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Playwrights Project and giveBIG: A Chat with Lizzie Silverman

Lizzie Silverman

Lizzie Silverman

Tell us about yourself.

My first involvement with Playwrights Project was in November 2010, when my play The Art of Disappearing was selected for dramaturgical development in the Play by Play program for emerging adult playwrights. I also served as Assistant Stage Manager on Playwrights Project’s 2011 Plays by Young Writers festival. I worked at Cygnet Theatre for almost three years, collaborating closely with Playwrights Project on the 2013 Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival. I am also the co-founder of New Play Café, a theatre company dedicated to new work by local writers. In July, my one act play “Unplugged” will be performed as part of Scripps Ranch Theatre’s third annual Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City. I am currently the full-time Office Manager at Playwrights Project.


What is giveBIG?

giveBIG is an online networking and giving event on May 6, 2014 that provides hundreds of local nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to and start relationships with new donors. As a major incentive for success, The San Diego Foundation has offered an incentive pool of $150,000 to encourage giving during this 24-hour event.

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How is Playwrights Project participating?

Please join Playwrights Project for a fun Open House on May 6, 4:00-8:00pm, at 2372 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. Come find out more about this inspiring organization; meet the staff, board members, teaching artists, and actors. Stay for a drink and light snacks and learn about Playwrights Project’s programs – you may even see a short improvisation or reading!

Plus, on May 6, any donation of $25 or more made to Playwrights Project through the giveBIG website will go further because of the incentive pool funds. There will be a laptop at the Open House so that you can make your giveBIG contribution. Can’t attend? You can still donate online on May 6! Here’s the link to the donate page (donation form will be active on May 6):

For more details about the Open House and Playwrights Project’s participation in giveBIG, visit

Playwrights Project Founder Deborah Salzer

Anahid Shahrik and Diep Huynh in Forty Miles from Tel Aviv, Plays by Young Writers Festival 2003

Anahid Shahrik and Diep Huynh in Forty Miles from Tel Aviv, Plays by Young Writers Festival 2003

How does Playwrights Project benefit our community?

Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project reaches up to 10,000 people annually through programs proven to teach the power of spoken and written language; nurture promising young writers; and develop theatre artists and audiences. Along with classroom programs, Playwrights Project conducts the annual California Young Playwrights Contest for writers under the age of 19, and professionally produces the winning scripts. Other programs dramatize stories from the lives of seniors, foster youth, and underserved populations, and support the development of emerging playwrights.

Carol Cabrera and Patrick McBride in Fairy Tale, Plays by Young Writers Festival 2014

Carol Cabrera and Patrick McBride in Fairy Tale, Plays by Young Writers Festival 2014

Playwrights Devyn Krevat, Zoe Kamil, and Carly Cipriano

Playwrights Devyn Krevat, Zoe Kamil, and Carly Cipriano

How can our community support Playwrights Project?

Spread the word! Let people know that you plan to donate to Playwrights Project on May 6 through giveBIG. And please tell folks about the Open House – we would love to see some new faces. Follow Playwrights Project on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates, and please share this event with your friends, family, and colleagues!

Thanks for talking with us Lizzie! And good luck to Playwrights Project and giveBIG!


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