LATC International Theatre Institute ENGLISH


The LATC International Theater Institute (LATCITI) which is created by the Los Angeles Theatre Center commits to spread and present American Theater and American Theater Education around the world, especially Asia in the 21st century.

The LATCITI has an ambitious mission: to train international emerging theater practitioners and to build an intercultural artistic platform globally.

The Institute will promote the American Theater and its practice and methodologies through three unique programs: a ten-day intensive actor training program, a four-week summer young adult program and the Global Theater Elite Program (GTEP), a three-month residency project. GTEP is initiated by the Director of the LATC International Theater Institute Jeff Fan who also serves as the International Research Professor at Shanghai Theater Academy.

LATC ITI aspires to build a platform among American and Asian young theater professionals to communicate their artistic vision and work.

One of the main commitments for the LATC ITI is to translate 21st century American award-winning plays, such as Pulitzer, Tony, Obie winning works into Chinese or other Asian languages. In addition, the Institute aims to help the young artist produce and perform these works in their countries of origin.

LATC ITI is also committed to inviting theater scholars and artistic directors from Asia to the LATC to help bridge the American and Asian Theater through an annual summit or conference.


JEFF FAN, Director of the LATC International Theater Institute.
Jeff is originally from Shanghai, China. He also comes from an artistic family. His father is a Professor Emeritus at the Shanghai Theater Academy (STA) and is an Advisor to the National Theater of China in Beijing and was Visiting Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his mother is a Peking Opera artist and educator. Jeff holds his M.F.A from UCLA in Directing, an M.A. in Directing Chinese Opera and a B.A. in Theater Directing from Shanghai Theater Academy (STA). He also studied Theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2015, Jeff was invited by Professor He to return to his alma mater to help reform theater education system at the Shanghai Theater Academy. He created an undergraduate course for the STA called Theatrical Experience 101 which helps give exposure to students in the medium of live theater. He currently serves as the International Research Professor at STA.

JOSE LUIS VALENZUELA, Artistic Director, The Latino Theater Company & Board President, The Los Angeles Theatre Center
José Luis Valenzuela is an award winning theater/film director and Distinguished Professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. For over 30 years he has directed critically acclaimed productions at major regional theaters including DESTINY OF DESIRE at South Coast Repertory and Arena Stage. He has numerous productions at the Los Angeles Theatre Center where he created the Latino Theatre Lab in 1985 and the Mark Taper Forum where he established the Latino Theater Initiative. Since 2006 he has been the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, creating a theater center that is at the forefront of the commitment to diversity in the American Theater. He most recently directed DESTINY OF DESIRE by Karen Zacarias, A MEXICAN TRILOGY, AN AMERICAN STORY by Evelina Fernandez (LATC), La Victima by El Teatro de La Esperanza (LATC), and La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin (Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral), all produced by the Latino Theater Company. His international directing credits include Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the Ibsen Theater and the Norland Theatre in Norway and Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman at the National Theatre of Norway. In 2002 he directed the World premiere of Dementia, written by Evelina Fernandez, for the Latino Theater Initiative which won the 2003 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production in Los Angeles. Mr. Valenzuela is the recipient of the Ann C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnership Prize and the Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero of the Year Award. He is on the advisory board of HowlRound and spearheaded the Encuentro 2014, a month-long gathering of Latino/a theater artists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In 2018 he will produce the second Encuentro festival, “De las Americas” which will expand its reach and bring productions from North, Central, and South Americas as well as the Caribbean.