The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) is a service and support organization dedicated to protecting the rights and addressing the professional needs of the Los Angeles playwriting community. Founded in 1992, ALAP has a large and diverse membership of area playwrights ranging from students and beginning writers to established professionals. ALAP is all-volunteer, and is a project of Community Partners, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Among the events and programs ALAP sponsors are the Annual Reading Festival, which features rehearsed readings of members' plays chosen by a panel of judges; the Gay and Lesbian Play Reading Festival, supported by the City of West Hollywood as part of Gay Pride Month festivities; the Playwrights Expo, which brings together playwrights and representatives of scores of local and national theatres; a major annual daylong event - Dramapalooza, Dramageddon, Dramapocalypto, and Dramalicious have been some of the tongue-in-cheek titles - which may include programs such as the Producer/Director/Dramatist Exchange, Monologue and Scene Slams, the Playwright's Playpen, and varied workshops and professional panels; the In Our Own Voices series, in which member playwrights read from and share their work with other writers and theatre professionals; symposiums and panel discussions; and networking and social events such as the Annual Meeting and 12th Nite Party, the Spring Cocktail Party, and the Summer Picnic.
ALAP also hosts an almost-monthly gathering we call the ALAP Salo(o)n, generally held in a member's home, which combines a brief business meeting with an hour or so of informal socializing over snacks and champagne.
The bimonthly New Works Lab,in which a local theatre company (we rotate among some of the best groups in the area) does a non-public table reading and moderated discussion of a script, helps members develop their plays in a safe environment, while at the same time introducing them to groups with an interest in new writing. Click here for submission guidelines.
ALAP's website includes Meet Our Members, where members post their credits and a photo; a Script Catalogue, where members list their plays available for production to theatres and producers around the world; a Production Archive, where members list recent productions of their work; Sample Contracts which can serve as templates for production contracts and agreements for readings; as well as links to the current NewsFlash and a listing of upcoming ALAP events. The ALAP Email List keeps a wide audience posted on upcoming ALAP events and member productions and play readings. Click here to sign up for the ALAP email list.
The Members Only area of the site includes the Members-Only Email List, which alerts members to discounted or free tickets to shows, as well as submission opportunities from theatres and festivals; the ALAP Resource Guide to LA Theatre, which lists more than 300 SoCal theatres, producers, and playwrights' groups; the ALAP Actor Database, with photos and resumes of actors who have indicated interest in being considered for readings and productions of new work; the ALAP Director Database,with resumes and statements by directors interested in helming new works; and the ALAP Support Worker Database, where those looking to assist our members with office work, research or other support tasks can place their resumes and statements. Listing in the Databases is free. Click to register for the Actor Database or Director Database or Support Worker Database.
Dues of $40 per year ($20 for full-time students with valid ID), or $275 for Lifetime Membership, are tax-deductible. Click here for a membership application.
Dan Berkowitz | Jonathan Dorf