Amplify Reading Series Festival


The LAUNCH PAD Amplify Reading Series Festival (formerly known as the BIPOC Reading Series) was seeded in the BLM movement, cultivated during a pandemic, and brought to life through a dedication to centering equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in all our work.

"LAUNCH PAD is dedicated to the creation of new plays through a collaborative and nurturing process. The LAUNCH PAD Amplify Reading Series Festival is a fantastic exchange of ideas between emerging and veteran artists."
~ Risa Brainin, Artistic Director

Enjoy this conversation with the four playwrights
from our 2022 Festival.

Enjoy this conversation with the six playwrights
from our 2021 Festival.



National New Play Network (NNPN)

An alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. For over 20 years, NNPN has incubated and elevated new work by creating community, fostering collaboration, and standing firm in their unshakable belief that everything is better when we all work together.


A UCSB theater initiative which amplifies and supports the voices and stories of underrepresented people in order to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus and beyond.

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