New Play Development

Botanicum Seedlings

Interested in new works for the stage? Since its creation in 2002, Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights has supported nearly 200 new plays, over 60 of which have gone on to be published, win awards or receive major productions across the country.

Please note that public Seedlings Playreadings are on hiatus for 2020.

We will, however, be offering two sessions of our Dramaturgy Workshop, and plan to be back in 2021 to celebrate 20 years of new plays with Summer Playreadings open to the public as an adjunct to Theatricum’s Repertory Season, as well as a number of private GreenReads.

Botanicum 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.

Click Here for our Submission Guidelines

Congratulations to Joanna Garner – her play The Orange Garden was chosen to receive the 2018 “Izzy”Award!

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Seedlings Dramaturgy Workshop GreenReadAlso for Playwrights

Seedlings offers its one-of-a-kind Dramaturgy Workshop twice a year, where playwrights dig into “finished” first drafts (or abandoned drafts!) outdoors in Topanga under the guidance of Theatricum playwright-in-residence Jennie Webb. Held over the course of two months on alternating Sundays, the Workshop culminates in developmental GreenReads with professional Theatricum actors.

Enrollment Limited to 4 Playwrights by Submission OnlyNext Session begins June 14, 2020 (June 1 Submission Deadline)

Also available, Private Dramaturgy.

seedlings new play reading theatricum botanicumFrom our Playwrights

“Botanicum Seedlings is an outstanding development program… The actors were fantastic and smart, the feedback was tremendously helpful, and the location—up in beautiful Topanga Canyon, at Theatricum Botanicum’s small outdoor stage—can’t be beat!”
EM Lewis, Playwright, Teacher & Librettist

“My experience with Seedlings was more than great. These people take risks!”
Damon Chua, Playwright, Poet & Producer

“Working with Theatricum is like working with your favorite aunt, crazy uncle, and all your rambunctious nieces and nephews… only they’re all SUPER talented, incredibly dedicated to your work, and don’t hold it against you when you spike the punch. I am so thankful for the Seedlings program, not just in that it has given me a place to develop my work, but to also develop my network—which is, in a word, invaluable.”
Tiffany Antone, Playwright, Educator & Theatre-maker

“Seedlings was a wonderful and exciting process where everyone really respected the text and really wanted to support the playwright… I would love to go back and work there again anytime.”
Jonathan Goldberg, Playwright

“The Seedlings program has been crucial in my development as a playwright. The directors and actors involved are all terrifically talented, and having such a great team involved meant that I was able to hear my play without any interference… Some of these directors and actors continue to be good friends and colleagues, and I have the Seedlings program to thank for these important artistic relationships.”

Tira Palmquist, Playwright, Dramaturg & Teacher