Center Theatre Group partners with local artists, organizations, schools, libraries, and other groups to enrich cultural conversations in L.A. neighborhoods and to encourage Angelenos to bring the art of theatre deeper into their lives, and to use it to share and explore their own stories.

Through free workshops, events, productions, discussions, and other activities that take place at traditional and nontraditional venues, we are working to connect with community members and artists throughout our city, and to join in and facilitate inclusive and thoughtful cultural conversations.

Join the Dog Man party!

We’re taking the popular series, Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, off the library shelves, and having a party!


  • Flip-O-Rama – draw your own adventure
  • Lil' Petey's Robot Shop – design your own robot from recycled materials
  • Stick Puppets – cut, color, and create your own stick puppet
  • Puppet Theater – set your phone to video and record and voice your very own performance using the stick puppets you colored.
  • Dog Man books will be raffled.

Free workshops while supplies last!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 3:30–5:30pm
@ Robert Louis Stevenson Library – 803 Spence St. LA 90023

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 3:30–5:30pm
@ Malabar Library – 2801 Wabash Ave. LA 90033

ELAC Theater/Film/TV Intensive #1

From Theater to Film and TV: Transferable Skills and Experiences

Guest Speaker: Chris Hansen

Which skills from the theater are invaluable in your career in film and television? Join NCIS: LA Production Designer, Chris Hansen, to learn about his career pathway from theater scenery design to television and film. Discuss the hard and soft skills needed to thrive in the entertainment industry and how to market yourself using your experiences in the theater.

Monday, November 21, 2022


ELAC Theatre Dept. Building P2 Room 119

East Los Angeles College: 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

RSVP: Jessica Hansen or Jesus Reyes

Space is limited!

Chris Hansen is the Production Designer on NCIS: LA and has worked in film and television for over 17 years. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of California, Irvine and a BFA in Theater Scenery Design from the University of South Florida. He has worked on Jungle Cruise, Scorpion, Veronica Mars, 9-1-1, CSI: Cyber, The Fosters, Chasing Life, Numbers, Castle and more. Chris is a member of Local 800, Art Directors' Guild.

ELAC Theater/Film/TV Intensive #2

Film and TV: On Set 101

Guest Speaker: Victoria Inez Rivera

ELAC Costume Alumni and Local 705 MPC member, Victoria Inez Rivera, returns to ELAC to discuss the ins and outs of working on set in film and television. Learn about the job titles, lingo, set procedures, typical schedule, and tips and tricks about on set filming and production.

Monday, November 28, 2022

10:30am to 12noon

ELAC Theatre Dept. Building P2 Room 119

East Los Angeles College: 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

RSVP: Jessica Hansen or Jesus Reyes

Space is limited!

Victoria Inez Rivera is a union/ IATSE film and television Costumer. A proud East Los Angeles native; she is a graduate of the East Los Angeles College theater & costume program. Having worked in the fashion industry and with vintage fashion while attending ELAC, she soon discovered her passion and talents in Costumes. From her education and start in theater, Victoria has moved onto a career in the film industry. She has since worked on various productions for Disney, Netflix, Apple TV & Hulu, including the acclaimed HBO series WestWorld.

Community Stories

This season we are embracing online engagement and content creation with Community Stories written by community members and local playwrights. These one-to-five minute pieces reflect the time we live in and in response to how we feel. The stories range from silly and absurd to political and satirical. Approximately 50 new works will be released between September of 2020 and March of 2021 and created by artists including Anthony Aguilar, Luis Alfaro, Diana Burbano, Juan E. Carrillo, Forrest Hartl, Manuel J. Marron, Judy Soo Hoo, Julie Taiwo Oni, D’Lo Srijaerajah, Marisol L. Torres and Vilma Villela.

Watch on the Digital Stage

Library Play Readings

In partnership with local theatre companies and artists, we bring new and exciting works to locations around Los Angeles by co-presenting readings by professional actors in both English and Spanish. This season 12 plays will be presented online by our partners as part of our Community Stories project including six new plays commissioned by local playwrights, Diana Burbano, Juan E. Carrillo, Forrest Hartl, Judy Soo Hoo, Julie Taiwo Oni and D’Lo Srijaerajah.