Watts Village Theater Company receives American Theatre Wing's National Theatre Comp Grant (LA) — Watts Village Theater Company — AAPEX

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Watts Village Theater Company receives American Theatre Wing's National Theatre Comp Grant (LA)

In the same manner that a Quinceañera signifies stepping into adulthood, the 15th anniversary of Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) signifies our coming of age. WVTC is taking a step onto the national stage; this year, we are honored to receive the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Grant, recognizing the top 10 most promising small theatre companies in the country. This May we celebrated WVTC Coming of Age at the California African American Museum, honoring Rosie Lee Hooks (Watts Towers Arts Center) and Clifton Johnson (Union Bank, Magic Johnson Foundation, Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club) as our Community Towers.

WVTC has also received national attention from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, Plum Foundation, Bank of America and now the American Theatre Wing. Thanks to your support, we are pleased to announce our most ambitious season ever in 2012, including a staged reading ofThe Riot/Rebellion based on interviews of eye-witnesses of the 1965 Watts Riots, a red-carpet world-premiere documentary of Meet Me @Metro, Josephina Lopez’s Simply Maria in collaboration with Animo Watts Charter High School, Meet Me @Metro: Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasures in East LA, and our signature play development series Black Words on White Pages. Moving ahead, we are pleased to welcome David Guerra, our new Associate Artistic Director, and our newest board members, Farid Ben Amor, Stephen Wang, Karen Lascaris and Julie Siegel. We look forward to introducing all of our new family to you more fully in the newest edition of our newsletter, Watts Up, coming soon.

As we enter our new season, we plan not only to continue providing job opportunities for members of the local community, but also to build on our commitment to provide quality arts education to Watts’ youth. With your support, we will achieve our goal of doubling our individual donor contributions this year. To contribute, click on this link:
Or send a check to "Watts Village Theater Company" at:
Watts Village Theater Company
PO Box 72715
Los Angeles, CA 90002
Happy Holidays and see you soon in Watts,
David Mack
Managing Director, WVTC

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Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez, Artistic Director
David Guerra, Associate Artistic Director

Board of Directors:

Farid Ben Amor, Warner Brothers
David Catanzarite,
Palm Springs High School Performing
Arts Academy
Raquel Cinat,
California Emerging Technologies Fund
Karen Lascaris,
Lascaris Design
Lynn Manning (Chair),
Independent Theatre Artist
Judith Moreland (
Vice-Chair, Secretary),
Julie Siegel,
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
Leslie Tamaribuchi (Treasurer),
Stephen Wang,
Xenon Development
Advisory Board:
Chris Anthony, LA Shakespeare Center
Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Actor, Desperate Housewives
Victor de la Cruz, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Rosie Lee Hooks, Watts Towers Arts Center
Clifton Johnson, Union Bank
Michael Manigault, Bank of America
Robert McCobb, PhD, The Christian Food Center
Debra Piver, Center Theatre Group
Bill Rauch*, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
* emeritus

Legacy Council:
Leo Briones, Centaur North Strategic Communications
Gregory Burks, Youth Opportunity Movement LA
Dolores Chavez, Inner-City Arts
Ernest Dillihay, ACE, LLC
Fred Fate, LA Theater Academy, LA City College
Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater Company

Watts Village Theater Company @ the Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 E 107th St | Los Angeles, CA 90002

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Originally found on LinkedIn's American Theatre Group.

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