The Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform (aka LDP or the Platform)
builds community through story, inviting writers of different experience levels, backgrounds, and identities to take part in each other’s process. We exist to support and encourage Central Pennsylvania playwrights. We do this by providing a friendly, structured environment for them to develop their craft, platforming their work through public readings, and connecting them to the national playwriting community.
As the Platform entered its 15th year in 2020, LDP launched its Core Playwright program, setting the course for the Platform’s future. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a shift to remote meetings, and while the new format presented challenges for reading plays together, it allowed nationally-recognized guest playwrights to join LDP members for conversations about their work and craft, connecting Lancaster-area playwrights to the larger playwriting community.
As the public health situation improves, and LDP works to reinvent its public reading series, we hope to introduce both Central Pennsylvania playwrights, and audiences, to the most innovative playwrights of our time by hosting nationally-recognized dramatists in our community. LDP members will be able to participate in the development of our guests’ work, observe them in rehearsals and workshops, and interact with them informally throughout their visits to Lancaster. We believe these connections will serve to grow and strengthen the local playwriting and theater communities in the years to come.
Creative Works of Lancaster, a non-profit providing nomadic theatrical encounters in and around the City of Lancaster, PA, has been the Platform’s fiscal sponsor since 2010. By offering financial oversight and administrative support, Creative Works allows the Platform to operate as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and accept tax-deductible contributions while building organizational capacity. In short, CW gives us access to the shared resources we need in order to focus on our mission.
In turn, we support CW’s mission to nurture and promote creative opportunities throughout our community in order to provide exquisite moments of surprise and delight in an ever-challenging world. We appreciate their Pay What You Decide pricing structure, designed to ensure that anyone is able to access adventurous experiences that are unique, participatory, and push the boundaries of what “theater” can be. Opportunities to collaborate with Creative Works as artists has been an added perk for some LDP writers.