We are expanding our Art Goes On project with L.A. Theatre Speaks, a biweekly series of live-streamed public discussions bringing together members of the local theatre community to discuss the issues and opportunities they are facing in this time of crisis. Upcoming discussions will include key members of the local theatre community including actors, designers, playwrights, and administrators meant to help theatre creators come together to share ideas, strategize, and support each other in these unprecedented times.

Upcoming L.A. Theatre Speaks Events

  • "L.A. Theatre Fundraising: Inspiring and Cultivating Support in a Time of Uncertainty" (Date TBA)
    • We have decided to postpone this panel scheduled for June 4, 2020—this was not a moment we felt it was appropriate to center a conversation around fundraising for theatre. We hope to announce new dates and topics for upcoming discussions shortly.
  • "Artist and Company Resources: Navigating the Field of Artist Relief" (Date TBA)
  • "L.A. Actors: Who is the Audience? Where is the Stage? What is the Part?" (Date TBA)
  • "L.A. Designers: Finding Inspiration" (Date TBA)

Previous L.A. Theatre Speaks Events

  • "L.A. Theatre in the Time of a Pandemic and Beyond" Watch Now
    panelists included:
    • Snehal Desai (East West Players)
    • Debbie Devine (24th STreet Theatre)
    • Danny Feldman (Pasadena Playhouse)
    • Jessica Kubzansky (Boston Court Pasadena)
    • Michael Ritchie (Center Theatre Group)
    • Matt Shakman (Geffen Playhouse)
    • Michael A. Shepperd (Celebration Theatre)
    • José Luis Valenzuela (Latino Theater Company)
  • "L.A. Theatre Goes Digital: Creating Online" Watch Now
    panelists included:
    • Amy Levinson (Geffen Playhouse)
    • Katie Lowes (IAMA Theatre Company)
    • Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theatre)
    • DJ Kurs (Deaf West Theatre)
    • Yuval Sharon (The Industry)
    • Damian Bazadona (Situation)
    • Nataki Garrett (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
  • "L.A. Playwrights: Writing for a Changing World" Watch Now
    panelists included:
    • Luis Alfaro
    • Boni B. Alvarez
    • Bekah Brunstetter
    • Aleshea Harris
    • Jeremy O. Harris
    • Molly Smith Metzler
    • Dominique Morisseau

“Center Theatre Group will facilitate these conversations but it’s a conversation about Los Angeles theatre as a whole—about all local organizations and what we’re all going through,” said Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “We want to reach out to our collective L.A. theatre audience and stakeholders and let them know what we are all planning and grappling with while allowing space for everyone to ask questions and engage. It’s vital that, as theatres begin to consider how and when we re-open our stages, the entire community is part of the conversation. The world may be changing, but our passion and love for the theatre has not. We are all in this together.”

See more from our Art Goes On project.