John Lion New Plays Festival

The John Lion New Plays Festival 2018

This coming academic year is the 20th anniversary of The John Lion New Plays Festival.  Every other year, under the leadership and mentorship of Cal State LA Professor and renowned playwright, José Cruz González, student-written original plays are developed and then directed by invited professional directors for full main-stage premieres. 

This year's selections are:

Being an American by Ye Ju Choi, MFA in TVFT ('17), directed by José Cruz González

Untitled by Sigrid Gilmer, Created from the work generated by Cal State LA students: Maricar Alba, David Alvarez, Karen Arana, César Ramirez-Gamiño, DaTrice Hamilton, Darsy Hernandez, Nayla Hull, Grace Murphy, Bre'anna Patterson, Yanitze Pimentel, Khaleana Reanne, Sahib Singh, Coryne Turner, directed by Randee Trabitz

Rosado by Nicole Santiago, MFA in TVFT student, directed by Sara Guerrero

INTIMATE THEATRE AT THE LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX,  April 19, 20, 21, 2018 at 7:30pm | April 22, 2018 at 2:30pm | April 26-28, 2018 at 7:30pm

2018 marks the 20th Annversary of the John Lion New Plays Festival!

Since 1997, CSULA’s former Theatre Arts & Dance Department (Theatre & Dance) has premiered 70 new plays written by our undergraduate and graduate students in The John
Lion New Plays Festival. Past highlights include recognition by the prestigious Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Each play has been developed through tutorials,
workshop readings, and production. Our playwrights have collaborated with guest directors, designers, faculty, actors, and student dramaturgs throughout the process.

As a special addition to the festival, we have commissioned Sigrid Gilmer, Cal State LA Theatre Arts and Dance alum, playwright, and writer on the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, to work with students to create a new piece that will premier in the festival along with the original student plays.  Ms. Gilmer was one of the student playwrights whose work was chosen for the very first New Plays Festival and she will share her experience and talent with a chosen group of students.  This fall 2017, the course TA 4890 Advanced Creative Workshop, was used as the incubator to develop and devise this new work.