We have developed an on-going Performing Arts Troupe in the West Adams/Mid-City area. Through free and low-cost classes and workshops, we are identifying and nurturing young motivated performers and providing them with the space to experience the camaraderie of an arts community, the skills to meet the challenges of the creative process, and the opportunity to develop a new sense of assurance, autonomy and self-motivation.
These opportunities are geared to children and youth, ages 7 – 16, and involve them in all aspects of acting, theater and Shakespeare, culminating in periodic performances for the community.
Shakespeare in the City builds and betters the Mid City Community by pulling youth into a creative womb where they are nurtured and encouraged to do great things.
In 2014, we premiered The Tempest. Check out the Photo Gallery (and video coming soon!!)
Each year, we rehearse and perform 3 – 5 plays to benefit our community, our children and our city. We keep our ticket prices low, so that the Festival is accessible to as many people as possible. Special performances for school groups widen our reach. We are proud to be the introduction to Shakespeare for many Los Angeles young people … and adults, as well.
The Willful Minors is our Shakespeare Troupe in community service, bringing the Bard to schools, local events, senior care facilities, hospitals and anywhere there is a need for the Arts.
Venues where The Willful Minors have performed include the Baldwin Hills Public Library, the Jefferson Park Public Library, Bridge Point Retirement Community and the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater.
Our Willful Minors also serve as Ambassadors, helping us spread the word about Los Angeles Drama Club. We recently performed a Curtain Raiser for the Good People Theater Company‘s production of Barrymore.
Would you like to get involved? We need volunteer drivers for our events, and are actively seeking a Willful Minors Van or Bus!