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Announcing CTG:FWD

A series of special events and programming at the Mark Taper Forum, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.


We are pleased to announce a series of special events and programming at the Mark Taper Forum, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. 

These events are the first formally announced under a new initiative created by Artistic Director Snehal Desai called CTG:FWD.

CTG:FWD provides greater opportunities for community gatherings and conversations, can’t-miss special events, and ways to help center Los Angeles-based artists and the arts community. It also provides a unique opportunity to open the doors of the Mark Taper Forum during this pause in traditional season programming, and welcome members of the community back into that space for some of these special events and programs.

CTG:FWD is also created with everyone in mind, whether you are a long-time loyal subscriber, or setting foot in one of Center Theatre Group’s venues for the very first time. 

Exciting Things Are Coming

The initial slate of programming announcements features the comedic special event Alex Edelman’s Just for Us direct from Broadway; a throwback to the Taper’s past with the return of Michael Feinstein in a series of new engagements called Feinstein’s at the Taper; and a visit from Little Amal, the 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who is currently traveling across the United States and will pay a visit to The Music Center in November as part of Amal Walks Across America.

In addition to Edelman, Feinstein, and Amal, CTG:FWD will also be the home of the Los Angeles Theatre Summit, a series of curated events and gatherings for Los Angeles theatre makers; the L.A. Writers’ Workshop Festival, which features presentations of new works-in-progress from some of L.A.’s best, up-and-coming playwrights; and the newly established L.A. Artist Residencies, which will provide resources for local artists and theatre companies. Center Theatre Group will continue to announce new special events, programs, and opportunities under the CTG:FWD banner over the coming months.

CTG:FWD is funded in part by special artistic discretionary funds that were raised for Desai’s first year to be used on special programming, gatherings, and events like the ones outlined in this new initiative.