Joshua Lamont donated 2017-08-10 13:20:11 -0700
This year we will reach nearly 50,000 people through theatre performances, workshops and other activities in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. Our 2017 season plans include:
- Over 120 performances of bold plays at the Ivy Substation (our home theater since 2005) – at least 40 will be Pay-What-You-Can – bringing together over 12,000 people of all incomes and backgrounds. The Spring 2017 schedule will launch on January 26 with Lyrics from Lockdown written and performed by Bryonn Bain and directed by Gina Belafonte – and continue with Harlequino: On to Freedom and our newest ensemble-created work: The Refugee Project (both directed by Artistic Director, Tim Robbins).
- Free Shakespeare-in-the-Park for families every Saturday and Sunday in August (at 11 AM), entertaining over 2,500 kids and adults with an hour-long Shakespeare adaptation, in Media Park (adjacent to the Ivy Substation). This past August we presented Romeo and Juliet: Pokemon Go!
- Free in-school and after-school Arts Education programs empowering over 3,000 students (in partnership with 12 public schools), inspiring creative self-expression and the development of skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and communication.
- Expansion of the Prison Project in order to work with more inmates and institutions. As well, we are beginning to provide re-entry programming for inmates during their transition into society, allowing us to go further with the program’s goals of fostering self-esteem, tolerance, and non-violent expression while significantly reducing recidivism.
- Continued partnerships with Get Lit, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Culver City Education Foundation (and their Front and Center Theatre Education initiative), Inner-City Arts, and Youth Policy Institute, among other innovative arts, community, and education organizations.
- Continuing to tour our productions including 1984, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Exonerated, and Harlequino: On to Freedom. We recently took Harlequino… to Beijing and Shanghai (China).
- Stimulating talkbacks with leading scholars and celebrity advocates for social change.
Thank you for investing in entertaining, educating, and empowering our community.Donate
People like you have helped us achieve a lot of amazing things this year.
Whether through your attendance at our theater, the historic Ivy Substation, or through your tax-deductible donations, your support has helped transform lives in our public schools and prisons and has had a tangible effect on the safety and health of our society. We've also been able to produce some kick ass theater both here in Los Angeles and throughout the world!
Take a look at what all of that support has led to. We hope all of our achievements throughout this past year will make you consider supporting us again in our work for the coming year through a tax-deductible donation.
8,440 people have joined us in our home, The Actors' Gang Theater, to laugh together, and to raise questions that should be raised.
12 ,642 theatre lovers around the world were able to hear our voice through raw, uncompromising theater.
1,859 elementary, middle and high school students coming from at-risk and disadvantaged communities discovered theater and its empowering effect.
255 incarcerated students in California State Prison and Juvenile programs have been given tools to express their emotions. Their work with The Actors’ Gang has led to an 89% reduction in disciplinary incidents, and according to CDCR preliminary analysis, a 10.6% recidivism rate.
105 Re-Entry Program students benefited of the kind of leg up that is needed as one faces the challenges of re-entering society after years of incarceration.Donate
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Free in school and after-school Arts Education programs (in partnership with 14 LAUSD and Culver City USD schools) introducing the joy and transformative power of theatre to youth as they discover, develop, and share their individual creative voices within a community of peers.
Free Shakespeare in the Park in August.
Increased outreach with the Prison Project (growing from 3 prison residencies in 2014 to 8 in 2016), empowering incarcerated women and men to build emotional control and tolerance of others – skills essential in prison and the communities they will rejoin.
Over 200 nights of theatre, music, poetry, dance, films, and other programming at our home, the historic Ivy Substation in downtown Culver City. Over half of the year’s programming was offered to our community for free or on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Finally, your support allows us to continue to tour in the US and overseas. Our productions (including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Exonerated, Harlequino: On to Freedom, and 1984) will continue to share important social justice stories and the power of joy with communities in Venezuela, Italy, and Spain, as well as Lincoln, Nebraska, and other national and international cities.
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Why I Care...
I support The Actors' Gang because I believe in subsidizing the Arts. I believe the Arts are important for life. Creativity, empathy, and laughter are all things we can use a little more of. By supporting The Actors' Gang, I hope to create a more kind world where everyone is seen and heard.