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World Premiere: Playwrights Arena@LATC.  Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.

“Paula Cizmar’s prose poem to urban, multicultural Los Angeles…”

—Miriam Jacobson, L.A. Weekly  -  RECOMMENDED!

“…a stream of consciousness view of the landscape…”

—David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

“…a multicultural quilt that binds the diverse humans together despite themselves, forcing disconnection almost into communication, or at least into an outreach of tiny kindnesses.”

—Madeleine Shaner, Back Stage West  -  CRITICS PICK!


World Premiere: The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis.  Directed by Bain Boehlke.

“… she [Cizmar] has a sharp ear for dialogue. And her characters are all distinctly drawn, from Cooper's Oscar, a half-Mexican prickly about slights to his heritage, to Pool's Eddi, a worker bee who is mourning her father. Eddi's energy is so dyspeptic that her own dogs have fled the house she shares with landlord-boyfriend Oscar. And Wendy Lehr's Crystal is a crazy delight – a touched woman who takes dictation from God and shares it with the world as poetry.”  —Rohan Preston,  Minneapolis Star Tribune


Produced in New York, Los Angeles, and London. 

"…a delightfully funny character comedy…" —Daily Variety

"…slight, bright, light, clever and cute…" —Drama-Logue

"…CANDY & SHELLEY GO TO THE DESERT is a hoot…" —LA Times

“…a source of impressionistic pleasure…” —The Guardian (London).


World Premiere: Portland Stage Company and the Women’s Project at the American Place Theatre, New York.  Directed by Barbara Rosoff.

“A major drama.... Such is the richness of the script ... that the experience was illuminating." –N.Y. Daily News.

"Fascinating…with language that has the beauty of unvarnished wood." –N.Y. Post

"Death of a Miner has a pertinency as a play treating significant feminist concerns, and the background is filled with evocative details."— N.Y. Times



“In Still Life with Parrot & Monkey, Celia goes searching in a world that is both profoundly ordinary and uncommonly original.  Playwright Paula Cizmar’s uniquely American voice is coupled with a compelling theatrical vision.  Quite simply, this is one of the finest dramatic writers of our time.”                               —Julie Jensen, Resident Playwright, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City, UT

"Cizmar takes E.M. Forster's famous prescription, 'Only connect,' channels it through the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and (literally) sends lightning bolts into the lives of two ordinary women trying to understand their purposes in life."  --Jon Klein, Head, MFA Playwriting Program, Catholic University, Washington D.C.


Two of Paula's plays, January and The Chisera, were nominated for The Kilroy


Available on Indie Theater Now:  Street Stories, Still Life with

Parrot & Monkey, and January.

Goat  Springs Eternal, which Paula adapted from Lope de Vega's 17th-century

play Fuenteovejuna, will be part of Golden Tongues 2, produced

by Playwrights Arena @ The William Clark Library in Los Angeles, Sept 6 - 7.

The Deep Map Theatre Project, founded by Paula Cizmar, presented pop-up plays

about climate change--street-theatre-style--at ClimatePalooza 2014, sponsored

by Visions and Voices and the Earth Science Communications Initiative. 

Paula's blog post about writing and being open to the world, "Seeing the New

Geographies," appears on TCG's  Global Connections site:

Paula's new play January was presented at the MultiStages New Works Festival @ the 86th Street Theatre in New York City on January 14,  directed by Lorca Peress.  Cast:  Brie Eley, Russell Jordan, Erin McGuff,

Romy Nordlinger, and Gena Bardwell.

A TCG/Mellon Foundation ON the ROAD grant was awarded to Paula for research on Salvage, a new play that combines documentary and fictional elements and deals with the subject of human trafficking.

Paula's new play The Chisera, work was part of Visions and Voices 2014. 

The play transcends boundaries of time and space in its telling of the story of

Mary Hunter Austin and her fight to save the Owens Valley's water, and a

present-day geologist who must cope with the aftermath of a tragedy. 


CHANGE, AND THE WEST @ Visions and Voices @ USC.

Seven keeps going around the world! Look for upcoming performances in

Ukraine, Bangladesh, and Ukraine.   It was performed in both French and

Arabic in Morocco in October 2013 , and it toured the Balkans in Fall 2013, 

playing to sold-out houses in Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and

Kosovo.  In Novi Sad, Serbia, the play kicked off a 16-day campaign to End

Violence  Against Women, sponsored by the Embassies of Sweden.  It was presented in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan in May, with an ensemble made up of members of the Afghan parliament and  other prominent local leaders.  In March 2014 a reading of the play in Riga, Latvia was introduced by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.

In April 2013, Paula was honored with a Mellon Mentoring Award.

In March, Paula spoke at Visionary Women - Inspirations from Artists, Icons, and Activists along with three other writers whose work illuminates the lives and stories of visionary women around the world:

Angella Nazarian (author of Pioneers of the Possible), Karen Karbo (author of How Georgia Became O'Keefe), and Dinah Lenney (author of Bigger Than Life:  A Murder, A Memoir); produced by Visions and Voices, March 6 @ 7 pm, followed by a book signing and reception.

In January, Paula was a presenter on "Dramatic Writing - Dealing with

a Stage and World in Crisis" at the 2013 Provost/Academic Senate

Retreat: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Technology, and

inMay she spoke on "Multimedia Inside and Outside the Classroom"

at theTeaching with Technology 2013 - Learning in Motion Conference.

SEVEN, translated by Riho Mitachi, was produced in Japan by Theatre

Classics at Tokyo's Woody Theatre Nakameguro, November 2012.

Paula was awarded the 2013 C3 grant by the Center for Scholarly


SEVEN was produced in Amman, Jordan in both Arabic and English, October 2012.

Paula was selected to be part of the

Play Machine/Dramaturg's Table at LA's

award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre.

A reading of Paula's new play

STRAWBERRY, directed by Sabina

Ptasznik, and performed by Chuma Gault,

Mariel Martinez, and Meredith Wheeler,

was the inaugural event of Tactical Reads,

a new LA FPI project @ Atwater Crossing,

Los Angeles.  June 27, 2012.

Paula's short play THE PORTAL was performed

at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, in
Guerrilla Girls' WE ARE THEATRE event in

September 2012.

In June, Paula traveled to Turkey:  SEVEN was selected for the 18th

Istanbul International Theatre Festival, May - June 2012.  Directed by

Hedda Krausz Sjogren at Kenter Tiyatrosu; performed in Turkish.

Along with Carol Mack, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz, Paula

spoke on a panel with Swedish and Turkish activists at the

Swedish Consulate in Istanbul.  The topic:  Tell Women's Stories -

Combat Violence.  May 16, 2012.

Paula was awarded a 2012 C3 Continuity in a Crisis grant by the

Center for Scholarly Technology and was a presenter at the Teaching

with Technology Conference in May.

In March 2012, SEVEN was produced by Visions and Voices at Bovard

Auditorium, at USC, in Los Angeles.  Directed by L. Zane.  Cast;  Marlene

Forte, Sohina Sidhu, Elizabeth Canavan, Sabina Zuniga Varela, Alexandra

Napier, and Chastity Dotson.  Multimedia design by Tom Ontiveros. 

Sound design by Fionneghan Murphy. Stage manager:  Meirav Rotstein.

Western Edge Playwrights Salon presented a reading of Paula's new play

DOWN 4 THE COUNT, directed by L. Zane.  Cast:  Chelsea Maidhof,        

Nick Marcone, Katie Sims, Thatcher Skekis,  October 9, 7 pm @ The

Village Gate Theatre, Los Angeles.

Paula was a presenter at the 27th Annual Central Coast

Writers Conference.  September 16 - 17, 2011.

In October, Paula presented  'Collaboration in the Classroom--

and Beyond,' part of USC Center for Scholarly Technology's Faculty

Forum Series.  Noon, October 21 at the Hedco Neurosciences Building.

In June, Paula was a panelist at the 2011 National TCG Conference in

the breakout session   'What If Social Activism Could Inspire New Models

of Theatre?'  Check it out at TCG at 50:  What If? Click TCG Conference.

Paula is the recipient of a 2011 Creative Capacity Fund QuickGrant. 

Paula and L. Zane are recipients of a 2011-2012 Visions and Voices

grant, part of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at USC.

Paula judged the 2011 Bowmer Award for Drama of the Oregon

Book Awards.  Winner:  Susan Mach, for THE LOST BOY.  Finalists:

Marc Acito and C.S. Whitcomb, Wayne Harrel, George Taylor, and Molly

Best Tinsley.

Silk Road Theatre presented SEVEN as part of the Al Kasida Staged

Reading Series in Chicago on March 31, April 1, April 2.

In April, Paula was a speaker at the Artist’s Path -- The Playwright’s

Response to Conflict and Social Crisis.  April 16 -17, 2011.

Paula is a recipient of a 2011 LE Grant from the Center for Scholarly Technology.



“We have tools.  We will take risks.  Along the way there will be discoveries.  Somewhere in the work, we must make transformation.”  From “Challenges of Adapting Myth for the 21st Century” in Seasons, July 2010.

Profile - The Indie Theatre Companion, NYTE

“Spotlighting Women Activists,” ScriptForward, Oct 2010, Vol. 6, No. 23

Interview - Writers Quarterly

“As dramatic writers, we're used to creating characters, dreaming up stories, shaping structure, and massaging the language to create a specific tone, atmosphere, to evoke a feeling.  But in this case, we had the women's own words and nothing more...”

“Q&A: Mentoring Writers - Writers Quarterly

“[They are] people who are devoted to writing well and turning out exceptional scripts that show off their passions and speak truth.  They don't just have dedication, though—they've also made a point of studying other good writing.  They read books.  They go to plays.  They understand their work will be a unity of intuition and technique.” 

“Venus in Orange:  Challenges of Adapting Myth for the 21st Century,”  Seasons, July 2010.