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  • 2019 Gala

    The Unusual Suspects is #Celebrating26Years at our 11th Annual Gala on May 7, 2019, honoring Laura Leigh Hughes, Malcolm M. Mays, and Nina Tassler & Jerry Levine Hosted by Melissa Peterman
  • 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.
  • US 26TH ANNIVERSARY

    Join US in celebrating 26 years of providing transformative theatre arts education in schools, juvenile detention centers and in low-income communities, giving underserved youth and our most vulnerable valuable life, social and academic skills, setting them on a path to success.
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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

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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

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.

Neighborhood Voices Performance

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Students, parents, and elders come together for our community based, intergenerational playwriting and performance workshop. Our intergenerational Neighborhood Voices program is a 12-week intensive workshop that brings parents and adult community members together to create & perform their own modernized fable alongside their children and other youth from their community. The unique experience provides valuable mirroring & mentoring opportunities for the underserved youth who are the focus of our work. Admission is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.

Markham Middle School Performance

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Markham Middle School students will perform their originally-written play from Fall 2018, “Time is Ticking: The Adventures of So’lana.” Synopsis: A young witch named So’lana King has the dream of becoming a singer. So’lana has her heart set on going to The University of the Arts, and she has been working hard to prepare for her college audition. So’lana is on the brink of her 18th birthday when, unbeknownst to herself, she will inherit a full set of magical powers passed down to her from her mother, Vanessa. Vanessa has knowingly withheld these magical secrets from her loved ones resulting in her own abduction, the failure of So’lana’s college audition, and time itself being thrown out of whack to correct her mistake. So’lana, with the help of her best friend Alexx and her father, follow her newly budding magical powers to help save the day. With love, belief, and forgiveness,

Sepulveda Middle School Performance

May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sepulveda Middle School students will perform their originally-written play from Fall 2018, “The Elemental Journey.” Synopsis: In a magical world full of wizards, minions, and talking castles, a young wizard named Margarette is cursed on her birthday by an evil witch, becoming a werewolf! Many years later, she has learned to split time between her human and wolf families, while her brother, Hydro, trains at Wizard Camp. When the witch returns and diminishes the powers of every wizard in the world, Hydro and his friends embark on a quest to restore everyone’s powers by winning the Weather Wizard’s Tournament. The ultimate prize: The winner’s greatest wish. The witch, who wants to rule the world, tricks Hydro, turning him into her Ultimate Wizard so he can win the tournament for her. Margarette, the most powerful Fire Wizard in the world, is the only person who can stop him. Can she find a