Thanks to your support, we've been able to raise over
$150,000 (100% of our goal) through our 15 Years, 15 Voices campaign!
Together we are providing youth with a voice and creative outlet.
Please join US
in inspiring lives through theatre.
year The Unusual Suspects (US) celebrates its birthday by
spotlighting 15 voices from the last 15 years. These voices represent
the community of youth, artists, staff, volunteers, funders and
partners that have been such an important of our history. Keep your
eyes open for the next 15 Years, 15 Voices and make the next 15 years
as transformative as the last by helping us reach our goal of raising
$150,000 the next 15 months!
with Paula Litt
By Amy Ellenberger
Paula Litt has a long history of
supporting change-makers like The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. As
a member of the Board of Directors at the Liberty Hill Foundation, she
has been a key component to the growth and development of US
over the last 15 years.
Paula was first introduced to The Unusual Suspects when she did a
favor for a friend. She was put in contact with founder Laura Leigh
Hughes, who at the time was seeking advice on how to set up a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Paula was immediately inspired by
Laura Leigh’s commitment and dedication to working with at-risk youth
in response to the 1992 L.A. riots. Paula commented, “The minute I met
Laura Leigh, I was incredibly impressed and wanted to help her in
whatever way I could.” That meeting was the beginning of an important
journey with US.
Since then Paula has helped The Unusual Suspects by consulting with
the staff on fundraising and board development issues. In addition to
becoming a donor herself, she has encouraged others to give to the
organization privately and through the Liberty Hill Foundation.
The Unusual Suspects and The Liberty Hill Foundation share a common
goal of advancing social justice in Los Angeles. Liberty Hill has been
a progressive voice in supporting change since it opened its doors in
1976 by giving away nearly $23 million to community organizations in
L.A. County. Paula has been an integral part of bringing Liberty
Hill’s expertise and passion for equality and opportunity to the
Unusual Suspects over the years.
“US provides important programming for at-risk youth,
which in turn benefits L.A. Art in general and theatre in particular
can provide an important outlet for youth to achieve direction and
build self-esteem. US is a model organization that other
groups in Los Angeles and across the nation can learn from.”
Paula is being honored for her service to The Unusual Suspects at the
Inaugural Spring Gala “Speak Easy, Do Good!” on May 28, 2009 at the
Oviatt Penthouse in downtown Los Angeles. US will
recognize her contributions at the event, along with an Unusual
Suspects alum and David Henry Hwang, playwright and finalist for the
2008 Pulitzer Prize.
“When my memory takes me back 15 years to when I first met Laura
Leigh, I get a smile on my face thinking of how far US
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