COMPANY STRUCTURE

Theatre West is a democratic artistic cooperative of actors, writers, directors, administrators, executive and artistic Board members and technical professionals dedicated to the artistic growth of its members.

Our threefold mission statement is to conduct workshops to further our members' artistic growth, present performances grown from those workshops and to do outreach to the greater community. Dues paying company members enjoy access to workshops in acting, playwriting, musical theatre and Shakespeare.

JOIN THE COMPANY

Theatre West is a workshop-oriented company. Weekly workshops are offered in Acting, Writing, Musical Comedy and Shakespeare. They are only open to Theatre West members. Theatre West is a dues paying company. Dues are $50 a month with a one time initiation fee of $100. First year members must also volunteer at the theatre for a minimum of 6 hours per month. It is a great way to get acquainted with the company.

HOW TO JOIN

First submit a picture and resume. Mail Pics, Resumes, Scripts and other material to: Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd West, Hollywood CA 90068, or online at office@theatrewest.org.

If invited to audition, you will be contacted once audition dates are announced (usually in November). If selected to audition, you will be asked to do a prepared monolgue and a scene (your scene partner does not have to be an invited auditioner). The total time for both the monologue and the scene should not be more than 5 minutes. (If your partner also wants to do a monologue, your total alloted time will be 8 minutes.)

Theatre West Actors pay a $100 initiation fee and $50 per month in dues. Mandatory volunteer work hours are required in the first year of membership.There is no fee to audition. Some actors who are not voted into membership may be asked if they’d like to be an Associate Member (See Associates under How To Join The Company).

Playwrights are asked to submit a full length play (no screenplays) and email them to: office@theatrewest.org in a PDF Format.

It will be read by at least three Theatre West members, who will then offer their critique to the Artistic Board and the Writing Workshop Moderator. They will then vote upon membership acceptance.

Theatre West Writers pay a $100 initiation fee and $50 per month in dues. Mandatory volunteer work hours are required in the first year of membership.

Directors may join as an Observing Member by submitting a resume. They then have 3 months to mount a scene with company members which will act as their audition for the company.

As Observing Members, Directors do not pay dues (nor can they vote, etc). After they are accepted into the company, they pay the regular monthly dues. ($50 per month, plus mandatory work hours the first year).

Technical Members are usually brought into productions by company members familiar with their work, though you are welcome to send in a resume for membership approval by the Board.

Technical Members do not pay dues.

We are looking for talented and dedicated young actors interested in making Theatre West their artistic home. To petition to be an Associate,  please submit a picture, resume, and cover letter to: office@theatrewest.org.

The Associate Program at Theatre West is a two-year program. Associate members pay $10 a month dues and are required to attend a Thursday evening acting workshop from 7 to 10 PM.

Associate members are also required to complete a work call from 6 to 7 PM on Thursday evenings before the Associate Workshop begins. This entails the general cleaning and maintenance of the theater.

Associates are invited to attend all evening company workshops in Acting, Playwriting, Musical Theatre and Shakespeare. Associate members are also able to audition for all projects at Theatre West.

Associates are eligible to join as full company members after two years of successfully completing the Associate Program, following Artistic Board approval.

No associate may remain in the Associate Program for more than two years.

WORKSHOPS

Once you are invited to join the company, you may attend and participate in any of our workshops.

ACTING WORKSHOP

The Monday night Acting Workshop is the core of Theatre West. Work is initiated and prepared by individual members, varying from scenes to full length plays, poetry, monologues and musical theatre. A moderated critique is presented.

WRITERS WORKSHOP

Writers may bring in long or short pieces for moderated critique. Many of Theatre West’s main stage productions begin to take shape right here. Only stage works are workshopped — no screenplays.

SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

The Moderator guides the group through the canon. Focus is on understanding and interpretation of the Bard.

BETTY GARRETT MUSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP

Members bring in songs for critique from a moderator. An accompanist is provided.

MARVIN KAPLIN ASSOCIATES PROGRAM

This is a curriculum-based acting and scene study class for our Associate Members.

STAFF, MEMBERS & HEADSHOTS


ARTISTIC BOARD 2019-2020

  • Garry Kluger, Chairman
  • Bonnie Kalisher Dukes
  • David P. Johnson
  • Ernest McDaniel
  • Dina Morrone
  • Tatum Shank
  • Michael Van Duzer
Chairpersons Emeritus
  • Roger Kent Cruz
  • Betty Garrett
  • Matthew Hoffman

WORKSHOP MODERATORS

  • Rob Brownstein
  • Chris Di Giovanni
  • Anthony Gruppuso
  • Doug Haverty
  • Jody Jaress
  • Nick Mc Dow
  • Carmen Milito
  • Levy Lee Simon
  • Vincent Spano
  • Howard Storm
  • Michael Van Duzer

STORYBOOK THEATRE

  • Lloyd Schwartz
  • Barbara Mallory-Schwartz

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Cathy Merriman-Cygan Actress, producer
  • Lori Gangemi CEO, Ability First
  • Mary Gedeon Legal Advisory
  • M. Bruce Gumbiner First VP, American Business Bank
  • Col. Darryl Harrelson MLE Studios
  • Beth Holt Director, Kaplan-Loring Foundation
  • Gordon Letter, Esq. Attorney-at-Law
  • Steve Mitchell Graphic Designer, Printer
  • Maryam Morrison Publisher, The Eden Magazine
  • Matthew Morrison US Military – Veteran
  • Lori Oliwenstein Editorial Director, Calif Institute of Technology
  • Karen Ragan-George Actor/Writer/Activist
  • Stephen Rivkin President, American Cinema Editors
  • Rene Tovar, Esq. Attorney-at-Law

STAFF

  • Education Director – Heather Keller McCarthy
  • Website/Graphics – 
  • Graphics – Doug Haverty
  • IT – Tony Battelle
  • Box Office – Michael Van Duzer
  • Technical Director – Ernest McDaniel
  • Archival Consultant – Philip Sokoloff
  • Historian – Noel Shire

TEACHING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

  • Kira Brannlund

COMPANY MEMBERS

  • Abbott Alexander
  • Jeanine Anderson
  • Heidi Appe
  • Debra Armani
  • Sade Ayodele
  • Maray Ayres
  • Riley Rae Baker
  • Todd Ball
  • Sara Ballantine
  • Kathie Barnes
  • Emilia Barrosse
  • Oliva Bates
  • Tony Battelle
  • Jim Beaver
  • Barbara Beery
  • Diane Berendes
  • Alena Bernardi
  • Ian David Bossung
  • Beau Bridges
  • Emily Bridges
  • Kira Brannlund
  • John Candelario
  • Suzanne M. Collins
  • Jacque Lynn Colton
  • James J. Cox
  • Roger Kent Cruz
  • Sondra Currie
  • Ivan Cury
  • Julie Daniels
  • Chris DiGiovani
  • Erin Donovan
  • Yancey Dunham
  • Elizabeth DuVall
  • Donald Elson
  • Mari Falcone
  • Kristen Farrell
  • Jody Fasanella
  • Ashley Felkner
  • Johnny Ferretti
  • Leesa Freed
  • Cyndy Fujikawa
  • Meghan Gambly
  • Deanna Gandy
  • Kathy Garrick
  • Paul Gersten
  • Ann Gibbs
  • Jean Glaude
  • James A. Goins
  • Samantha Gregory
  • Anthony Gruppuso
  • Paul Gunning
  • James Hankee
  • Darryl Harrelson
  • Doug Haverty
  • Brayen Hade
  • Elayne Heilveil
  • Ted Heyck
  • Ahsa Noel Iyer
  • Cecil Jennings
  • Tai Joe
  • David P. Johnson
  • Ivy Jones
  • Jill Jones
  • Bonnie Kalisher
  • Jeremy Kehoe
  • Heather Keller
  • Daniel Keough
  • Garry Kluger
  • Emily Kluger
  • Mimi Kmet
  • Maria Kress
  • Jack Kutcher
  • Robert Laur
  • Arden Teresa Lewis
  • Greg Lewis
  • Anne Leyden
  • Bruce Liberty
  • David Lee Lindsey
  • Marc Littman
  • Marcel Logan
  • Paula K. Long
  • Joan Lynch
  • Barbara Mallory
  • Alexander Mashikian
  • Ernest McDaniel
  • Nick McDow Musleh
  • Kerry Melachouris
  • Constance Mellors
  • Deanne Mencher
  • Thomas Mendola
  • Lee Meriwether
  • Kres Mersky
  • Keyara Milliner
  • David Mingrino
  • Don Moore
  • Dina Morrone
  • Don Moss
  • Charlie Mount
  • Joe Nassi
  • Ron Nelson
  • Sabastian Nendeck
  • Steve Nevil
  • Anita Noble
  • Trace Oakley
  • Linda Pace Alexander
  • Andrew Parks
  • Andrew Lloyd Preston
  • Kristina Price
  • Lee Purcell
  • Austin Quan
  • Chris Quazzo
  • Jeff G. Rack
  • Clara Rodriguez
  • Barbara Rottman
  • Ben Russell
  • Alan Schack
  • June Schreiner
  • Elliot Schwartz
  • Lloyd Schwartz
  • Anna Scott Simone
  • Benjamin Scuglia
  • Bill Sehres
  • Tatum Shank
  • Sheila Shaw
  • Sara Shearer
  • Noel Shire
  • Harris Shore
  • Julianne Sillona
  • Amy Simon
  • Rick Simone
  • Phillip Sokoloff
  • Ashley Taylor
  • Tamara Taylor
  • Nalsey Tinberg
  • George Tovar
  • Mark Travis
  • Dianne Travis
  • Abhi Trivedi
  • Lori Tubert
  • Sandra Tucker
  • Emily Rose Unnasch
  • Michael Van Duzer
  • Darryl Vinyard
  • Thomas Walla
  • John David Wallis
  • Seemah Wilder
  • Mark Wilding

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

  • Allison Blaize
  • Paul Bugallo
  • Stephen Howell
  • Ivy Miguel
  • Kather Sei
  • Mallory Stephan
  • Kevin Tomlinson
  • Ari “Mat” Wojciech

IN MEMORIAM

  • Judith Allen
  • Joe Altadonna
  • Roy Battocchio
  • Terry Becker
  • Walter Beery
  • Ivy Bethune
  • John Carter
  • Paul Chipello
  • Don Pedro Cooley
  • John Cygan
  • Terry Evans
  • Gogi Grant
  • Ann Morgan Guilbert
  • Pat Harrington Jr.
  • Marvin Kaplan
  • Jane Kean
  • Casey King
  • Martin Landau
  • Roy Leake
  • Kim McGuire
  • Judith Doty Morse
  • Marni Nixon
  • Betsy Palmer
  • Linda L. Rand
  • Bea Silvern
  • Dick Van Patten
  • Connie Sawyer
  • Joe Sullivan
  • Ron Vernan
  • Murray Weissman