ABOUT THEATRE WEST

Established in 1962 Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non profit arts organization and the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles.

Our productions have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California.

Over the years Theatre West’s plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park), to feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful) and have been published (Acting: The First Six Lessons, Thicker Than Water).

Some of Hollywood’s brightest lights have made Theatre West their artistic home, including Betty Garrett, Lee Meriwether, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Bridget Hanley and Philip Abbott.

CONTACT US

PHONE

Box Office: 866-811-4111
Storybook Box Office: 818-761-2203
Administrative Office: 323-851-4839
Administrative Office Fax: 323-851-5286

EMAIL

Email our Main Office

ADDRESS

Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd West, LA, CA, 90068, off the 101, in the Cahuenga Pass, between Barham and Lankershim, just down the block from Universal Studios.

Note: Metro Bus Stop 156 drops off at Cahuenga Blvd West and Oakshire (North and South)

Parking is across the street for $5 — card only, no cash.

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Box office opens 1 hour prior to performances for walk up sales and will call pick up. To purchase tickets in advance click here or call our secure box office line to leave a reservation.

Rent Theatre West

Theatre West is available for producers to stage their own plays, or for film and TV shoots.

Stage Productions
The rate is $900.00 for performance hours
(6pm-11pm for evening shows, 12pm-5pm for matinees.)

Workshops
$50/hour (minimum 2 hours.)

Rehearsal room
$25/hour (minimum two hours.)

Film and Television Shoots
Negotiable. Price is based on shooting needs and requirements.

For more information Call 323-851-4839 or Email our main office

Theater Specs Stage: 40′ wide x 20′ deep / Height to Grid: 10’6″ / Seats: 164

MISSION & VISION

Mission Statement
The mission of Theatre West is to nurture and develop theatre artists by giving them the opportunity to expand their talents and skills through workshops and public performances and to serve the community with invigorating educational programs.

Vision Statement
We believe in the art of theatre to educate, enlighten and entertain. We nurture, cultivate and foster vibrant theatre artists, and we provoke our audiences with plays that reflect the human condition.

DONATIONS & SPONSORS

Fifty-seven years ago, a small group of New York and LA based actors founded Theatre West to create a safe space to hone their craft, challenge their talent, and present works they felt passionate about. Today, Theatre West has grown to include over 165 actors, writers, directors, producers, and stage managers. For 36 years, Theatre West has also been home to Storybook Theatre, a children's interactive theatrical experience. Our mission has always been to entertain and inspire YOU, our treasured Patrons and Donors, and we are extremely grateful for your generosity over the years. Your support today enables us to continue presenting compelling stories that move, inspire, and speak truth to the human condition. We also remain committed to giving back to the community. Thank you to all of our Patrons and Donors!

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  • 2019 Sponsor
  • Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
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  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission
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  • The Lear Family Foundation
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  • NBCUniversal
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  • Councilman David Ryu
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  • Actors Equity Association
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  • Arts in Education Aid Council
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  • Peter Glenville Foundation
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  • Kaplan Loring Foundation
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  • LADWP

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

THEATRE WEST STATEMENT

These are turbulent times. Our streets echo with the righteous anger of American citizens protesting a culture of systemic racism and violence.

The artist members of Theatre West follow the precepts of Hamlet in his Advice to the Players believing “the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.”

The Arts are a mirror, and we use it to reflect almost every experience known to humankind. However, Art also allows us to scrutinize the present, reflect on the past, and ponder the future. We at Theatre West realize that our goals, and the goals of every theatre across the country, must be to work even harder to create a safe artistic home for an ever more diverse group of Actors, Playwrights, Directors, Musicians and Designers. To offer a public platform for the voices of all peoples, especially the marginalized and the oppressed. To decry bigotry and discrimination with a roar that can penetrate our country’s daily din. And if we are honest and courageous, we can hold that truth-telling mirror up to both the ugliness and the beauty of our society in the belief that it will help effect discussion, understanding and change.

Storybook Theatre

Since 1984 Storybook Theatre has been part of our company, honored by The United States Senate and House of Representatives, The County Board of Supervisors, the City Council of Los Angeles and Mayor’s Office. Storybook presents non-threatening, interactive musical theater appropriate for children 3-9 years old.

Education Program K-5

Theatre West’s qualified teaching staff goes into LAUSD classroom and uses theater skills to present positive and invigorating educational instruction that meet California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.

Educating Teachers

We have offered some 2,000 professionals over 5,000 workshops in acting, musical comedy, playwriting, Shakespeare, and improvisation – making art and creating a fun curriculum utilizing vocabulary, math, history, and geography.

Benefits

Theatre West routinely gives back to the community through benefits for local schools, the Valley Jewish Storefront, Hollygrove Orphanage, S.T.A.G.E., APLA, Concern II, and has raised thousands of dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S.

EDUCATION

Theatre West's education programs seek to serve the community by presenting quality theater for younger audiences and using theater skills to present positive and stimulating educational programs that meet California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.

For many years, Theatre West has run a comprehensive set of children's theater and education programs. Storybook Theatre has won numerous awards and recognition by the City, County, State, and US Senate and House of Representatives. Today, Theatre West's educational programs include our Storybook Theatre for the youngest audiences, our Elementary School program, our Middle School Playwrights program, and the High School Theatre programs.

Theatre West reaches out to mostly underserved communities. The education program has been beneficial in helping to empower children and build their self-esteem. And although we are a theater, the program, and the focus are not about acting. Through theater games, children learn the importance of teamwork and working together. Their involvement in the arts helps build confidence, improve classroom skills, and introduce them to a world and perspective they might not have otherwise been exposed to.

Snow White

Over the years, there have been countless School field trips to Theatre West to watch and engage in the presentation of various Storybook productions. Field trips are beneficial for young children to experience live theater, most of them for the very first time. The experience not only improves children's life skills but for some, the experience can be life-changing.

Called the "Best in the West for the squirmy set" by Los Angeles Magazine, and "simply the best at what they do" by the Los Angeles Times, Theatre West's Storybook Theatre is one of only two professional children's theaters for elementary school children in Los Angeles County. And according to AEA, it is one of the highest-impact children's theaters in the US, serving more than 10,000 students a year. It has been presenting young children with interactive, non-threatening theater and musicals, and with stimulating theater-based education programs for thirty-five years.

Theatre West's education programs include:

  • adapt classic stories and fairy tales into non-threatening plays and musicals that contain messages and lessons for young audiences
  • present these adaptations as fully staged productions at Theatre West
  • bring young audiences to these productions from across Los Angeles, even providing transportation from underserved areas when possible
  • partner with schools to bring theatre professionals into the classroom to use theater as vehicles for teaching storytelling, drama, reading, English, and language skills and to teach about theater in accordance with VAPA.

The actor/teachers from Theatre West bring a vital and electric energy into the classroom that seems to ignite the student’s creative juices! … Their style of classroom management shows an intuitive sensitivity to each student’s hidden fears as well as their ability to be brave…. As a participating classroom teacher, I feel more confident to use new theater techniques in conjunction with my Open Court stories and units… My students were so engaged and excited during the sessions with Theatre West that the classroom seemed to become one functioning organism…the actor/teachers guiding my students to moments of excitement and to moments of quiet.

~ Cecile Cabeen, Teacher, & Dr. Judy Perez, Principal, Hancock Park ES

AWARDS

Our work has been applauded with Tony Awards, Obies, Ovations Award Nominations, 9 LA Drama Critics Awards, Valley Theatre Awards, 7 NAACP Image Awards, and over 130 Drama-Logue Awards. Internationally, we have been nominated by the BBC for the Best of the Fringe, and awarded the coveted Cover of the Scotsman at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as Best Ensemble Award at the Dublin Festival. We have also been honored at the annual Charlie Awards presented by The Hollywood Arts Council.