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.

Center Theatre Group has selected four local high school teachers from three different high schools in Los Angeles to participate in the 2017 August Wilson In-School Residency Program. The participating teachers are:

  1. Damiek Barrow, Washington Preparatory High School, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
  2. Melanie Dubose, East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
  3. Juan Perez, East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
  4. Craig Robinson, Animo Leadership Charter High School, Green Dot Public School, Inglewood, CA

The four selected teachers will each partner with a Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist as they deliver curriculum related to one of August Wilson’s plays during 15 in-class sessions spanning four months. In addition to the in-class sessions, the four teachers will participate in two full-day team building meetings to plan and evaluate the curriculum, practice new skills related to the art form and exchange ideas.

Bring the Residency to Your School

Title 1 high schools located within Los Angeles County are eligible. Educators from all subject areas and all high school grades are encouraged to apply. Applications are now closed. Please check back Fall 2017.

The August Wilson In-School Residency held the mirror up to my students so that they could see in August Wilson their own greatness.

2014 Residency Teacher

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.