Welcome to LAUNCH PAD!
BLACK LIVES MATTER
As our UCSB Chancellor Yang so eloquently expressed to the university community on May 29, 2020, "We share the anguish, outrage, and grief of our black community. We stand together in solidarity against hate and injustice."
The Department of Theater and Dance and LAUNCH PAD continue to stand with the Black community. We commit to doing our part to support and lift up Black voices through the art we create, the scholarship we provide, and the teaching we impart.
We started LAUNCHPAD in 2005 and are proud to have supported so many great playwrights and plays on their journey from incubation to professional world premiere. And we know we can do better. We make an ongoing commitment to honor and amplify BIPOC voices through workshops, readings, and preview productions.
The concept of the “Preview Production” is unique in American theater: a fully realized production of a new play without the pressures of the commercial world; the play stays in previews throughout the run of the show, allowing the writer to continue revising as the piece evolves through performance. The combination of our talented students, faculty, and professional guest artists working side by side makes for a rich experience for all.
We are excited to have you join us for these fresh, timely, provocative, and entertaining new plays. Be there from the beginning, and you can say “Hey! I saw that play at UCSB before anyone else.”
- Risa Brainin, Artistic Director
in July and August...
This summer's featured playwrights:
Linda Alper, Barbara Lebow, James Still,
and Cheryl L. West.
Save these dates to join us for live staged
readings of their four new plays:
July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 8.
(Stay after for a Q&A with the artists!)
Guest artists include Irwin Appel, Michael Bernard, Chuck Cooper, Julie Fishell, Katherine Hamilton,
Kaede Kogo, Allison McSwain, Shaunyce Omar, Luan Schooler, Christine Sumption, Annie Torsiglieri, and Martin Wong.
Use this link to join the virtual audience for July 17, July 31, and August 8.
(A different link will be provided for August 8.)
in the Fall...
Collections of Nothing More or Less
a new play by William Davies King
Collections of Nothing More or Less is being rescheduled. As soon
as we have the new date, we will post it here.
Directed by Risa Brainin and featuring Irwin Appel and Anne Torsiglieri.
This event is part of the IHC's Critical Mass Series.
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