The SheLA Summer Theater Festival

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


 Our in-person festival has completed performances! However, you can still get tickets to the digital premieres of two of our shows, which will premiere online at the following times and be available for streaming for 5 days: 


July 22nd, 7:30pm: Fort Huachuca (available through July 27th at 11:59pm)

July 23rd, 7:30pm: We’re Not Friends (available through July 28th at 11:59pm)



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 14-18th, 2021 for an in-person summer theater festival of three new plays.


We’re Not Friends and Fort Huachuca will have their live performances video recorded and put online for those of you who can’t make it to the theater! The videos will premiere at the dates and times listed below, but will remain online for 5 days so you can watch at your convenience. 

July 22nd, 7:30pm: Fort Huachuca Digital Performance (available through July 27th at 11:59pm)

July 23rd, 7:30pm: We’re Not Friends Digital Performance (available through July 28th at 11:59pm)

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”.

Content warning: Please be advised that as a part of depicting this story and history honestly, this play contains offensive language and racial slurs.


FRIDAY, JULY 16 @ 7:30PM

*NEW: Digital Performance JULY 22 @ 7:30pm

Angolan born British actress & writer Ailema Sousa (Playwright) 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 this year.

Ani Marderosian (Director) 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 include: Wonder of the World, The First and the Last (Encore Award), The Baltimore Walt, and Bismillah. Ani is currently a full-time actor for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre as well as a voiceover artist for KCRW. Special thanks to SheLA, Ailema for the opportunity, and her friends and family! Phil 4:13. 


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 musician 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.


Trigger warning: Depiction of violence, sexual assault, and strong language.

Ali MacLean (Playwright) is a graduate of the Miami University and LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatories She won the John Gassner and Julie Harris Playwriting Awards, She NYC Arts Best Production, and finalist for The O’Neill and BroadwayWorld Best Director. She’s a Women In Film mentee, Writer For Writer and Stow Story Labs fellow, and won the David Sedaris Writing Prize. Ali’s a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, Antaeus Theatre Playwrights Lab, and the Dramatists Guild.

Jason Weiss (Director) 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

Content Warning: Depiction of anxiety disorder.

NEW: Digital Performance JULY 23 @ 7:30pm

Caroline Ullman (director/playwright) is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Her previous theater credits include Charlie Boyd, which she 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 Tierney, Abbey and Anna for being absolute rockstars.