Company of Angels

History

MISSION
Honoring our history as the oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles, Company of Angels produces theater that reflects and responds to the richness, diversity, and complexity that is our city. Our Company of diverse theater artists fosters mutual learning partnerships with the residents of Los Angeles through artistic development opportunities, community building enterprises, and life experiences. Company of Angels develops emerging artists, creates new work, and re-envisions theater to entertain new audiences and serve the City of Angels.

VISION
Company of Angels is dedicated to creating theater that is deeply connected to its community. We aim to share and help give voice to the many stories that exist in our community.

With a collective of Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Designers, and Administrators, our company forges ongoing and meaningful relationships with the residents of Los Angeles.

Since its move to the Downtown, this collective has sought to make our theater function as a town hall where we share ideas and celebrate our differences and similarities.

HISTORY
Founded in 1959 by a group of television and film actors that included Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy and Vic Morrow. Company of Angels is the oldest repertory theater in Los Angeles. The Company spent its early years producing the classics of American theatre as well as presenting new work and received almost every Los Angeles theatrical award, including the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Drama-Logue Award, the LA Weekly Award, and the Ovation Award.

In 2005 the company began to plan for it’s 50th Anniversary by re-assessing its history and planning for its future. This process resulted in a new mission statement that committed the Company to reflecting the City of its birth through the art of theater. Since that time the Company has produced seven seasons (37 plays) of original theater by under-represented artists who more accurately reflect the communities that make up the City of Los Angeles. These plays have included pieces about Thai immigrants held captive in a sweat shop, immigration marriage and gay marriage, Iraq war veterans, and the civil unrest of April 1992. In addition the Company engages non-theater artists from low-income communities including Boyle Heights and Skid Row to develop original theater pieces for performances on our main stage. Our Skid Row project just completed its fourth mainstage production, called Consciousness Under Construction.

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