We partner with schools around our region to bring theatre into the classroom in innovative ways, and to help students learn and grow as artists and thinkers.

August Wilson In-School Residency

This unique semester-long program engages high school students in an in-depth, personal, and artistic study of the great American playwright August Wilson and his theatrical contribution to society. Participating classroom teachers partner with Center Theatre Group teaching artists in presenting a curriculum that introduces students to August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. Participating classes also attend the August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional Finals at the Mark Taper Forum.

The four high schools selected for the 2018–2019 program are:

  1. Marcia Barryte, Carson High School, LAUSD, Carson, CA
  2. Janet Borrus, East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
  3. Guadalupe Carrasco, Ellen Ochoa Prep Academy, El Rancho Unified School District, Pico Rivera, CA
  4. Craig Robinson, Animo Leadership Charter High School, Green Dot Public School, Inglewood, CA

Bring the Residency to Your School

Applications are now closed for the 2017–2018 August Wilson In-School Residency Program.


Disney Musicals in Schools

Center Theatre Group is excited to work with Disney Theatrical Group to bring Disney Musicals in Schools to Los Angeles County. This program is a capacity-building initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theatre programs in public elementary schools.

Through Disney Musicals in Schools, five selected schools participate in a 17-week after-school musical theatre residency, led by a team of trained teaching artists, at no cost. Schools will receive performance rights, education support materials, and guidance from the teaching artists in order to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph, and music direct, culminating in their first Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, Center Theatre Group will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on our stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

Using the unique world of musical theatre, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community. Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theatre, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Applications are now closed for the 2017–2018 Disney Musicals in Schools season.

Learn More

Public elementary schools in Los Angeles County holding a Title 1 status are eligible to apply. If you have further questions, please contact us by email or phone at 213.972.0720.


Culver City Unified School District

We're proud to be a part of the Front and Center Theatre Collaborative, a program of the Culver City Unified School District. We work together with other local theatre companies—The Actors’ Gang, We Tell Stories, Young Storytellers Foundation, 24th STreet Theatre, and Story Pirates—to coordinate theatre programming across the entire district in an effort to best serve students at all grade levels.

We host students of all ages for performances and events at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. And we're proud to have built a particularly deep partnership with the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA). AVPA students have engaged with our work in a variety of ways, including through semester-long teaching artist residencies, attending productions, performing on the Douglas stage, and hosting the AVPA's annual Java Gala fundraiser at the Douglas.

Special thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Fineshriber Foundation, Carol and James Collins Foundation, Culver City Educational Foundation, and Joseph Drown Foundation for their generous support of Front and Center.