Theatricum playwright-in-residence Jennie Webb. The workshop culminates in Seedlings GreenReads with professional Theatricum actors.
Ready to take that play (or screenplay that wants to be onstage!) out of the drawer and into the fresh air at Theatricum? Summer and Fall Sessions are held outdoors in Topanga.
Summer Session begins June 24 – Sundays 12-3 pm, June 24, July 8 & 22, August 5; GreenReads August 18 & 19 (Dates/Times subject to change)
Enrollment by Submission Only – Limited to 4 Playwrights. Summer Submission Deadline June 15
Fall Session begins September 9 – Sundays 12-3 pm, September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21; GreenReads November 3 & 4 (Dates/Times subject to change)
Enrollment by Submission Only – Limited to 4 Playwrights. Fall Submission Deadline September 1
Workshop Fee: $325
Interested playwrights should send a draft of the play to be developed (early drafts are okay!), a statement of intent (where do you see your play going in the course of the workshop?) and a bio or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings. We also encourage submissions from playwrights of color and other underrepresented artists.
“There are many wonderful workshops that will help you write the first drafts of your plays—only one stellar workshop that will help you take it to the next level with a thorough second draft. Seedlings Dramaturgy Workshop is this workshop.”
–Katherine James, Playwright, Director & Actor
“Jennie Webb is encouraging and informative, and helped me to view my play from new perspectives. She inspired me to question aspects of not only what I was writing, but why I was writing them. This workshop opened my eyes to layers of my work that I hadn’t realized existed, and gave me the tools I needed to work towards completing my play.”
–Susan Chambers, Playwright
“Jennie is the best writing coach you could ask for! She is a smart detective who knows all the right questions to ask of the writer to draw out the best story possible. My play went from good to amazing because of her guidance.”
–Gina Torrecilla, Writer, Actor & Voice Artist
“Jennie Webb cares about theatre—and she cares about new plays. I’ve run into very few people with the level of passion for art and writing that Jennie possesses, and her genuine warmth always lets me know that I’m in the presence of someone I can entrust with my work. She has a unique way of seeing into a play. She doesn’t stop at the surface. She looks for the hidden poetry in the piece. She is sensitive to the author’s intention and commits herself to viewing a play with that in mind always asking, How can this be the best possible play the writer can write—and what can I do to help?”
–Paula Cizmar, Playwright & Writing Instructor