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Playwrights Foundation exists to revitalize the theater with new ideas by discovering and supporting the work of exceptional playwrights.
The Playwrights Foundation (PF), founded in 1976, initiated the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) to create a venue for vanguard playwrights to experiment with new ideas, to develop and nurture creative collaborative relationships, and push the boundaries of the form. As one of the first new play festivals in the US, sustained for 40 years by passionate members of the Bay Area theater community, the BAPF is a hothouse of new work, with creative development opportunities offered to nearly 500 contemporary playwrights to date.
Our award-winning alumni include Sam Shepard, David Henry Hwang, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Brighde Mullins, Liz Duffy Adams, Peter Nachtrieb, Abi Basch, and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, among many others.
Since 2004 PF has offered year-round programs for playwrights that include a seasonal new play reading series In The Rough, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the resident Playwrights Initiative, and the Producing Partnership Initiative/Commissioning Program with local and national theaters.