The John Lion New Plays Festival- 20th Anniversary

Event date and time

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00pm


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.  Professor González is busy reading and the chosen pieces will be announced later this summer. 

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.  We will use the course TA 4890 Advanced Creative Workshop, in the fall semester, as the incubator to develop and devise this new work.


Intimate Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex
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