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Join US for “The Secrets We Don’t Know”

In my eyes
You’ll see tears that dried
The days I’ve cried
The years I’ve seen
In my eyes
You’ll see the lives I’ve lived
The soul I bear
And the times I tried to conceal
In my eyes
You’ll see my pain
I’ve had not much to gain
For my childlike heart has not been slain
In my eyes
Is where I lie
My body my house
As my body plays mouse
And darts through life

With utter eagerness and grace.

*excerpt from “The Secrets We Don’t Know” written by the young women incarcerated at The Dorothy Kirby Center, Spring 2018

On September 8th, the young playwrights will perform their original play, “The Secrets We Don’t Know.” alongside their male peers as members of the very first co-ed after-school program at Dorothy Kirby Center.

We are able to bring in a public audience for this special performance and hope you can join US!

Because we will be at an LA County Juvenile Probation Facility, RSVP is required to attend. For details, please email

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Teaching Artist:
Monica Quinn

Monica is one of our exceptional Teaching Artists currently leading a residency for youth incarcerated at The Dorothy Kirby Center. She has a B.A in Musical Theater and a Certification in Professional On-Camera Acting from UCLA. She also holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Walden University. In addition to her work with US, Monica has worked with inmates through The Prison Project and had the pleasure of teaching children through programs such as The Actors’ Gang, Theatre 360 and Drama Maniacs. Learn more about Monica and the rest of our stellar teaching team HERE.

Are you a teaching artist interested in joining our team?
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Meet our Digital Marketing & Communications Intern

We’re thrilled to have Abigail Wilson on the team as our LA County Arts Commission intern this summer. A Michigan native, she currently studies Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College.

2019 will be our 26th Anniversary year so her focus has been researching our archives and interviewing many people involved throughout the organization’s lifetime to complete a timeline & compile 26 stories to share throughout the year.

Stay tuned for more our our stories!

Where In The World Are The Suspects?

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

Thursday, June 14th & Friday June 15th … Melissa and Meisha were spied at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual 501 (C)onference: Courage & Connections.
Wednesday, June 27th … Abby was found at the LACAC Arts Intern Summit at the Japanese American National Museum.
Thursday, June 28th … The whole team gathered at The Verdugo as a farewell to former Programs & Communications Associate Ariella Wolfe and as hello to our new employee, Allison Samsel.
Friday, June 29th … A group of Teaching Artists were discovered at the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network’s TA training for members.
Saturday, June 30th … The whole team, alongside our amazing volunteer actors, was spotted at Dorothy Kirby Center for the Page Play of “The Secrets We Don’t Know”!

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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