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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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The Unusual Suspects cited in TIME article

On July 16, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company was mentioned in TIME as a non-profit allowed to volunteer inside prisons. Julissa discusses the importance of volunteering services inside prisons to help get inmates back on their feet and the difference it can make. Julissa Arce is the author of My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive and Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream.   ...
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Unusual Suspects Students Star in DPW Public Safety Campaign

In partnership with the LA County Department of Public Works, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company was invited to participate in their public safety campaign warning area youth of the dangers of the Pacoima Wash, a tributary of the Los Angeles River where recent rescues and drownings have alarmed residents and authorities.  Located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, the Pacoima Wash, has been used by students as a shortcut home from school, but can fill swiftly and instantly become life-threatening.  With running water that can reach speeds of up to 70MPH, six inches of fast moving water can easily knock ...
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The Unusual Suspects Appears in L.A. Parent

On May 22, 2019 L.A. Parent published a story on The Unusual Suspects' 26th Anniversary and 11th Annual Be Unusual Gala. L.A. Parent specifically highlights the story of US Board Member and Alumnus Julio Quijada, who has become a leader since his days in a juvenile detention center ...
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KABC Eyewitness News Covers 11th Annual Be Unusual Gala

KABC Eyewitness News covered The Unusual Suspects 11th Annual Be Unusual Gala at the Avalon Hollywood on May 7, 2019. KABC highlighted the night's VIP guests and our critical work helping youth heal from the traumatic events of the 1993 L.A. riots ...
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