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Broadway World Features The Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon!

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is launching the Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon, beginning August 10. The company is inviting people to write or perform something original, record a performance of their students' work, or share visual art! If creating isn't your thing, you can instead choose to donate or support a different creator ...
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Yahoo Highlights The Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon!

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company Hosts Virtual CREATE-A-THON Fundraiser starting August 10th to Benefit Underserved Youth and Families in Los Angeles. The Create-A-Thon will raise vital funds to continue offering and expand US's impactful, award-winning programs at no cost to partnering schools or participants, helping to fill a critical gap in access to arts-education at high-needs, arts-poor public schools and juvenile detention centers ...
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Melissa Peterman Speaks to KTLA About the UnUSual Create-A-Thon!

Actress, US Board Member and Create-A-Thon Host Melissa Peterman Speaks to KTLA About US. The Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon is a multi-week, marathon inspired digital fundraising campaign driven by our mission to mentor, educate and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Every dollar raised goes towards our virtual programs that reveal the power of our theatre-based programs to heal, educate and enrich those we serve ...
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ABC Features the UnUSual Create-A-Thon!

Actress & Create-A-Thon Host Melissa Peterman & US Executive Director Melissa Denton featured on ABC! The Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon is a multi-week, marathon inspired digital fundraising campaign driven by our mission to mentor, educate and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Every dollar raised goes towards our virtual programs that reveal the power of our theatre-based programs to heal, educate and enrich those we serve ...
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The Unusual Suspects Goes Virtual

Although we can no longer convene our theatre-arts education and mentorship workshops in person due to the pandemic, we have continued to support LA's underserved and incarcerated youth by quickly transitioning to digital operations and ensuring online access to programming.  In mid-March, US staff quickly shifted internal, organizational operations into a remote setting. And, since then, staff has been working around the clock to successfully transition US programming to a virtual environment. Here are just a few highlights: The launch of our NEW Summer 2020 Alumni Program: The Alumni Program Leadership Committee -- comprised of current US alumni -- is meeting virtually on a regular basis ...
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Resources for Artistic and Impacted Communities in Response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Unusual Suspects is committed to providing resources that are intended to be helpful for our participants and community members.  Have a helpful link to share?  Send it to hedi@theunusualsuspects.org. Check out this list of resources, which was compiled, in part, by the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN), an organization that US is a co-founding member of: AIYN COVID-19 Preparedness Plan APAP published a resource listing Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities American Guild of Musical Artists ...
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The Unusual Suspects Hosts Hollywood Studios for Career Day Events

The Unusual Suspects was proud to host Paramount executives this past January, as part of its annual I Have A Dream Day event, at David Starr Jordan High School.  The following month, The Unusual Suspects was honored to host NBC-Universal employees at San Fernando High School to talk to our Youth Theatre Residency Program participants about about their career journeys. Click here to read more about these inspirational events ...
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Former Unusual Suspects Intern profiled in Washington Blade

Natalie Camunas cited The Unusual Suspects as a formative influence on her thriving career as a professional actress. Our former marketing intern is now appearing in "Mother Road," a contemporary companion play to The Grapes of Wrath. Click here to read more about her work, both on and off stage ...
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AIYN’s work with system-engaged youth featured in LA Times

As a founding member of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN), The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company was proud to see the LA Times cover some of the exceptional programs our AIYN partner organizations provide for system-engaged youth. The short film offers a glimpse into the lives of young people like those The Unusual Suspects' works with in our Voices from Inside Program (VIP) — young people who are developing their creative potential through the arts, experiencing a deeper level of camaraderie with their peers, and working hard to transcend society's low expectations. Arts programs like those offered through AIYN ...
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The Unusual Suspects and AIYN highlighted in Pasadena News Now Article

Pasadena News Now recently highlighted the work being done across Los Angeles by the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network. The Unusual Suspects is proud to be a co-founder of AIYN. Thank you Pasadena News Now for shining a light on the incredible impact our fellow AIYN non-profit partners have on the future of our youth! ...
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