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Straight from the Suspects: Their Creative Process

December 30, 2017
The best way to understand what makes The Unusual Suspects programs so powerful is to join the audience for a performance. And the next best way is to watch this short video of our students explaining how they wrote their plays! The Unusual Suspects brought in-depth theatre workshops to over 1200

We’d Like to Introduce You to Olga…

December 27, 2017
    Olga has been a part of The Unusual Suspects for 10 years! She began with our intergenerational Neighborhood Voices Program when her children were young, to build a supportive community for her family. This spring, after years of participating on her own, her husband and sons joined

We Want to Share Jelani’s Poem with You

December 20, 2017
JUROR KING I know how it is when you locked up in the pen Tryna lock a brother up like they committed a evil sin. So I don’t agree with the system Tryna tell me just to listen You locked a little boy up On trial like a grown up. Just fighting for his life On me that ain’t even right. Strike and

It’s Time for a Change

December 19, 2017
    Dear friend, When I attended my first Unusual Suspects performance in 2007, it was clear to me what a special organization this was.  Among its many gifts, The Unusual Suspects allows kids a chance to discover their own voices, and then provides them a place where those voices are

So Much to be Grateful for This Year!

November 15, 2017
Page Plays are Taking the Stage! Page Plays are a celebration of our 10-week playwriting program, and so much more:     First, our youth playwrights lead the audience in warm-ups and games that they’ve learned in the program…   …next, we hear from the students

Mark your calendars!

October 18, 2017
Mark Your Calendars! A Night With US: Supernatural Scenes from the Suspects   Join US Thursday, November 2nd at Three Clubs for an evening of staged readings, cocktails, and conversation hosted by our friend, Tess Paras. No advance tickets, just a $10 suggested donation at the door!  

Building Confidence and Hope

September 29, 2017
  Dear friends, I know there is a lot happening in the world right now. A lot of people are in need, and there are a lot of important issues to support. It can be overwhelming. At the same time, there are too many young people hurting in our city. Too many minors incarcerated in Los Angeles

Change Happens When We Work Together

September 21, 2017
Dear friends, Last week I told you about changes happening in our juvenile justice system and how The Unusual Suspects are part of that change (click HERE if you missed it). In Part 2, I want to introduce you to Jean Carlos, a young man who joined our program last year while he was incarcerated in

Can We End Juvenile Incarceration?

September 14, 2017
Dear friends, Together with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, The Unusual Suspects are on the front lines of a groundbreaking change for the Los Angeles juvenile justice system. It’s called the L.A. Model and we are part of the pilot program happening now at the juvenile detention

“How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime”

September 7, 2017
In the spirit of our September series on Campus Kilpatrick and the LA Model, we are pleased to share this TED Talk entitled “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime” (September 2014) by Nadine Burke Harris, filmed in San Francisco,

“A Culture of Care for All: Envisioning the LA Model”

September 6, 2017
In the spirit of our September series on Campus Kilpatrick and the LA Model, we are pleased to share the introduction from a policy report (2017) commissioned by The Children’s Defense Fund and written by Hailly T.N. Korman (Bellwether Education Partners), Carly B. Dierkhising (California

One Play at a Time

August 24, 2017
  Incarcerated youth present their original play, Reflection: The Rico Story, at Camp Gonzales, June 2017. Moving California Forward One Play at a Time As part of Elevate California, our Executive Director, Melissa Denton, and Board Member/Alumna, Tameka Carter, wrote an Op-Ed sharing their
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