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 12-18, 2021


The SheLA Summer Theater Festival

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




That’s a Wrap!

Thank you so much to the hundreds of audience members who tuned in from all over the world to support theater by women. Our last performance was on July 19, but you can still learn more about the 2020 Festival shows by clicking the links below. We can’t wait to see you back in person in the Zephyr Theatre in Summer 2021! 

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Written & Directed by Cristina Martinez

*This performance will be streamed with captions.

DIPPED IN HONEY is a bilingual surreal poem of a play about the loss of innocence between three children and their parents as they come to terms with the sad realities in their world. Set in Los Angeles, this play deals with the dichotomy of the Latinx experience.


Cristina Alicia Martinez Lara is a 23-year-old playwright from South-Central Los Angeles. Her play Dipped In Honey recently won The Robert Fisher Oxnam Award and was a part of the Latino Theater Company’s 2019 Summer Play Reading Series. She is a 2019 graduate from Drew University with a BA in Theatre.

Written by Ailema Sousa

Directed by Ani Marderosian

*This performance will be streamed with captions.

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”.


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.


A New Musical written & directed by Nikea Randolph

Tommie Robinson grew up very sure of three things. She was black, she was religious, and she was very gay. Growing up in the south, she often wondered which of these things would kill her first. As Tommie heads off to her first year of college she yearns to feel normal in her own skin while avoiding her biggest fear- disappointing her parents, especially her father. Overwhelmed and driven by the weight she feels from everyone back home, Tommie journeys through loss, love, and an internal battle to get to know the person she wants to love most — herself.


Nikea Randolph is a composer that has only recently decided to venture into the wonderful world of theatre. Nikea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Columbia College and a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of South Carolina. While her chamber music has been performed in festivals across the country, There’s Always Love is Nikea’s first project as a playwright, but she does not intend on it being her last!

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

*This performance will be streamed with captions.

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.


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.

SheLA 2019 Shows got 5 Broadwayworld Regional Award Nominations!

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!