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Our mission at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), is to provide a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Latino Theater Company. In January 2006, the Latino Theater Company was awarded a 20-year lease for the Los Angeles Theatre Center from the City of Los Angeles and received a $4 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to refurbish the building. In October 2007, the building was re-opened as the new Los Angeles Theatre Center.
In 2008, the first full season was produced with multi- disciplinary programming that reflects the population of Los Angeles.
The Spring Season, Spring on Spring Street, searches the soul of the new Los Angeles through Theater, Dance, Music, & Conversation and offers a dynamic three-month series of Los Angeles theater, music, and dance artists. The Spring Season provides a stage for the diverse voices that make up the Greater Los Angeles area and is an open invitation to local and national artists to present their works and to create a dynamic conversation about today’s society. The season includes conversations with some of the most prominent Angelenos; concerts by locally renowned musicians of diverse communities accessible to young and mature audiences from all ethnic backgrounds; and theater, dance and spoken word performances at one of the lowest priced tickets in the City of Los Angeles.
The Fall Season, Face of the World, from September to December, focuses on presenting works from a diverse array of cultures. The Latino Theater Company has invited six theater companies to form a Cultural Roundtable to provide programming that celebrates the multi-cultural population of Los Angeles. These partners will work with the Latino Theater Company to present new and well-established culturally specific works. Face of the World addresses contemporary universal themes and creates meaningful cross-cultural dialogue, expanding artistic expression of theater in Los Angeles. Some of the artists featured in our seasons include: American Indian Dance Theatre (National), SITI Company (NY), Marta Carrasco, (Spain), Rossana Gamson/World Wide (LA), Robey Theatre Company (LA), Ofelia Medina (Mexico), The Jose Limón Dance Company (NY), and Amy Hill (LA), among others.
In 2008, we served 130 artists and arts organizations by providing affordable space rental and donation of space for rehearsals, performances and cultural events and over 39,000 people attended events at the center. Today, the Los Angeles Theatre Center is a world-class arts center for those pursing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future. We are committed to artistic professionalism, inclusion, and reflection of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and is operated by the Latino Theater Company.
The Latino Theater Company has demonstrated over 23 years of commitment to creating and producing some of the most exciting main stage theater in the Los Angeles area. Founded in 1985 by current Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela, under the auspices of the former Los Angeles Theatre Center, and known then as the Latino Theater Lab, the company began its legacy of producing memorable work. Examples include: August 29th, Stone Wedding, Roosters, The Promise, La Victima, and Noche de Risa y Susto or Die Laughing, a Day of the Dead fundraising celebration. The Company also created the New Voices Playwriting Series that commissioned many playwrights including Octavio Solis, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Cherrie Moraga, and Milcha Sanchez-Scott.
In 1991, the Latino Theater Company took residency at the Mark Taper Forum where Jose Luis Valenzuela created the Latino Theater Initiative. While at the Taper, there was a historic run of Latino plays including Carpa Clash by Culture Clash, Luis Valdez’s Bandido, and Eduardo Machado’s Floating Islands. In 1995, the company’s search for a more direct way of serving the Latino community resulted in the group’s move to Plaza de La Raza in East LA, where the company offered its first full season. A subsequent move back to the Los Angeles Theatre Center for a production of Luminarias was followed by the award winning feature-film adaptation, that starred Cheech Marin, Scott Bakula, Lupe Ontiveros, and several Latino Theater Company members.
For the last seven years, the Latino Theater Company offered their production of the Spanish language pageant play, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, free to the public at the downtown Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The play has become an annual holiday tradition, increasing access to the arts for low-income, working class families in Los Angeles.
In 2003, the Latino Theater Company’s production, Dementia, garnered the prestigious GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production in Los Angeles as well as four Ovation Award nominations in the mid-size theater category. In the same year, the Latino Theater Company incorporated 21 young theater artists to form the Latino Theater Lab. The Latino Theater Lab presented two works: the movement piece War, in 2003, and Melancholia, in 2005.
In January 2006, the Latino Theater Company was awarded a 20-year lease for the Los Angeles Theatre Center from the City of Los Angeles and received a $4 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to refurbish the building.
Artistic Director | Jose Luis Valenzuela
Member | Evelina Fernandez
Member | Lupe Ontiveros†
Member | Sal Lopez
Member | Geoffrey Rivas
Member | Lucy Rodriguez
José Luis Valenzuela | Board President
Artistic Director | Latino Theater Company
Moctesuma Esparza | Board Chairman
Film Producer | Maya Cinemas
Cástulo de la Rocha | Board Vice-Chair
President & CEO | Alta Med Health Services
Liza Hirsch Medina | Board Secretary
Geoffrey Rivas | Board Treasurer
Producer / Actor | Latino Theater Company
Board of Directors
Donald P. Baker
Chairman & CEO | CDI Capital Group, LLC
James E. Blancarte
Partner & Attorney-At Law | Adorno Yoss Alvarado and Smith
General Manager | Fox InvestmentCompany
Maria Elena Durazo
Executive Secretary-Treasurer | L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Alycia D. Enciso
Alycia Enciso & Associates
Founding Member | Latino Theater Company
Victor M. Franco
Vice President of Community Affairs & Media Relations | Telemundo TV 52
Dennis E. Leoni
Executive Television Producer | Patagonia House
Producer/Actor | Latino Theater Company
Diane G. Medina
Director of Diversity Programs and Community Relations | KABC-TV
Founding Member | Latino Theater Company
Senior Vice President-Business Affairs | Twentieth Century Fox Television
Art M. Gastelum
President | Gateway Sciences & Engineering, Inc.
Producer / Actor | Latino Theater Company
Walter F. Ulloa
Chairman & CEO | Entravision Communications Corporation
Film Producer | Summer Magic Production, Inc.
President & CEO | Hispanic Scholarship Fund
To achieve the goal of providing programming that is relevant and relates to many different cultures in the city, five theater companies form the Los Angeles Theatre Center Cultural Roundtable who present and produce new and well-established culturally specific works that connect to the broad range of Los Angeles residents, expanding artistic theatrical expression in Los Angeles.
Latino Theater Company
A true ensemble group, The Latino Theater Company has demonstrated over 25 years of commitment to creating and producing some of the most exciting main stage theater in the Los Angeles area that investigates the U.S. Latino experience.
Robey Theatre Company
Los Angeles-based theater company dedicated to developing and producing new works about the Black experience.
Cedar Grove OnStage
Asian-American production company that produces plays and short films investigating Asian American themes.
Theater production company committed to producing new stage works written exclusively by emerging LA playwrights.
American Indian Dance Theatre
Traditional Native American dance company that tours to share a living culture with others.