Through public and private support for performing arts programs, DCA implements initiatives to create festivals and platforms to select artists to create and/or present site-specific public art projects and/or programming. The Performing Arts Program champions Los Angeles artists through advocacy on a local, national, and international level by enhancing relationships with national touring circuits, for-profit promoters, national service organizations, other government agencies, foreign consulates, and important festivals and cultural centers across the globe.

Recent programs include the Los Angeles Stage Advance, Los Angeles Dance Platform, Black Arts @ WAA, COMPOSE LA, and many panels and discussions throughout Los Angeles. 

The Performing Arts Program manages five venues, the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park, The Taxco (not yet open) also in Canoga Park, the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in East Hollywood, the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood (coming soon), and the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park (currently closed for renovations). We also oversee two partner-venues, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Mid-City and the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Downtown.

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Dancer, young man, wearing blue tank top, crimson headdress, Rosanna Tavarez/LA DANSA DANSA, photo by D Gordon


DCA’s Performing Arts Program supports creative place making, community building, and social cohesion by administering a range of performing arts centers and education programs throughout the City of Los Angeles.
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Ben Johnson
Performing Arts Program Director

Nicki Genovese
Arts Manager, Performing Arts

Yvonne Farrow
Arts Manager, Performing Arts

  • Warner Grand Theatre

  • Vision Theatre / Manchester Junior Arts Center

  • Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

  • Madrid Theatre

  • Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

  • Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)

  • The TAXCO / Canoga Park Stage Arts Lab

  • Lankershim Arts Center


Terms and conditions of all rental agreements are subject to negotiation. Please contact individual venue managers for details.


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