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Rella Lossy Award


The Rella Lossy Award honors the memory of Rella Lossy, a lifelong champion of the American theatre and playwriting, by honoring the best new full-length script of a play by an emerging playwright that will premiere in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, and San Mateo County in the coming year.

How to Apply


The Rella Lossy Award is an award for professionally-oriented theatre organizations that will be presenting a world-premiere full-length play by an emerging playwright. The award goes to the playwright and the producing company.

For the purposes of this award, we define “emerging” as a writer that has yet to be produced on Broadway or by a LORT member theatre.

Must be located in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo.


Information for the 2024-25 Rella Lossy Award will be coming in early 2024.


Email Programs Officer Melissa Hillman at

Past Recipients


Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad

Ashley (A.M.) Smiley

Magic Theatre

2022: Pueblo Revolt — Dillon Chito, playwright; AlterTheater, producer

No 2021 awardee due to Covid

2020: Br'er Peach — Andrew Saito, playwright; AlterTheater, producer

2019: Ghosts of Bogota — Diana Burbano, playwright; AlterTheater Ensemble, producer

2018: Eureka Day – Jonathan Spector, playwright; Aurora Theatre Company, producer

2017: Madame Ho – Eugenie Chan, playwright; Eugenie Chan Theater Projects, producer