About The Inkwell Theater

The Inkwell Theater is a writer's theater company, dedicated to developing, supporting, and cultivating new plays and playwrights in the Los Angeles community. Focused exclusively on new works, we allow young artists and veterans alike to work in an environment of experimentation, freedom, and collaboration.

In 2004, we presented, “Only The Dead Know Burbank,” by Peter Lefcourt; that was followed by “The Architect Of Destiny”, discovered through a national, open-submission, search. Our third play, “Sunset Park,” written by Marley Sims and Elliot Shoenman, ran for fourteen weeks and was published by Samuel French. Next was “Tango ‘Til Their Sore,” written and directed by 25-year-old Matthew Hancock. Then Michael Halperin’s “All Steps Necessary,” based on a meeting called by Hermann Goring three days after the Kristallnacht pogrom. From 2007 - 2011: “Moment In The Sun”, "Old Glories", "The Ohio 4th" and the Ovation Award-nominated “AfterMath,” starring Annie Potts. In 2012, we brought J. Michael Feldman's critically- acclaimed "Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over" to the Matrix. Last season, we presented "Heap Of Livin' " with Lawrence Pressman and Didi Conn, at the Odyssey Theatre.

We’re extremely proud of the work we’re doing at Inkwell and of the people involved in our productions.
Over the years we’ve become a family, committed and passionate.

Daniel Shoenman
Artistic Director

Elliot Shoenman
Executive Director

Annie McVey
Associate Artistic Director

Bonnie Hallman
Literary Manager

Mark L. Taylor
Associate Executive Director

Lisa Pantone
Casting Director

The Inkwell Development LAB

Daniel Shoenman & Bonnie Hallman, Producers
Annie McVey, Associate Producer
Josephine Austin, Assistant Producer
Elliot Shoenman, Executive Consultant

Community Outreach
We have used all of our producitons as a means to connect, educate, encourge young artists, & help support other organizations who also serve our community.

Spotlight on:

Early Childhood Parenting Center (ECPC)

Inkwell Theater has hosted numerous fundraisers & special performances to benefit ECPC, raising thousands over the last 5 years. While our missions to the community differ, we feel that in this economic climate it is more important than ever for non-profit organizations in diffferent fields, serving different segments of the community, to continue supporting one another.

ECPC is comprised of professionals in the fields of mental health, early childhood development, and parent education who volunteer their time and expertise because of a deep commitment to and passion for helping families.

Our mission is to help parents and early childhood professionals facilitate a healthy early developmental period for young children, thus laying for them a solid foundation on which to build mentally and emotionally throughout life.

Our philosophy is based on two core beliefs: that early attachment for infants and toddlers is essential for normal development, and that the patterns laid out in the first few years of life determine what happens later on, with families as well as children.