Compelling New Works

The Ojai Playwrights Conference is known for developing the work of emerging and seasoned writers since the annual conference began in 1998. Many plays developed at OPC have gone on to prominent productions at theatres throughout the United States and the world, from the Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway, London’s West End and theaters in Asia and Africa.

Bill Cain, who developed Equivocation and 9 Circles at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, is the first playwright ever to win two consecutive Steinberg/ATCA Best New Play Awards, first for Equivocation in 2010 and then for 9 Circles in 2011.

Stephen Adly Guirgis Motherf*cker With A Hat, also developed at OPC, was honored with numerous Tony Award wins and nominations, including Best Play. 

Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities opened on Broadway in 2011, and soon after, Baitz became a Pulitzer prize finalist for this play.

These are but a few of the many success
stories of plays developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

The 21st Summer Conference and New Works Festival will take place July 29 - August 12, 2018


The Ojai Playwrights Conference is one of the few developmental groups left that values the reading and workshop process as an important avenue through which playwrights can more fully realize their intentions with a play.

Ours is a conference centered around playwrights and their new plays. We believe the theater can be a vital and essential forum for the exchange of new and challenging ideas about the world in which we live. We seek out plays and playwrights who share this vision.

Robert Egan

OPC Artistic Director/Producer