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  • GALA

    Join US at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on May 8th for our 10th annual gala, honoring Master Teaching Artist Zach Brown, and Actor Tiffany Haddish!
  • 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.
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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

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volunteers

100

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participants

1300

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audience members

1680

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community members

10,000+

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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

Right now, there are Unusual Suspects’ performance workshops happening at schools & juvenile detention centers throughout LA County where groups of talented students are learning to work together as an ensemble to create one amazing original play. This semester, works that were written during our fall playwriting workshops will be entirely performed by our students. Honor their voices by joining us as an audience member and bear witness to their work.

Edison Middle School Performance of “Family > Revenge”

April 27 @ 6:00 pm

The talented Unusual Suspects students at Edison Middle School have written an original play that they will perform in a free public show on Friday, April 27th! In their play we meet junior high student Jules, who is trying to deal with the stress of family and school. To make matters more complicated, he discovers he now has supernatural powers that come at a cost. Chaos ensues as he tries to navigate his abilities when his best friend (or rather, former best friend) Jojo’s father goes missing after he causes an accidental explosion. This ignites a journey that includes angry robot dogs, castles, lions, power plants, and papayas.  

The Unusual Suspects’ 10th Annual Gala: Be Unusual

May 8 @ 7:00 pm

Save the date for our upcoming 10th Annual Gala honoring Master Teaching Artist Zach Brown and Actor Tiffany Haddish. Visit our GALA WEBPAGE to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, and learn more!    

Vaughn Middle School Performance of “Rise of the Dangels”

May 18 @ 6:30 pm

The talented Unusual Suspects middle-school participants at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center have written an original play that they will perform in a free public performance on Friday, May 18th! “Rise of the Dangels” tells the story of Hazel and Arin, who are sisters. Hazel dreams of one day becoming a famous painter, while Arin longs for the stage and the spotlight. After getting news of their parents’ divorce, the sisters discover the mythical secrets of their family’s origin and are forced to choose: go with their Mother Athena, powerful royalty of the underworld, or their father Lucy a kind but humble man. Their choices send the two sisters down very different paths, and we follow both journeys as they navigate the dangerous, romantic, and magical consequences of their decision. With help from their animal companions, Burt and Melissa, Hazel and Arin will learn the power of family, love,