History and Background
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.
The Latino Theater Company is also committed to creating comprehensive educational programs, including the Summer Conservatory. This program was developed to create opportunities in theater arts for youth between 14 and 18 years of age from under-served communities of Los Angeles and surrounding areas to experience and train in a university-like program.
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.