PICplays weaves live storytelling with a lecture series to inform and inspire audiences. From June through July 2020, we aim to host five online events lasting 45-60 minutes each, featuring three short 10 minute original plays as well as a Q&A by a renowned guest speaker. It is free and open to the public as we seek to promote awareness around these important issues. Register for one or all of the events!

Funding Our Cause

We are also working to raise $10,000 to provide each artist (playwrights, actors, directors) and guest speakers with an honorarium for their services. All donations which exceed our goal will help fund SERIES II: Immigration, Animal Conservation, American Militarism, Domestic Violence, and Contemporary Theology. If you have the means to donate during this difficult time, your donation will be tax deductible as Actors Circle Ensemble is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

Contributing artists

TO SUBMIT AS AN ARTIST:

  • Playwrights: please submit a 5-10 page sample.

  • Directors: please submit your portfolio/website and any directorial samples in theatre or film.

If you would like to be considered as a Director or Playwright, please send your request to:

Outreach@actorscircleensemble.com

Saturday, June 6 at 5:00pm PST

Unionism in America

Directors:

Victoria Nilsson, Richard Israel, Joshua Ster

Playwrights:

Casey J. Adler, Caleb John Cushing, Oren Peleg

Speaker:

Dr. Erik Loomis

Author of A History of America in Ten Strikes

(The New Press)

Saturday, June 13 at 5:00pm PST

Environmentalism

Directors:

Margaret Starbuck, Tyler Pavey, Susan Lynskey

Playwrights:

Martha Magruder, Mildred Lewis, Paul Ryan Hobson

Speaker:

Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell

Author of Fighting King Coal

(MIT Press)

Saturday, June 20 at 5:00pm PST

Education & Youth Empowerment

Directors: 

Helen Highfield, Jessica Francis Fichter,

Christa Scott-Reed

Playwrights:

Maggie Levin, Julia Doolittle, Brigitte Viellieu-Davis

Speaker:

Deborah Meier - MacArthur "genius" Award winner

Saturday, July 11 at 5:00pm PST

Discrimination

Directors: 

Baron Kelly, Melissa Mowry, Nico Sabenorio

Playwrights: 

Hassan Abdulrazzak, Darryl Wharton

Speaker:

Dr. Donavan L. Ramon

Author of Betraying Their Colored Descent: Racial Passing in American Literature

Saturday, July 18 at 5:00pm PST

Health Care

Directors:

Adam Davenport

Playwrights:

Samuel Gibson, Kisha Burgos

Speaker:

Dr. Robert Pollin

SPECIAL THANKS: 

Jessica Kubzansky of The Boston Court of Pasadena

Marta Ferrero

The Actor's Studio

To our generous Donors via GoFundMe