EST/LA, located at Atwater Village Theatre, acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the Tongva, Chumash, and Kizh people, who resided here and stewarded this land before the city of Los Angeles was formed, and are still living here among us today.

At EST/LA, we actively welcome diverse perspectives and lived experiences. We pledge to defend our creative space, our members, guest artists and the communities we serve against racism, sexism, ageism, anti-semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, misogyny, shame and harmful systems.

Winterfest is your opportunity to have the brand new, unproduced plays you’re excited about presented in a lights-up lights-down reading on our stage. The plays can be either full length or one-acts.



Winterfest will be February 18 - March 13, 2022

The application deadline is Sunday, January 16.

Winterfest is for writers, actors and directors who want to hear a new, previously unproduced play read aloud on our stage. It is the first step in our developmental pipeline. Plays do not need to be written by EST company members, but must be initiated by a company member.

Currently playing:

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In Search of A P-I-G (a comic space soap opera in six episodes) opens this week:


The first two episodes of this fantastic project produced in association with EST/LA and features the work of 25 EST/LA writers, directors, designers, filmmakers, musicians and actors!


Follow the adventures of Captain Dakota James and her gallant crew as they set out on the most dangerous mission humankind has ever set out on.


Go to: to order the series. ($5 per episode; $25 for the entire series.)

Explore "The Ajax Project" part of our collaborative community partnership with USC's Warrior Bard Program

The Ajax Project is the first project in a collaboration between our theatre and the University of Southern California Classics and Theatre Departments. It is part of ongoing programming that has been created during the shut down of the COVID-19 pandemic in service to our veteran artists and our community.

This is the first project of this series that we hope to gain enough support to continue. The viewing of the program and the online project will be free and hosted below on our website. With your help we can continue the work and hope to achieve a wider reach to people who are isolated at this time and beyond. 


Please donate in support, if you can.  Thank you.


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Short plays, songs, comedy, spoken word and more!

Check out the fun we've been having at our weekly company Happy Hours! 

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If you are in the position to donate, please consider giving to EST/LA today. Your generous gift will help offset the losses of revenue caused by delayed productions and programming sponsorships during this time.

Please take care of yourselves, stay well, and we’ll see you soon at the theatre!