The SheLA Summer Theater Festival

The premiere festival for new, original, creative works by women playwrights and composers in Los Angeles


 Coming back to The Zephyr Theatre July 14-18, 2021



The SheLA Summer Theater Festival

The premiere festival for new, original, creative works by women playwrights and composers in Los Angeles




SheLA 2021 Announcement!

We’ll be back in the Zephyr Theatre July 12-18th for an in-person summer theater festival, featuring your favorite shows that you saw digitally in 2020 – this time, in person! We may also offer a digital ticket for those who are not comfortable going back into a theater just yet, where you will be able to watch filmed version of the shows. Not all of the shows will be available digitally. Stay tuned for more information in mid-June.


In order to be admitted entry into the theater, all patrons MUST show either: proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in the 48 hours prior to the show time. Patrons will also be asked to wear masks during the performance. These measures are non-negotiable and are implemented for the safety of our staff and performers, who are held to the same testing/vaccination requirements.

Click the icons below to learn more about each show. All show times are in Pacific Time.

Written by Ailema Sousa

Directed by Ani Marderosian

Set in segregated America, FORT HUACHUCA follows the lives of five African American women who enlist in the army to train as nurses. They are sent to an army base camp in Arizona, where they embark on one of the biggest challenges of their lives. Universal and real, this story tackles social issues that are still relevant today: racism and sexism. It’s an inside look at survival in the army in the 1940s, when society treated women and people of color as “less than”.


FRIDAY, JULY 16 @ 7:30PM

Angolan-born British actress & writer Ailema Sousa graduated from the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2016. Winner of ‘The Most Promising Playwright’ award at the Los Angeles Fringe Festival (2018), she was later commissioned to write her second play ‘Morongo’ by the Inkwell Theatre Company for a staged reading. Ailema will be debuting her first full length staged play ‘Fort Huachuca’ at the SheLA festival.

Ani Marderosian holds a degree in Theatre (Directing and Education emphasis’) from CSU Fullerton. Most recent acting roles include: Maria (West Side Story) Fantine (Les Miserables), and Olivia (Twelfth Night). Most recent directing credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Wonder of the World, To Each His Own, The First and the Last (Encore Award), and The Baltimore Waltz. Ani is currently a full-time actor for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre.


Written by Ali MacLean

Directed by Jason Weiss

THIS WILL BE OUR YEAR is a rock and roll Greek tragedy about a star-crossed, toxic love affair between a British rock star and a New York designer. In this modern tale of love and longing, Hugo and Gen, over the span of ten years, are cursed to destroy each other’s lives. This is the second from MacLean’s Zombies Plays Trilogy – plays based on songs by the 60’s rock group The Zombies. Each play examines relationships from a different toxic theme. When love is the drug, relationships have the ability to make zombies of us all.


Ali MacLean is a graduate of Miami University actor’s program and LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatory. She’s the winner of the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award, 2019 O’Neill finalist, 2019 She NYC Arts Best Production, and a BroadwayWorld Best Director nominee. She’s a Women In Film mentee, Writer For Writer fellow, and 2020 David Sedaris Humor Writing Prize winner. Ali’s a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, and the Dramatists Guild.

Jason Weiss is the Artistic Director of No Pants Theatre Co, a Board Member of Celebration Theatre, and an award-winning director, writer and actor. He lives in West Hollywood, CA with his wife Grace and his dog Atticus. Find him on social media @TheJasonWeiss.

Written & Directed by Caroline Ullman

Alex and Julia return to their childhood home after their youngest sister, Eva, has a particularly bad panic attack that sends her to the hospital. Together for the first time in over a year, the sisters are forced to come to the realization that despite being related, they don’t really know anything about each other. Through reminiscing, the comforts of home, and a few secrets they can’t believe they’ve never told each other, they begin to unpack their own mental health, and discover what it truly means to be there for one another.


SUNDAY, JULY 18 @ 1:30PM

Caroline Ullman is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Her previous theater credits include Charlie Boyd, which was directed as part of the SheLA 2019 festival. Caroline wrote this play for her sisters, who she still enjoys reading her diaries out loud to, and for her parents, who raised three incredibly strong women. She also wants to thank Abbey, Nicole and Emily for rehearsing an entire play over Zoom, and for being so groovy.