Old friends, new roles

Meet Destiny: From Student to Mentor

From 2012-2014 Destiny was a student in our programs at Vaughn Middle School. Now as a high school senior, she continues to pursue theatre studies, while supporting current Unusual Suspects students as a Volunteer Mentor. She recently spoke with US about her experiences …


“The [Unusual Suspects] program as a whole was super useful and inspiring, and the experience has had an impact on me. The best part was knowing that all of the teaching artists were there for you and that there were no bad ideas … I had never experienced that in a school environment.

By becoming a mentor my patience has grown tremendously. Being one of the youngest mentors, I’m the middle ground between the younger students and the teaching artists so I can serve as a good example. In the future … I want to work in homeless shelters and do for others what you guys did for me. We don’t realize how much power we actually have. We need to grab a hold of it and use it for the greater good.

We are so inspired by Destiny’s commitment to finding opportunities for creative growth while giving back to the community! Read more of our conversation with her on our BLOG.


What else is on our blog ??

  • Personal stories from our intergenerational field trips!
  • Our favorite photos from 2017
  • Past newsletters
  • And more …
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New Year, New Board Members!

We are proud to welcome dedicated supporters Melissa Peterman and Kristina Segesvary to our Board of Directors. They both bring valuable skills and extensive professional experience that will guide our work in the years to come. Click on their photos to learn all about them or click HERE to meet the rest of our board!

Melissa Peterman

Kristina Segesvary




Where In The World Are The Suspects?

We’ve been busy working to strengthen our programs and spread word of our work! 

Friday, December 8th … Melissa was seen attending Arts Now: LA County Arts Education Summit at the Japanese American National Museum. 
Tuesday, December 12th … The whole team gathered at our Glassell Park office for The Unusual Suspects’ annual holiday party.
Thursday, December 14th … The whole team was spotted at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima for our middle school students’ Page Play, “Rise of the Dangels.”
Thursday, January 11th … Melissa, Yolanda, and Adrienne were discovered at our Glassell Park office leading the first day of Spring 2018 training with our Teaching Artist team.
Thursday, January 18th … Meisha was found at the Annenberg Beach House for the 3rd Annual Make Change Awards, where US was a finalist in the Happiest Place to Work category.


The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company believes every young person deserves to be seen, heard and understood. Through collaborative workshops, we work deeply to empower the hardest to reach communities to tell their stories together leading to self-discovery, a sense of belonging, and the building of stronger families and communities.



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