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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 30 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 300 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, classes in the New Play Institute, and the Producing Partnership Initiative/Commissioning Program with local and national theaters. In 2004 PF won the Will Glickman Award for its co-production of DOG ACT by Liz Duffy Adams with Shotgun Players.