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Welcome to LAUNCH PAD

A Letter from our Artistic Director...

Welcome to LAUNCH PAD! 

We just wrapped our Summer Reading Series and were happy to see so many of you in attendance experiencing these vibrant works-in-process. 

LAUNCH PAD began in 2005, and we are proud to have supported so many talented playwrights and plays on their journey from incubation to professional world premiere.
The 2022 Preview Production of "A Medusa Thread" written by Candrice Jones and directed by Shirley Jo Finney was presented May 18-25. The "Preview Production”, a concept unique in the American theater, is a fully realized and professionally designed and directed production. The play stays in previews throughout the run of the show so the writer can continue to revise their work until the last performance. Watching talented students, faculty artists, and professional guest artists work side by side makes for an enriching experience for all...especially the audience.
Stay tuned for our upcoming “LAUNCH PAD Amplfy Reading Series Festival” in January 2023, followed by the preview production of “She Wolf, Margaret of Anjou" by Katie Bender in February/March 2023.
Thank you for being a part of the LAUNCH PAD family. If you ever have any questions about our work, please reach out to us at

Best wishes,


Upcoming Events...

Lots to come in the 2022-2023 season!
(save the dates)

3rd annual
LAUNCH PAD Amplify  
Reading Series Festival

Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, 2023

(formerly known as the BIPOC Reading Series Festival)

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She Wolf, Margaret of Anjou
by Katie Bender

February 22 - March 5, 2023


In The News...

Congratulations Idris!

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Idris Goodwin

Seattle Children's Theatre announces Idris Goodwin as its new Artistic Director!

Congratulations Kareem!

Playwright Kareem Fahmy
(with American Fast) is the
2022-23 Woodward/Newman Award Winner.

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American Fast was featured in
LAUNCH PAD's 2021 BIPOC Reading Series Festival.

Congratulations Stephanie!

Playwright Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters and
Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams 

wins 2022 Terrence McNally Award.

Stephanie received this award for the final part of her Koreatown Trilogy, 
Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams, which was featured in
LAUNCH PAD's 2022 BIPOC Reading Series Festival.



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Dramatic Publishing: publisher
and exclusive licensing of
LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together Festival
of short plays and monologues!

If you are interested in licensing the Alone, Together compilation,
please contact or visit their website.


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