Artists Under Commission

The La Jolla Playhouse team is passionate about creating a place where new American plays and musicals come to life. To this end, the Playhouse runs a robust commissioning program that provides both emerging and established playwrights resources to draft a new play.

These commissions may evolve at the Playhouse in the shape of readings, workshops and full productions. Some notable Playhouse Commissioned works that went on to full productions include:

The Coast Starlight
Commissioned Artist: Keith Bunin
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse, 2019

What Happens Next
A Without Walls Production, in association with Cornerstone Theater Company
Commissioned Artist: Naomi Iizuka
World Premiere: Challenged Athletes Foundation, 2018

Model Home
Commissioned Artist: Mimi Lien
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, 2017

Miss You Like Hell
Commissioned Artists: Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse, 2016
Off-Broadway: Public Theatre, 2018

The Bitter Game
Commissioned Artist: Keith Wallace
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, 2015
New York: Under the Radar Festival, 2017

Seafoam Sleepwalk
Commissioned Artist: Basil Twist
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, 2013

Hands on a Hardbody
Commissioned Artists: Doug Wright, Amanda Green, Trey Anastasio
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse, 2012
Broadway: Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 2013

Milk Like Sugar
Commissioned Artist: Kirsten Greenidge
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse, 2011
Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons 2012
Regional: Huntington Theatre Company, 2016

Commissioned Artist: Claudia Shear
World Premiere: La Jolla Playhouse, 2009
Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop, 2010


Artists Currently Under Commission

The Playhouse is honored to have the following award-winning artists currently under commission:

Todd Almond
Jeff Augustin
Daniel Beaty
Keith Bunin
Guillermo Calderón
Fernanda Coppel
Kara Lee Corthron
Steph Del Rosso
Kristoffer Diaz
Noah Diaz
Ava Geyer
Idris Goodwin
Kirsten Greenidge
Joe Iconis
Hansol Jung
Mike Lew
Rehana Lew Mirza
Martyna Majok
Mona Mansour
Gregory S. Moss
Lisa Peterson
Theresa Rebeck
Claudia Shear
Christopher Shinn
Mat Smart
Octavio Solis
Benjamin Velez
Keith Wallace
Cheryl L. West
Lauren Yee


Photo credit: Playwright Jeff Augustin and Director Joshua Kahan Brody during a reading of The Last Tiger in Haiti; photo by Jim Carmody.

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