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Working in Theatre

Mentorship & Networking

Building Your Community

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Jump-start your theatre career this summer from anywhere with an Internet connection at Center Theatre Group's free, virtual professional development series. Designed for current college and university students studying theatre but open to all, the Working in Theatre Summer Series is a 10-week course focused on the skills and knowledge emerging professionals need to build a career in live theatre.

This week’s session is all about mentorships and networking. Our panelists Jessica Hanna and Jesus A. Reyes discuss finding and developing a relationship with a mentor, as well as networking to create new opportunities for yourself and establish yourself as part of the working theatre community.


Jessica Hanna is a Los Angeles based Director & Producer. She is a member of The Kilroys, an activist artists group working for gender parity in the American Theatre. An Artist in Residence at Thymele Arts and a Regional Coordinator for Statera Arts Mentorship Program. She Co-Founded Bootleg Theater and was its Producing & Managing Director for 12 years.

Jesus A. Reyes is the Community Partnerships Director at Center Theatre Group where he spearheads the design and implementation of free bilingual community programs at partner sites throughout the community of Boyle Heights. Programs include the Library Play Reading series, theatre-based workshops, and commissions and take place at three Boyle Heights libraries and CTG’s costume shop.

Resources and Suggested Pre-Reading

Learn more about the Working in Theatre program.


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