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    Novel Coronavirus Advisement
    Due to the latest developments around COVID-19/novel coronavirus, and under direction from LAUSD and public health officials, many of our upcoming youth performances have been postponed. Click the link below to get timely updates on our performance schedule as impacted by COVID-19. Check back here for details on how we are responding and reaching our constituents during this global crisis. 
  • Gala 2020 Postponed

    Due to the rapidly growing global crisis surrounding Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the 12th Annual Be Unusual Gala is postponed.


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

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

    Find out how your monthly gift can help US continue to provide transformative theatre arts education to disadvantaged youth and families. When you become a monthly sustainer you will also receive a US T-Shirt!

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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 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.


and I am an LAUSD teacher. The Unusual Suspects instill excitement, interest and competency in learning using creative interventions for our 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!


Please note: Due to the latest developments around the COVID-19/novel coronavirus pandemic, including recent announcements by LAUSD, Governor Newsom, Mayor Garcetti, President Trump, and the CDC, under direction from LAUSD and public health officials, many of our upcoming youth performances have been postponed until further notice.

Performance season typically allows US participants to share their playwriting and performance accomplishments by presenting their original work to a captivated audience. These final performances are the culmination of our programs, and we regret that we will not be able to offer these performances, as originally scheduled, for our youth or supporters this spring.

Our workshops leading up to those performances — taught by our highly skilled teaching artists and guided by our committed volunteer mentors — are uniquely crafted to provide our students a safe place for expression and an environment in which they can grow in their academic and social lives. As we adapt to the changing landscape, please know that we are actively trying to implement alternative programming through digital platforms, and will share developments as they occur. 

Our Response to COVID-19

March 13 - May 1

Due to the latest developments around COVID-19/novel coronavirus, and under direction from LAUSD and public health officials, all Unusual Suspects performances through May 1 will likely be postponed, cancelled, or not open to the public. The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is committed to the health and safety of all our constituents as well as members of the community. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will keep you informed of any further developments. Please feel free to contact us at for additional information. For the most up-to-date information on 2019-nCoV, please visit

Markham Middle School Performance – postponed

April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to evolving public health recommendations and the temporary closure of LAUSD campuses, this performance has been postponed. Markham Middle School students will perform their originally-written play from Fall 2019, “Generations: The Chaotic Martinez Family.” Synopsis: Miami. Magical characters. Vlogging. Chanclas. Jealousy. Natural births. Marriage. Separations. #NotIncluded All of the elements that make up The Martinez family with a lot of problems. Alex Martinez is a teen on a quest to find her dad. However, her mom cautions her against it for fear of Alex being harmed by dark forces. After receiving a vision that Dad has been kidnapped, it is now up to Alex – and her powerful Grandmother Maria – to rescue him and hopefully bring reconciliation to the family. Can you be a pharmacist and social media sensation at the same time? What does a chancla have to do with all of this? Is it

Camp Scott Performance Showcase – postponed

April 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recommendations from public health officials, this performance has been postponed until further notice. Come for a lively, youth-led presentation of an original play written by the girls at Camp Joseph Scott!* Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm *Note: ADVANCED PRE-APPROVAL PROBATION CLEARANCE REQUIRED BY 3/6. Please email for details on how to attend.