The official website of professional playwright and screenwriter 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.
Thicker Premieres at Pasadena International Film Festival! My short film directing debut, Thicker (which I also wrote), starring Erik Odom and Nick Podany, premiered at the Pasadena International Film Festival as part of the "Truth" bill of shorts in March 2016!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy wins at California Independent Film Festival! Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, won "Best Mini-Short" at the California Indepdendent Film Festival in September! It has since also screened at Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse, presenting the best in LGBT cinema, and the Ojai Film Festival.
The Magic Hour to be Published by Playscripts in 2016! The Magic Hour, the follow-up to 4 A.M., my most produced play (though The Magic Hour stands on its own), is now published by Playscripts! Learn more about it here!
Take My Online Playwriting Course!
Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all? In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to! Look for a new session this summer. Get more information and enroll here: www.screenwritersuniversity.com
Two New Plays Now Available Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a one-act dark comedy, You Should Never Eat Your Heroes (think Sweeney Todd meets high school), and a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident. Both are now published by Playscripts!
Cracked Sky:A bullied teen. A cafeteria filled with the popular kids before school. A backpack filled, but not with books. A chance encounter with another student in the schoolyard. A sky that looks "cracked." A new ten-minute play.