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Shakespeare in Africa: The “Beforemath”

March 18, 2018. 3 pm.


Final performance of Shakespeare Youth Festival (not pictured, Blaire at LAX!)

The final performances of our 2018 Season (King Lear and Illspoken: The People vs. William Shakespeare), are actually happening right now! But I’m sitting at LAX waiting to board a three-tiered flight to the bottom of Africa to start an Arts Program – Shakespeare-centered and from scratch –  at a rural primary school in Botswana.  I have never missed a performance in 12 years of running the Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA!  But there comes a time for roles to change and the teens are pros – they know what to do onstage and off. This is my version Empty-Nest.

My flight boards in 30 minutes: I’m getting texts from our Players that the shows are amazing. “Best ever.”

About to step off a cliff. Well, three cliffs:  LAX to Frankfurt – Frankfurt to Jo-burg and Jo-burg to Maun, Botswana. In Botswana, an hour’s drive to Motopi, the  rural village that will host me for two weeks.  I am told that  English is the “official” language, but isn’t spoken in most homes, Swana is spoken and I haven’t learned a word of it. Not even hello. I’ve been sick for a month and I’m still not recovered but Africa is a No Matter What for me. First thing when I land: I will learn how to say hello in Swana.

I sit here with many unanswered questions. Will the much revered, much feared Institution of “Shakespeare” be adaptable? (I already know the answer, but I’m still cautious)  It easily take a nose dive. The way we do Shakespeare in Los Angeles is successful because it’s big, loud, on its feet.  This should translate anywhere.  I’m told the village has no internet, periodic electricity, small huts, donkeys and cows,  one “bar” – a room where men play pool and drink beer. I will be the stranger from the industrialized world. Who cares about Shakespeare when they have to deal with heat, rain,  plumbing, clean water? What  nerve! How presumptuous!  Go spread more Western Culture…I question our reasons for going. It always comes back to one thing – connecting people with each other – through the tools of theater is universal.  Art making hits us at our core – and can be   as critical as any basic physical necessity. People who have everything and people who have nothing both need a reason to get out of bed…

March 20.
This is another world. Today is my weirdest day in travel. The second I arrived in Jo-Burg, I became schooled in the African Way. And how much like Shakespeare it really is. Funny, Dark, Epic, All-Engaging…

First lesson in the African Way and A Shakespeare Play. Things suddenly go south  – in a moment –  only to resolve in the next before you know what hit you.  Weather. Tires.  Animal sightings. Losing things. Finding things. Closures.  Insect onslaughts. I may be a theatre director by trade – but here – I’m reminded I am just  part of the show – definitely not running it.

Short Layover in Frankfurt

I got worried in Germany, when I realized there was no place to check into Air Botswana online – only in person! I had half an hour to transfer and didn’t know if I would make it!  There was a man that allegedly was to meet me – Brooks – at the Maun airport. I had spoken with Brooks by email once. That is the African Way, Lesson Two. Someone gives his word, that is that. No need for fifty more confirmations….

Stepping foot off the second plane, I got a blast of hot air – I am in Africa.  It is a different feeling than other countries and i don’t have an explanation for that.  My exhilaration immediately turned to abject terror when my luggage never came out in Baggage Claim. I was told that Customs was wrong and my bag is headed to Maun. Then this woman said quietly, “We need to run.”  We ran so fast I got a side-ache and had to stop,  but we did make it through that monolith airport to Air Botswana. I was in the clear. I felt relief and gratitude – I could never have found it on my own. She was the guide. The only way.

I’m at the check in counter – the final leg of this 26 hour trek – 2 more hours will fly by.  So they speak in Swana but I can tell from their faces it’s not good. The flight is closed. “Come back tomorrow.” There is no tomorrow. Back to panic and horror!  My  world imploded. I had done everything I was told to do. Just because Air Botswana isn’t caught up with the rest of the world…. or…the African way.  I cry. I try to explain there’s a man waiting at Maun, and there’s  a school waiting in Motopi … and I came 26 hours…And then – like that,  the gatekeeper said, “Okay. Go.”

I cried more. And ran more. The woman who guided me now brought me down the escalator to a van! Now I started laughing.

The plane to Maun

I hug her. Say goodbye. Tears down my face. My first half hour in Africa has included a marathon and a nervous breakdown and I am feeling quite alive. I am brought to down an escalator to an outside tram – I meet my fellow passengers, Australian and British tourists poised in beige Safari outfits – I soon realize we have little in common and just get me away from them!  Fifteen minutes later, we’re driven to the tarmac. I sit in front of a British couple – bickering. I hear, “This is the tiniest plane on the planet.” I want to slap her. I just breathe and smile that I’m here.  They announce that insecticide is going to be sprayed all over the plane – ‘with no adverse side effects’  – but some of the women freak out.  We take off and I look down. I’m waiting for a magical jungle to appear. They serve us cheese and turkey sandwiches and I fall in love with this “tiny” flight – I love seeing Africa from the air. I see green and long, long, thin roads. We land on the tarmac and are guided to Customs where for me, more things go WILDLY HAYWIRE! Forms not filled, glasses lost, luggage lost, passport snagged until I  “give an address of where I’m staying”!  Then it occurred to me, I have no idea where I’m staying. So I’m told I have to stay at the airport until I do. I’m officially in a Shakespeare comedy – epic problems that are hilarious – only to spectators!

Brooks, the “Fixer” and his brother Machine save the day!

Then appears the Magic Fixer – holding a sign – Blaire Baron.  There was Brooks!  Brooks had no worries – he handled the search for the lost luggage, but the funniest part was, he didn’t know the address where I was staying either. In the village of Motopi … well … there are no addresses. No addresses at all – but soon, if all goes well, the address of the youngest Shakespeare troupe in Africa.

Next installment: First Day at the School: Meeting the Kids

Shakespeare Intensive

June 18 – 22
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.

Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, learn about costume and set design, and enjoy visits from Los Angeles theater professionals.

For 2nd through 9th grade (Fall 2018)

THIS SESSION IS FULL
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email us.

Young Playwrights’ Fest

June 25 – 29
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR TEN MINUTE PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

The playwrights will work with an ensemble of actors made up of professional actors and LADC actors, who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2018)

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Shakespeare and Spolin

July 9 – 13
Echoes on Pico – 5025 W Pico Blvd

LADC has always used Viola Spolin’s Theater Games as one of the foundations of the way we approach Shakespeare, and we are thrilled to have Aretha Sills with us this week. Ms. Sills is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied Spolin’s improvisational theater games for many years with her father, legendary director Paul Sills, creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater. Our Players will be introduced to a series of games and exercises designed to unleash creativity through spontaneity, focus, and play. They will have a chance to develop the sensory awareness and communication skills needed on-stage and in daily life in an encouraging and joyful environment.

For 2nd through 9th grade (Fall 2018)

REGISTER TODAY

Beyond Shakespeare

July 16 – 20
Echoes on Pico – 5025 W Pico Blvd

Back by popular demand, our directors’ exceptional training is brought into this week – guests will come to teach various acting and movement techniques such as Spolin Games, Agosto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed for Social Justice, Kristin Linklater’s Free the Voice, Ann Bogarts VIEWPOINTS, Sanford Meisner, Actor’s Studio, and Laban Effort-Shape.

In addition to these incredible theater tools and de-stressors for everyday life, our students will be exploring Shakespeare’s comrades – classical and modern playwrights with a gift for storytelling, who use language in a distinctive way.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2018)

REGISTER TODAY

Shakespeare and Music

July 23 – 27
Echoes on Pico – 5025 W Pico Blvd

The works of Shakespeare are filled with song. As always, students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare using a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child. But for this special week, we will pay special emphasis to the plays where his words are accompanied with music and dancing.

Participants need not be singers/dancers – each child will have the opportunity to explore within his/her comfort zone, and encouraged to reach outside of it when ready!

For 2nd through 9th grade (Fall 2018)

REGISTER TODAY

Shakespeare and Mythology

July 30 to August 3
Echoes on Pico – 5025 W Pico Blvd

We not only explore Shakespeare’s plays set in Greece and Rome, but his references to mythology and Greek and Roman Gods, and the perspectives of Philosophers like Plato, Epicurus, Ovid, Lucretius, Seneca and Cicero. We explore some of the connections between Shakespeare, and playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Plautus. And we introduce the basis for all modern books, plays and screenplays – Aristotle’s Poetics. With this rich banquet of ideas, we create original skits and weave them with Shakespeare’s Greek & Roman plays.

For 2nd through 9th grade (Fall 2018)

THIS SESSION IS FULL
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email us.

Summer with LADC 2018

Registration is now open for Summer with LADC 2018 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare!

Each session meets from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2018

ILLSPOKEN: THE PEOPLE VS. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Don’t miss the third play in LADC’s original “Spoken” trilogy, by LADC founder and artistic director Blaire Baron. Shakespeare’s villains are tired of their terrible reputations, and they decide to take action by suing their creator, Shakespeare. Join them, as they struggle to decide what is more important, reputation … or fame …

The Broadwater Second Stage – 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038
Saturday, March 10 & March 17

8 pm
Sunday, March 11 & March 18
2 pm
RESERVE TICKETS

KING LEAR
Family loyalty, legacy and reputation are life and death matters with this affluent Hollywood family who discover just how close they are to the homeless community that surrounds their luxurious “palaces.”

The Broadwater Second Stage – 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038
Saturday, March 10 & March 17

2 pm
Sunday, March 11 & March 18
6 pm
RESERVE TICKETS

TIMON OF ATHENS
First a philanthropist, then a bitter misanthropist. In fact, Timon’s character arc is the opposite of Dickens’ Ebenezar Scrooge. He throws decadent parties with merriment and dancing as he tosses his money to alleged friends. He ignores his accountant. And when he goes broke, he is stunned that no one is there for him. Audiences of all ages connect to Shakespeare’s rarely seen morality play on generosity and loyalty and friendship!

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4
1 pm
This show has closed

 

JULIUS CAESAR
Who is the hero and who is the villain in Shakespeare’s frighteningly current Julius Caesar? Or is there someone behind the curtain? Travel back to the 60s, and the days of The Manchurian Candidate and the Cold War with us as we see that everything old is new again …

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25

Sunday, March 4
4 pm
Friday, March 2
7 pm
This show has closed

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Shakespeare Youth Festival Los Angeles is proud to be supported by

LADC in residency at GALA

We are thrilled to announce that Los Angeles Drama Club is now part of the After School program at Girls Academic Leadership Academy, the first all-girls school within Los Angeles Unified School District! We feel that LADC’s mission is an ideal compliment to GALA’s mission – to graduate girls with a strong, confident, and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community.

Spring Performance – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Generally considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Much Ado mixes lots of hilarious antics with some scenery-chewing near-tragedy.  Please join us for the merriment …

Presented April 26th and 27th at 5 pm in the Corwin Theater on the LA High campus
(enter on Rimpau or West, and follow the signs)

If you are a GALA student interested in participating, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to learn how LADC can come to your school, please CLICK HERE.

Celebrate 2017, and Support 2018!!

2017 was a banner year for Los Angeles Drama Club – just take a look at some of our accomplishments:

SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL LA 2017

  • More than $25,000 in financial aid awarded in 2017 meant that there were no financial barriers to a child participating in Shakespeare Youth Festival LA.
  • Children from more than 40 schools all over Los Angeles took part in our programs this year.
  • We performed three plays in repertory for our Spring 2017 season – 45 youth played 81 characters in fourteen public performances.

HELP US CONTINUE THE MAGIC

OUR AUDIENCE

  • 38% of our audience was attending their first LADC production.
  • 28% have attended more than five different productions.
  • Our audiences came from all over Los Angeles, with 44 different zip codes represented.
  • Shakespeare is for all ages – 18% of our audience was under 18. 17% was over 60.

SUPPORT SYFLA 2018

SUMMER WITH LOS ANGELES DRAMA CLUB

  • This Summer, more than 75 kids took part, from 33 zip codes.
  • 65% of the registrations received a full or partial scholarship.
  • We awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships this Summer.
  • We performed six recitals, with 21 Shakespeare scenes, 6 scenes by contemporary playwrights, 9 musical numbers, 10 short plays written by our young playwrights, and countless Shakespearean insults!

LET’S MAKE IT 100 KIDS IN 2018

THE FUTURE

  • We are currently rehearsing four plays, including one original World Premiere, to be presented for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2018.
  • We are in residence at Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), preparing for a full production of The Tempest, to be presented in December.
  • We worked with students at Episcopal School Los Angeles (ESLA), as they began their study of Midsummer Night’s Dream, and are in discussions with four more schools to become a part of their curriculum.
  • Our Artistic Director, Blaire Baron, is preparing for a trip to Africa in the Spring, to bring our work to Botswana as a part of the Botswana School Project!

While LADC is proud to be supported by a number of government entities, foundations and community organizations, individual contributions make up the majority of our support. With your support, youth in Los Angeles (and soon, Botswana!) can continue to grow up with William Shakespeare!

Illspoken: The People vs. William Shakespeare

What would happen if Shakespeare’s Top Villains colluded in a Class Action Law Suit against the Bard for Defamation of Character?

Ill-Spoken: The People vs. William Shakespeare is now in rehearsals with our Willful Minors – we are delighted that our players are part of the Development team of the Third of this award winning Trilogy by playwright Blaire Baron.

Like Unspoken and Outspoken, the dark comedy brings 10 unwieldy characters into modern day to participate in the undoing of the Canon so they may enjoy a more seemly and positive Legacy. (The evil that men do lives after them.) They feel they have been unwittingly slandered and an explosive discussion arises over “Free Will” – if you follow our drift.

Playwright: Blaire Baron
Directors: Julia Wyson, Anniwaa Buachie

Fais Do Do – 5253 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

REHEARSALS
Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
October 16 through December 11
January 8 through February 19
February 26 & March 5 – Extended hours (4:00 – 7:00)

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS
Sunday, February 11
Sunday, February 18
Wednesday, February 28 – 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 7 – 4:00 to 8:00 pm

PERFORMANCES
March 10, 11
March 17, 18

Please take careful note of rehearsal/performance schedule. No performance conflicts are permitted. All rehearsal absences must be approved in advance.

King Lear

This will mark the first time LADC has tackled this monster – one of Shakespeare’s “Greatest Hits.” Lots of juicy and challenging characters for our teens to tackle.

Teachers: Blaire Baron, Julia Wyson, J. Bailey Burcham

Sacred Fools – 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038

REHEARSALS
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
October 17 through December 12
January 9 through February 20
February 27 & March 6 – Extended hours (4:00 – 8:00)

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS
Sunday, February 11
Sunday, February 18
Thursday, March 1 – 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 8 – 4:00 to 8:00 pm

PERFORMANCES
March 9, 10, 11
March 16, 17, 18

Please take careful note of rehearsal/performance schedule. No performance conflicts are permitted. All rehearsal absences must be approved in advance.

LADC in residency at GALA

We are thrilled to announce that Los Angeles Drama Club is now part of the After School program at Girls Academic Leadership Academy, the first all-girls school within Los Angeles Unified School District! We feel that LADC’s mission is an ideal compliment to GALA’s mission – to graduate girls with a strong, confident, and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community.

We’ll be exploring one of Shakespeare’s most magical plays, The Tempest. A shipwreck, a mysterious island, kings, sprites, monsters, power grabs … and repentance. Performance is scheduled for Thursday, December 7th.

If you are a GALA student interested in participating, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to learn how LADC can come to your school, please CLICK HERE.

Julius Caesar

A first for LADC! We love discovering all the ways that a play like Julius Caesar can come alive and feel personal to a group of 21st Century kids – we’ll be exploring what this play has to say about ambition, art and culture, pride, manipulation, friendship, and more!

Teachers: Blaire Baron, Julia Wyson, Kila Packett

Fais Do Do – 5253 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

REHEARSALS
Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
October 14 through December 16
January 13 through February 17
(February 10 & 17 – Extended hours 11:00 – 3:00)

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS
Wednesday, February 14 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 21 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm

PERFORMANCES
February 24 & 25
March 3 & 4

Please take careful note of rehearsal/performance schedule. No performance conflicts are permitted. All rehearsal absences must be approved in advance.

Timon of Athens

This was the first play LADC ever performed at Fais Do Do, and we are excited to re-visit, and give our Players a chance to take on a big challenge center stage – this rarely done play is very relevant for young actors, asking “What makes a true friend?” Lots of colorful characters, and some great party scenes!!

Teachers: Blaire Baron, Julia Wyson, Esdras Toussaint

Fais Do Do – 5253 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

REHEARSALS
Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
October 14 through December 16
January 13 through February 17
(February 10 & 17 – Extended hours 3:00 – 6:00)

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS
Thursday, February 15 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 22 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm

PERFORMANCES
February 24 & 25
March 3 & 4

COST
$600.00
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Please take careful note of rehearsal/performance schedule. No performance conflicts are permitted. All rehearsal absences must be approved in advance.

Summer Recitals Every Friday!!

Our Summer season is in full swing, with a new recital every Friday afternoon!! Come join us as our students share their work – it’s extraordinary what our young performers accomplish in just one week!

Friday, June 30 at 2 pm
3RD ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

Friday, July 14 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE
Total immersion for our young actors (2nd through 9th grade)

Friday, July 21 at 2 pm
BEYOND SHAKESPEARE
Our middle & high school students explore other playwrights with the same passion for language as Shakespeare

Friday, July 28 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE AND SONG
Celebrating the music (both figurative and literal) in Shakespeare’s works

Friday, August 4 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE AND THE GREEKS
Join us as we explore Greek myth and philosophy, Shakespeare-style

“Unspoken: Shakespeare’s Personae in Peril” at Hollywood Fringe

Get your tickets today for Blaire Baron Larsen’s original script, which was plucked from 150 applicants for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship Award, “for its themes of social marginalization, literacy preservation, and the play’s homage to the life of a stage actor,” says the playwright. “Our multi-cultural cast ranges from actors, ages 12 to 60, and you don’t often see that range onstage.”

Featuring performances by Larsen (AKA Miss Blaire), LADC teaching artists Will Gressman and Kila Packett, and LADC student Players Nadia Trinidad and Michael Goodman, Unspoken was originally conceived for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA, Fall 2015. Also featured in this production are Keith Barber, Ida Darvish, Brian Graves, Juliette Jeffers, Rochelle Leffler, and Brandon Nagle.

The play, directed by award-winning theatre veteran Matthew Singletary, features various minor Shakespearean “characters” held inexplicably in an Actor’s Greenroom until the discovery that they could be permanently cut unless their relevance is justified at a Tribunal. “It’s a bittersweet comedy, whose noteworthy theme embraces all marginalized people and groups having to claim their right to exist in a rapidly intolerant society,” affirms Singletary.

Performances
Saturday, June 3 @ 4 pm
Friday, June 9 @ 9 pm
Sunday, June 11 @ 7 pm
Saturday, June 17 @ 5:30 pm

Tickets are $12 and available by visiting online at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4559. All performances will be at the Underground Theatre 1314 Wilton Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Summer with LADC – Register!

We are happy to announce that registration is open for Summer with LADC 2017 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare! Each session meets from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community. We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Summer with LADC

Please fill out the form below to register for Summer with LADC 2017.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2017 – A Season of Revenge

The Box Office is open for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2017: A Season of Revenge. Purchase your tickets today for Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.

Titus Andronicus

Saturday, April 22 & 29 at 1 pm
Sunday, April 23 & 30 at 5 pm

Merchant of Venice

Saturday, April 22 & 29 at 5 pm
Sunday, April 23 & 30 at 1 pm

Hamlet

Yorick Cast:
Aidan Lapp – Hamlet
Julia Eschenasy – Gertrude
Caroline Ellis  – Polonius
Arianna Mah-Candelaria – Laertes

Hecuba Cast:
Liam Larsen – Hamlet
Milan Levy – Gertrude
Jesse Waldman  – Polonius
Hazel Sepenuk – Laertes

All Performances:
Chris Venegas – Claudius
Sonny Moskowitz – Horatio
Jalen Tennyson – Ophelia
Juliette Millar – Marcellus/First Player/Osric
Vivian Wolfson – Rosencrantz
Samara Rice – Guildenstern

Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm – Yorick
Saturday, May 6 at 3 pm – Hecuba
Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm – Yorick

Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm – Hecuba
Saturday, May 13 at 3 pm – Yorick
Sunday, May 14 at 4 pm – Hecuba

 

 

 

Shakespeare Intensive

Week One – June 19 to 23 – This session is full.
Week Two – July 10 to 14 – This session is full.
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd

Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, learn about costume and set design, and enjoy visits from Los Angeles theater professionals.

For 3rd through 9th grade (Fall 2017)

If you’d like to be placed on the Waiting List, please email us.

Summer 2016

This was our most extensive summer season, and we served almost double the number of kids as we had previously. Due to construction at the Lyric, all sessions were held at Fais Do Do, enabling us to achieve something we’d wanted for a long time – the union of our two troupes.

Our second Young Playwrights Festival was a huge success. A company of actors, including LA professionals and several of our teens, performed twelve world premieres.

Our first of three Shakespeare Intensives explored and expanded on the phrase, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”

The second Shakespeare Intensive focused on Conflict – discovering famous adversaries like Mistress Quickly and Falstaff, Mercutio and Tybalt, Ajax and Thersites, and more.

Our older students went “Beyond Shakespeare,” exploring playwrights like Moliere, Kyd, Suzan-Lori Parks, Federico García Lorca and Arthur Miller.

In Knighthood and Chivalry, our Knights learned Renaissance dances, stage combat, and created Orders committed to making positive change in the world.

We closed with the last Intensive – Shakespeare and the Greeks – where we explored mythology used in Shakespeare’s plays, and performed not only Shakespeare scenes, but an original piece based on the words of the Greek philosopher Epicurus.