Theater Emergency Response Program
Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has been intentional with the COVID-19 economic relief grants that it has released through the use of Arts Development Fees. Over the course of the
In July 2021, the Department of Cultural Affairs partnered with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to create a stimulus award of $5,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations, for-profit theater businesses, theater troupes, and venues that support theaters within the 13th council district. The goal was to uplift the theater community in this district that remains at the forefront of creating arts programming despite experiencing challenges and setbacks during this difficult time. We are grateful to these organizations and to all the artists that remind us that community, arts, and creativity remain true hallmarks of our City. The material that you will see on this page gives us access to performances, workshops, and excerpts produced by these 19 theater groups. Over the course of the next few months, you will see links and information about their productions, and we hope you will enjoy them.
The award recipients include: 2220 Arts Cooperative; Actors Co-Op; Art Time Presents; Bazalaam Beats Productions; Circle X Theater; FilAm ARTS; Fountain Theater; Gloria Gifford; Grok Acting Studio; Hudson Theaters LLC; Independent Shakespeare Company; Jaxx Theatricals; Lizzy Ross; Skiptown Playhouse; The Blank Theater Company; The Sacred Fools Theater; The Open Fist Theater Company; The Yard Theater; and Two Wilder, Inc.
Online Performances, Workshops, and Theater Arts Events to Date:
Lunarcode: Candlelight Sessions
Lunarcode: Candlelight Sessions is a musical showcase featuring the band lunarcode and an acoustic rendition of their new album stories untold. They will also feature a couple of covers and unreleased tracks. This showcase will be hiring Instrumentalists on violin and piano, as well as a camera team, lighting designer, sound engineer, production designer, as well as renting from local music businesses. The showcase will be filming live in front of a limited audience, free of charge, on April 23, 2022 and will stream live for the public free of charge on May 10, 2022. There will also be a free live streaming event taking place at Skiptown Playhouse with an audience to celebrate the release on May 10, 2022. This show will be softer renditions of the bands usual rock / pop sound, adapting its focus on cahone, upright bass, acoustic guitar, shakers, and a more romantic / intimate sound creating a stunning visual experience and feeling.
Numbered Days premiered on Valentines Day for a limited time as a podcast for a small fee. But in March, it became free to the public and is currently free to the public on a variety of podcast platforms.
Find them here.
A Life in Rondalla: Celebrating the 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellow
The NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award is the highest form of recognition for the folk and traditional arts by the United States government. No one is more deserving of this great honor than Tagumpay Mendoza de Leon, known affectionately in many circles as Uncle Pi. As a performer and instructor, he has served as one of the greatest living ambassadors of a traditional Filipino folk instrumental art form known as Rondalla. He has dedicated his life to sharing the Filipino culture with his students through his artistry and tireless dedication. Based in Southern California he has thrilled audiences for decades as part of various cultural groups as well as being a founder of the Rondalla Club of Los Angeles. On Saturday, January 29, 2022, FilAm Arts presented “A Life in Rondalla” to honor Tagumpay de Leon for his countless contributions to the Filipino American community. Watch the celebration on YouTube.
Circle X Theatre
The River – workshop
A public presentation of a new musical by Jim Leonard, Music by Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns based on the play Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard Jr.
Gloria Gifford Conservatory
Chad Doreck’s Sound Track
The was a free show done to celebrate out theatre and the songs from movies that everyone loves. It featured free performances from Broadway and musical actors including, Noah Weisberg, Kristen Edkins, TJ Wilkins, Carly Thomas Smith, Oliviana Marie, Benny Lipson, Derek Carley, Natalie Wachen, and Scott Barnhardt.
2220 Arts + Archives
SHOMEI: Butoh Performance Series
SHOMEI (“Shine”) was a three-night butoh dance performance series conducted by renowned butoh dancer, director and choreographer Hiroko Tamano, performed at 2220 Arts in November of 2021. Each night was a unique performance conducted and performed by legendary butoh artist Tamano, one of the first dancers to bring butoh to the United States. Through a cohesive story, each 100 minute butoh performance led to the next evening – with guest performances by Kyoko Takenaka, Jas Lin, Matthew ET Gibbs, Takeshi Kanemura, josie j and more. Music by Kyoko Takenaka, Moki Kawaguchi, Diego Gaeta.
For the Love of a Glove / Bazalaam Beats Productions
How the Puppets Work in For the Love of a Glove
For the Love of a Glove is the unauthorized musical fable of Michael Jackson’s Life – As Told by his glove. Julien Nitzberg’s most controversial musical ever launched January 2020.
This video looks at the history of puppetry and how they were used in the musical.
The Open Fist Theatre Company
Dramatic performances of 3 short stories by Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants; A Clean Well-Lighted Place; A Canary for One
Watch it on Vimeo.
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA
The Ajax and Hecuba Projects
A collaboration of EST/LA and the Warrior Bards, this project offers online tools and ideas to help explore Sophocles’ Classical plays Ajax and Hecuba. These include video excerpts of the plays performed by U.S. military veterans, and proposed designs to flesh out what the play might look like if it were performed live. Accompanying the videos and designs are commentaries from veterans on what the text means to them, as well as from designers on their artistic choices. Finally, there are resources to learn more about the themes of the plays, including the trials of homecoming and re-entering the larger community, transitioning from war to peacetime, PTSD, and the shift in identity from hero to civilian.
Experience it here.
Conversations with Co-op: Thomas James O’Leary
A live, virtual interview with Broadway veteran Thomas James O’Leary. He shares his experiences as an actor on Broadway and director in Hollywood. Working with everyone from Harold Prince to Trevor Nunn, this was a fascinating and educational evening of conversation. Viewer could watch for free and submit questions for a live Q&A following the conversation.
Independent Shakespeare Co.
the last syllable: a map of Macbeth
the last syllable is an experiential, online event that invites you into a world where nothing is but what is not. Five mysterious maps guide your journey through a theatrical landscape inspired by Macbeth. Incorporating filmed scenes, poetry, art, and cartography, the last syllable is a unique and provocative exploration of Shakespeare’s great horror story.
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.
The Sacred Fools Theater
2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival winner for Best Solo Performance, The Word is a hilarious and heartwarming adventure of Reverend Johnson and LeShaun.
Two Wilder, Inc
VMV Presents: If The Fates Allow
Welcome to VMV Presents: If The Fates Allow. A winter-themed variety show featuring live art, theatre, and music!
The Yard Theater
Writing for Playwrights and Solo Performers with Ali MacLean
Ali MacLean helps participants strengthen their voice and understanding of tone, plot, and theme.
DCA firmly believes in unhindered creative voice and expression. However, due to our commitment to ensuring all content found on our websites be suitable for as many audiences as possible, we are unable to display all of the works submitted to the Theatre Emergency Response Program. All participating theatres added a dynamic and thought-provoking voice to this project and the greater Los Angeles community during one of the most challenging periods in recent history.
Special thanks to the Blank Theatre Company.