Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non-profit arts organization
in Hollywood, California. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest
continually running theatre company in Los Angeles. Over the years Theatre
West's plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop
in Central Park) and have become feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful).
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
Theatre West is a democratic cooperative dedicated to the
artistic growth of its members. The threefold mission statement is to
conduct workshops to further our member's artistic growth, present performances
grown from those workshops and to do outreach to the greater community,
which we accomplish through education, children's theatre, and partnering
with local schools.
Theatre West has produced over 250 plays—two-thirds
of them original pieces—while maintaining a free weekly workshop for
young Associate Members and ongoing workshops for Company Members. Theatre
West’s work has been applauded with Tony Awards, Obies, 9 LA Drama Critics
Awards, 7 NAACP Image Awards, and over 130 Drama-Logue Awards. Internationally,
Theatre West has 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.
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,
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S, and other groups.