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The Shop celebrates a successful pilot year

The Shop celebrates a successful pilot year

In its first year, Center Theatre Group’s The Shop initiative demonstrated how bringing the craft of theatre to local residents can make a positive impact in the community.

Having resided in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights since 2005, CTG expanded its prop and costume workspace in 2013 to encompass the creative needs of the local community. By partnering with nearby libraries, arts organizations and community organizations, CTG, through its new program The Shop, shared the craft of theatre with the neighboring residents of Boyle Heights. From organizing a literary tour that brought renowned playwright Luis Alfaro to a local library, to offering workshops that range from costume design to stenciling, the CTG staff members who ran The Shop had much to say about their year of engagement. Program Manager of Community Partnerships Jesus A. Reyes and Director of Institutional Support Jean Kling are CTG staff members who were instrumental in the development of The Shop Project. Read more about their personal experiences working on the initiative.