The official website of professional playwright Jonathan Dorf, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, resident playwriting expert for Final Draft, resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store and creator of Playwriting101.com, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Welcome! Looking for a play to produce? You've come to the right place. Visit my Play Catalogue to read synopses and excerpts of my plays available for production, or go to Teen Favorites to find plays that are great choices for youth theatres and schools. There's even a rotating play listing below, Hot Script Picks for Schools, to highlight some of my most popular works for young people. You'll also find free monologues for use in class and for auditions, free playwriting tips, information on guest artist visits, classes I teach, and much more. So come in and stay a while!
Hot Scripts Picks for Schools
"Jon Dorf is the voice of this generation's high school student. He has captured the inner and outward struggles that confront today’s youth and brings light to those issues that we deem important but are too afraid to broach. The significance of his work is far beyond that of his writing genius. It speaks to everyone on a personal level and gives a voice to a growing population that has so much to say. His plays have proven vital, not only to the growth of our young actors but also to the development of their young minds. We continue to use Jon’s works here at Choate Rosemary Hall and look forward to his next creation."
Paul Tines, former Executive Director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center and Head of the Choate Rosemary Hall Arts Department.
Three New Plays Now Available Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a crazed one-act comedy Run Like the Dickens (the younger, shorter sibling of the full-length version), and two new ten-minute dramedies, perfect for competition and short play fests. Straight Eye for the Gay Guy is about a gay kid who turns to his straight friend for help, and in Closeted, two teens are trapped in the closet during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven.
I'm looking forward to offering playwriting workshops at the California Educational Theatre Association conference in October, and then later that month at the Virginia Theatre Association conference! In December I'll be teaching at the Pennsylania Thespian Festival, and in January, I'll be at the Tennessee Thespian Festival. Stay tuned for more guest artist visit news!
Ethan High School (Mitchell, SD), January 2015
You Should Never Eat Your Heroes:Sweeney Todd meets high school in this dark comedy, available for a world premiere in winter/spring 2015.
Man's Best Friend:Two college acting students confront family expectations, the threat of alien invasion and the accidental vaporizing of a beloved pet in this futuristic short dramedy.
Thicker:Two brothers, one a twentysomething slacker and the other a high school honor student with a penchant for theft, try to get by on their own in this short play that's also in development as a short film...