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  • MISSION

    The mission of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre.
  • PROGRAMS

    Unlike any other program, The Unusual Suspects trains as an ensemble, using theatre to create community and belonging.
  • SUPPORT

    The Unusual Suspects serves the hardest to reach youth, offering free programming to more than 1,300 individuals each year.
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WHO WE ARE

We are a group of dedicated educators, writers, actors, directors, mentors and volunteers who transform hearts, minds, lives and communities by empowering young people to own and share their stories.

WHAT WE DO

In collaborative workshop settings, we mentor youth to write and perform their stories, using theater to champion those most desperate to be heard and toughest to reach. We teach confidence, choice, hope, and empathy.

WHY WE DO IT

Every child from every neighborhood deserves a place to belong, the freedom to safely express themselves, an opportunity to be seen, heard, and known, and the chance to dream and achieve beyond their circumstance.

The vision of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

THE PROBLEM IS REAL
SO IS THE SOLUTION

For over 20 years, The Unusual Suspects has responded to the systemic challenges facing Los Angeles’ youth. The Unusual Suspects participants break patterns of recidivism, gang activity and violence, and go on to be graduates, dreamers, leaders and mentors who are engaged in and give back to their communities.

Annual cost to incarcerate one youth in L.A. County

Cost for one youth to participate in The Unusual Suspects program

Los Angeles Unified School District high-school dropout rate

Percentage of The Unusual Suspects participants who stay in school

A YEAR OF IMPACT

programs

24

programs


volunteers

100

volunteers


participants

1300

participants


audience members

1680

audience members


community members

10,000+

community members

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MY NAME IS Tameka

and I am an alumna. When I was 16 The Unusual Suspects and I found each other. I always had the sense that I was going somewhere, that I was going to succeed, I just didn’t know how.   Through this experience I discovered my voice and my pathway to college and beyond.

YOUR HELP = IMPACT

GET INVOLVED!

Your contributions are essential. Thanks to your support, we are investing in our communities and empowering the hardest to reach youth of Los Angeles to create new story lines in their own lives every day.

MY NAME IS Andrea

and I am an LAUSD teacher. The Unusual Suspects instill excitement, interest and competency in learning using creative interventions for our at risk students at San Fernando High School.  These vital skills, and learned self esteem are forever lessons that students use throughout their lives. Thank you US!

JOIN US FOR POWERFUL PERFORMANCES

This semester, there are after-school playwriting workshops happening throughout LA County where groups of talented students are learning to work together as an ensemble to create one amazing original play.  These works will be presented as Page Plays, public staged readings performed by professional Hollywood actors with scripts in hand, with our students there to walk you through their creative process.  Honor their voices by joining us as an audience member and bear witness to their work.

Campus Kilpatrick VIP Culmination @ Camp Resnik

January 12, 2019

Our newly-refined VOICES FROM INSIDE PROGRAM is an outgrowth of our 20+ years of experience working with incarcerated and system-engaged youth and our ongoing collaboration with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, of which we are a founding member. Designed to augment L.A. County Probation’s innovative new “L.A. Model” for juvenile justice reform, this innovative program combines in-class and after-school theatre-arts education with trauma-informed healing practices to provide standards-based theatre-arts education and mentoring to the county’s most hardened minors.   TIME TBD   *US invited guests are required to be cleared by Probation to attend the public performance. Please email yolanda@theunusualsuspects.org if you would like to attend.

Central Juvenile Hall VIP Culmination

January 19, 2019

Our newly-refined VOICES FROM INSIDE PROGRAM is an outgrowth of our 20+ years of experience working with incarcerated and system-engaged youth and our ongoing collaboration with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, of which we are a founding member. Designed to augment L.A. County Probation’s innovative new “L.A. Model” for juvenile justice reform, this innovative program combines in-class and after-school theatre-arts education with trauma-informed healing practices to provide standards-based theatre-arts education and mentoring to the county’s most hardened minors. TIME TBD *US invited guests are required to be cleared by Probation to attend the public performance. Please email yolanda@theunusualsuspects.org if you would like to attend.

San Fernando High School Performance

March 22, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

San Fernando High School students will perform their originally-written play from Fall 2018, “Because of Bo’s Light.” Synopsis: A young boy and his sister, along with their friends, embark on a journey to defeat a cruel and ruthless tyrant. In this original story of good vs. evil, Bo and his sister Mary must find their way to villainous Eris’ castle and try to stop her before she does irreparable damage to the planet. Along the way, they learn that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, and even superheroes need a little help now and then. Admission is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.