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Shaun Bedgood

Featured in the Boston Globe article “Whats Their Line”, was noted for being one of Boston’s best up and coming comics. His genuine witty style and charisma are what distinguish him from performers today. Shaun’s versatility and skill set have earned him recognition at prestigious comedy festivals such as the Laughing Skull Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off. Shaun has also opened up for many national acts including Roy Wood Jr, Erik Griffin, Earthquake and Nick DiPaolo. Shaun has devoted his life to entertaining, performing weekly throughout the New England and Tri State areas.

Sam Wagner

Sam Wagner (Gary, May Cause Blindness) is thrilled to be making his Santa Monica Theatre debut in the company of Jocelyn Belle and Darlene Rene and under the sure-handed direction of author Stepy Kamei. Favorite recent roles include Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing at Manhattan Beach Community Church and Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol with Broadway in the Park. His performance here is dedicated to Samantha.

June Playwright Contest


Event Description
Santa Monica Theatre (SMT) located on famous Ocean Avenue is now accepting submissions of original short plays. SMT produces five short plays on their open air stage just feet from the sand of Santa Monica Beach. This festival of work focuses on story, character, dialogue, and talent performance. This contest is open to everyone and we encourage those who reside outside of the Los Angeles area to enter. Our event will be captured to be broadcast at a later date on our website: Writers selected who are unable to join us may watch online.

This contest is designed to help writers see their creations come to life with actors on stage, in front of a live audience. Hearing and seeing your script performed is a profound experience, and is essential for the creative growth of any playwright. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by submitting your script today!

Award & Prize
One scripts will be selected as the winner and will be cast with professional actors (auditioned out of Los Angeles).

The script will be preformed live on stage at Santa Monica Theatre in Santa Monica, California.
The event will be captured for those who can not attend in person.
Writers will be acknowledged on stage, as well as on the Santa Monica Theatre’s website and Social Media channels.

Rules & Terms
Scripts must be submitted as a PDF file.
Script must have title page with: title, author, address, email, and phone number.
Scripts must come with a cover letter including playwright bio and headshot.
Scripts must be roughly ten to twenty pages. If the submission is over 20 pages it will not be read, and the submission fee cannot be refunded.
Scripts must contain two or more characters.
Every script submitted is in the running to be selected as our contest winner.
One script will be accepted in our evening of five works.
It will be cast and performed at the Santa Monica Theatre.
Submission fee(see deadline guide on the right) must accompany the script.
Winning writers, if in Los Angeles, are allowed to request to direct their play, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Winning writers, if in Los Angeles, are allowed to request assisting with casting for their script but are not guaranteed their choice.
Winning writers, if in Los Angeles, are allowed to request performing in their play but this cannot be guaranteed.
If permitted to direct their play they may not perform in the play.
If permitted to perform in their play they may not direct the play.
Admission to the Short Play Night performances is $15.

Writers are encourage to submit from anywhere in the world. NOTE: Santa Monica Theatre cannot pay for any travel expense or accommodations in Los Angeles.

Al Gomez

Santa Monica Theatre welcomes Al Gomez to the cast of Creating Adam. Al graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts with a BA in Theatre. Since graduating he has continued to study acting and improv and is excited to continue the pursuit of becoming a working actor.

Jennifer Knighton

Jennifer Knighton has been acting for almost 25 years now.  She started in a small community theatre, majored in theatre in high school, found her heart in a Shakespeare Festival, performed in Scotland, and found her way to Los Angeles.

Since arriving in LA, she’s been on stage and on film as well as doing voice over work – as long as she’s acting, she’s happy. She has found her people with the Santa Monica Theatre and hopes to create with them as long as they’ll let her.

Steve Izant

Steve Izant is delighted to read the part of Capulet in Romeo and Juliet with the Santa Monica Theatre. His debut at SMT was Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. He has acted in small, independent movie productions that no one has ever seen, regional commercials that have been seen and has been a local, cable TV talk show host in Baltimore.  His first love, however, is the immediacy of theatre.  His most recent roles were Mr. Manningham in Angel Street with the Lakeside Players in Lake Arrowhead. Other recent roles include, Deputy File in the The Rainmaker, Carl in Bus Stop, Mike Wallace in “Frost/Nixon,” and Dr. Carelli in Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee.” He lives in Redondo Beach with his very supportive wife, Susan, and two adorable, but indifferent cats that have no idea who he is.

Westside Original Works


Westside Original Works at Santa Monica Theatre

Workshop instructor Katherine King invites you to Wednesday evening writing jumpstart. Class is from 8 pm – 10 pm. This is a great opportunity for actors to begin script writing, to hear your work read, and to develop your artistic side. Cover $100 a month

Class Description: Ideal for actors who are looking for an intro into script writing as well as experienced writers who want to benefit from brainstorming writing in a fun social setting with actors who will read their work.

Writing concepts supply the class theme and prompts are provided to create a scene of dialogue, which is then read by actors. Peer feedback is encouraged.

New writing focus and prompts every week-no class is the same!

The class energy is very active and social and serves as a great compliment to more traditional contemplative writing classes or personal writing time.

Previous attendees have created pages and pages of script that they might not otherwise have produced without the structure of Westside Original Works, developing new stories or continuing the same script from week to week. Many projects are in various stages of production. Best of all, many friendships and creative partnerships have come out of the class that continue today.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Katherine King

Katherine King is originally from the Washington, D.C. area where she worked as a bridal model and took part in the vibrant theater and music community, enjoying such roles as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and Miss Amelia in The Little Princess before moving to Los Angeles to take part in Anton Chekhov’s The Bear. “The sexy Katherine King” plays “the young widow Popova… who matches [Smirnov]’s forcefulness with a strength for which women of that time were not noted…the performances here are excellent” (-the Huffington Post).

A singer/songwriter, Katherine recently recorded her debut album Swept Away, the title song of which is currently part of Feeling The Street, an international competition for street musicians. She has appeared in commercials and film, most recently, Disney’s ‘Boyster,’ An Axe to Grind and The Downside of Bliss, before returning to the stage, this time with her original work, My Darling Josephine. Historical fiction is her favorite genre and she is delighted to share her lighthearted poke at fickle romance that’s as timeless as cowboy boots.

For the last two years Katherine has hosted WOW (Westside Original Works), a screenwriting workshop.

Zachariah Axel Ziegler

Zachariah Axel Ziegler was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. His father, Warren Ziegler, was a renowned author, speaker, and spiritual guide. His Mother, Mandy, worked as a professional speaker and educator.

From the age of 7 he has attended acting classes and was a member of school acting clubs through his high school years. Zach quickly recognized his love of performing when he played Applegate in a production of Damn Yankees. In his youth, Zach also discovered a love for ice hockey. While he attended the University of Colorado, he majored in French (with a focus on Film Noir) and Astronomy.

After graduating college, he coached semi-pro and professional Ice Hockey for 8 years. Zach credits his athletic career for developing his work ethic and drive for success. Culminating in a Stanley Cup Championship in 2014, as a member of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club, Zach opted to return to acting in 2015. Zach has appeared as a lead in multiple productions on stage and can frequently found at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood. Zach is studying under Yale University acting coach Gregory Berger-Sobeck.

Paul Jacob Evans

Don’t be fooled. My normal name belies some serious weird. I know – anyone who calls himself weird probably thinks mixing two types of coffee creamer is eccentric. I’ll let you be the judge: I weld Texan smokers and build remote camera robots; it takes me two weeks to wash the dust off from my yearly trek to Burning Man; I’ve spent the night in a UK jail cell due to visa issues (or at least that’s what I tell everyone) while touring with a J-pop metal band; and I insisted on changing into a suit and tie everyday when I got home from kindergarten. Even I think that’s weird.  


I started my professional career in Austin, Texas, at The Vortex Theater and appeared in nearly 50 locally-shot independent films, including my turn as a AD&D-playing wanna-be vampire hunter in the feature Nightlife. I fell in love with LA while visiting friends in Venice Beach, and relocated a few months later. Since arriving, my favorite roles include a redneck survivalist in the horror indie Prey for Us, a domestic terrorist in Code: LA opposite JLouis Mills, a Bad Grandpa on EPIX’s DIY Effects, and a loving husband watching his wife succumb to cancer in With The Dawn. 


I attended the BFA program at Tarleton State University in my hometown of Stephenville, Texas.  Yes, that Stephenville. Officially, the “Cowboy Capital” of the world. Unofficially, the UFO sighting capital of the world. Maybe that explains everything. I recently launched Number 3 Productions, which produced my directorial debut, The Garden, developed with a high school student from my hometown. I’m indulging my geek tech builder side in LEGO – Beyond The Instructions, a popular YouTube series with Erik Beck in which I trick out Lego sets to the edge of comprehension. 


When I’m not welding and weirding and Burning and building, I might be that normal guy in line next to you at Trader Joe’s, on the hiking trail in Griffith Park, or sitting next to you at the newest Texan BBQ destination. Don’t be fooled.

–Paul Jacob Evans