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.
This season, community events will be offered online.
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.
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.
At Center Theatre Group’s costume shop in Boyle Heights and The Music Center Annex in Downtown L.A., and hosted by community partners in different neighborhoods, we offer workshops on theatre techniques, from playwriting and acting to art and design. Taught by local artists and artisans, our workshops are designed for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. For this season, our Making Workshops will be offered online:
- Jean Tote on Saturday, March 26, 2022
- Fabric Sports Bag on Saturday, April 30, 2022
- Shashiko: Visible Mending on Saturday, May 28, 2022
To RSVP, email Jesus A. Reyes, Community Partnerships Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our current and past community partners in Boyle Heights:
Center Theatre Group’s Community Workshops and Library Play Readings are made possible by a generous grant from the California Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the Friars Charitable Foundation.