WINTER 2017 SESSION BEGINS Saturday, January 28, 2017!


January 28 through April 29, 2017
Saturdays from 10AM-2PM  (No class on 2/11, 3/11 and 4/15; subject to change)

Instruction by Doris Baizley
Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center
222 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fee: $550 (ACTS members $525)

This new-play development workshop gives playwrights the opportunity to work intensively on revising a full-length play and bringing it to completion–the goal being a polished script ready for submission to theaters, festivals, and contests. The workshop features weekly lessons on different aspects of the rewriting process, writing exercises to help lead playwrights into a deeper understanding of their work, reading assignments of relevant plays by well-known authors, and group outings to play productions around town. Aside from weekly monitoring of each playwright’s progress, each playwright will also have class time dedicated to receiving comprehensive notes on two different drafts of his or her play. Directed feedback sessions will help playwrights realize their own unique vision and voice; equally important is participating in each other’s feedback sessions, as all the playwrights will find common ground in the issues that concern them during the rewriting phase.

Enrollment is by application only, and the workshop is limited.

Doris-BaizleyDoris Baizley 

is adjunct professor of Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University where she teaches the documentary theater class Voices Of Justice with Sister Judith Royer. Baizley’s plays include MRS. CALIFORNIA, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, TEARS OF RAGE, and SHILOH RULES produced by many US regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, ACT Seattle, and the Alabama Shakespeare Company. Her community-based plays include ONE DAY/SARAH HOUSE (Living and Dreaming in Hospice), winner of a Santa Barbara Independent Press Award for 2009 best original script, and SEXSTING, winner of a Guthrie Theater /Playwrights Center Two-Headed Challenge Commission and listed by the LA Weekly as one of the ten best plays of ‘13. As story editor for documentary films she has worked on: EMILE NORMAN: by His Own Design, winner of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival HBO Audience Award ‘07; WE STILL LIVE HERE! As Nutayanean, winner Full Frame Documentary Festival Inspiration Award and Telluride Moving Mountains Award ‘11; REBELS WITH A CAUSE, winner Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award, 2012. Most recently she has worked with cinematographer Kirsten Johnson on her film memoir, A BLIND EYE (opening in 2016 as CAMERAPERSON) and was story consultant for Avi Lewis’s THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING from the book by Naomi Klein.


  • You must have a completed draft of a full-length play by the time the workshop begins.
  • You must commit to attending all sessions of the workshop (with few exceptions under some circumstances).
  • You must agree to complete all reading assignments. Aside from reading the work of classmates, an additional 4 to 6 plays will be required reading during the course of the semester.
  • You must agree to attend all play field trips. Playwrights will go to see 2 to 3 plays during the course of the semester.


  • A brief one-paragraph synopsis of your play.
  • A brief explanation of why this workshop sounds right for you.
  • A PDF version of the first 10 pages of your play.
  • E-mail these items to literary@eastwestplayers.org by Monday, January 2, 2017.

*Fifty percent (50%) of class fees are required to reserve a space in the course if you are accepted. The balance is due by the first class.  

Questions? Contact the Literary Department at literary@eastwestplayers.org.