Our mission statement

The mission of the The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco (PCSF) is to encourage and develop local playwrights and promote script writing, audience development, and related arts.

PCSF was established in 1980 as a forum for playwrights to get together and hear their work read. Over the last 30 years it has grown to a membership organization that offers a number of successful programs that offer support and feedback to new and experienced playwrights alike and provides opportunities for actors and directors as well. Most of the playwrights in the organization have had their work produced around the country and in some cases the world. The focus at PCSF is to help playwrights learn the critical skills necessary to hone their craft, while providing an open, semi-formal but relaxed and friendly environment to develop new local work.


PCSF's play development program comprises scene nights, developmental readings and staged readings:

Scene Night: Playwrights bring in a short selection of a work in progress, have it read by professional actors and get feedback. Learn more about scene night.

Developmental Readings: An unrehearsed seated "At the Table" reading of a complete work in progress by professional actors in front of an audience with facilitated feedback after the reading. Learn more about developmental readings.

Staged Readings: A rehearsed, directed, script-in-hand reading "On the Boards" of a completed work with facilitated feedback after the reading. Learn more about staged readings.

Or read the overview of PCSF's play development program

Sheherezade: A full production of short plays written by PCSF playwrights benefitting PCSF. In recent years the theme has been A Year in Review commemorating the year before, and has run 5 performances over two weekends. Members submit for consideration by the Literary Committee, producer, and director(s). All expenses are paid by PCSF and generous contributions from the community.

Education, Workshops, and Forums: Working with professionals and peers within the SF Bay Area community PCSF sponsors or hosts various playwriting workshops, panel/forum discussions, and workshops. PCSF also partners with other groups to offer members discounts to education opportunities. Learn more about these resources.

Weekly Newsletter: The weekly e-mail newsletter offers PCSF events and news, as well as a listing of submission opportunities, member success stories and shout-outs, and education opportunities and discounts. The newsletter is open to all; only members can have success story and shout-out listings. Subscribe to the PCSF newsletter.