Back to School 2020
Fall Education & Community Partnerships Programming from Center Theatre Group
People of all ages and experience levels are invited to participate in these fully virtual programs, all starting in fall 2020.
August Wilson Monologue Competition (Free, High School Students)
Calling 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students! More than a contest, the August Wilson Monologue Competition is an educational journey that includes workshops with teaching artists where students hone their acting and storytelling skills; auditions where theatre professionals offer feedback to all participants; and an introduction to August Wilson and The American Century Cycle. Register by October 15.
Student Ambassador Program (Paid, High School Students)
This is the ultimate experience for Los Angeles County high school students who love the arts: an entirely free, eight-month fully-virtual leadership program designed to transform passionate young people into arts leaders, team players, advocates, and engagement experts. Applications are due by 5pm Wednesday, September 23rd.
Teen Theatregoers (Free, High School Students)
This year’s Teen Theatregoers have an important mission: to explore what theatre means in the #SaferAtHome world. Theatregoers will explore diverse and cutting-edge virtual performances, from narrative theatre game apps, play readings with artists, exclusive virtual plays from theatre archives, and socially-distanced theatre (all for free!). Applications are due by 3pm, Thursday, November 5th.
Working in Theatre Portal (Free, Students/Emerging Professionals)
Actor, director, playwright, costume designer...there are a handful of jobs in theatre that everyone knows about, but there are also many other careers in the field that young people especially aren’t aware of. How can they even start to figure out a path if they don’t know what’s out there? Enter our Working in Theatre portal, which features videos of theatre professionals explaining what they do and how they got their start, a quick quiz designed to help young people identify their strengths and priorities and the type of job they want to pursue, and more resources to help anyone aspiring.
Theatre Artist Classroom Connections (Free, High School & College Educators)
We’re connecting theatre artists with partner classrooms for candid discussions of what it’s like to work in professional theatre. Sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for later viewing, in and out of classrooms.
Working in Theatre Classroom Materials
Our Working in Theatre videos make excellent remote learning tools for educators. We offer accompanying worksheets and other materials designed for educators and students to dive deeper into these careers.
More Educator Resources
We produce and publish Educator Resources and Discovery Guides for many of the shows that appear on our stages. Visit show pages if you are looking for resources related to a specific past or upcoming production. Or browse by school year.
Open to All
Working in Theatre Fall Series (Free, College Students/Open to All)
The Working in Theatre Fall Series is a ten-week digital course focused on building the skills needed to build a career in theatre. Building on the success of the Summer Series, the Fall Series will focus on creating original content and self-producing (even at home!).
Community Stories (Free, Open to All)
The moment it became clear that the pandemic would keep us from physically visiting our local Boyle Heights libraries or community events to provide ongoing free workshops and play readings, we quickly began working to find creative ways to continue supporting local playwrights and storytellers. Community Stories is our new series of artistic storytelling, told through a mix of short and long-form multimedia that are extremely timely and represent a range of perspectives and emotions.
Scenes from the Vault for Students and Educators (Free, Students/Educators/Open to All)
We’re curating a collection of scenes from some of our most beloved productions across the Ahmanson, Taper, and Douglas that we think students and educators of all ages will enjoy watching, thinking, and talking about. Here are some prompts and questions to use these videos as tools for learning and exploration.
ELAC/CTG Course Partnerships (Low-Cost or Free, College Students/Open to All)
Center Theatre Group has partnered with East Los Angeles College to offer a series of courses, enhanced with Center Theatre Group videos and materials. Anyone—including people under 18 and those who already hold degrees—are able to take these virtual courses. The cost per course for California residents is $138, with fee waivers available. Fall partner courses are Acting in History and in Style, Actors Orientation to the Professional Theatre, Introduction to the Theatre, and Orientation to Technical Careers in Entertainment. Register by August 30.