Welcome to LAUNCH PAD
A Letter from our Artistic Director...
Along with UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang, the Department of Theater and Dance and LAUNCH PAD condemn in the strongest possible terms violence, racism, bigotry and discrimination against Asian people and all members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We also continue to stand with the Black community, and commit to doing our part to support Black voices through the art we create, the scholarship we provide, and the teaching we impart.
We started LAUNCH PAD 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 (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices through workshops, readings, and preview productions.
We are meeting the challenges of 2021 through our rich tradition of innovation and collaboration. Together with National New Play Network, and UCSB's AMPLIFY and New and Reimagined Work, we presented the BIPOC Reading Series Festival on April 2 & 3.
Enjoy this virtual conversation with our six playwrights from the BIPOC Festival.
"Shanghai" by Linda Alper is our Preview Production for the 2020-2021 academic year. 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
Written by Linda Alper
Directed by Sara Rademacher
(More details coming soon!)
In the meantime, please read more by clicking here.
In The News...
Dramatic Publishing announces the publication and exclusive licensing of LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together Festival of short plays and monologues!
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