Company Overview

L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays.

Our unique hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access.

Through our 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays. Our distinguished company of actors has included John Lithgow, Annette Benning, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Straithairn, Jobeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Julie Harris, among hundreds of others.

L.A. Theatre Works' Audio Theatre Collection of more than 400 recorded plays is the largest library of its kind in the world. Titles by Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Sophocles rub shoulders with contemporary classics by David Mamet, Yasmina Reza, and Tom Stoppard as well as newer voices, including Jon Robin Baitz, Kenneth Lonergan, Rebecca Gilman, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Julie Marie Myatt, and Lydia Diamond. L.A. Theatre Works' audio productions have received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Writer Guild of America, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Audio Publishers Association, among others and is available in over 9,000 libraries throughout the U.S. and to the general public through our website, in-store and online retailers including iTunes and Audible.com

Our weekly public radio show is heard by 7 million listeners annually in over 80 markets in the U.S. and is available on-demand, free of charge through L.A. Theatre Works' streaming site at www.latw org. Through our collaborations with the BBC, other international broadcasters, streaming and podcasts, our show is also a regular favorite with listeners across the globe.

Our National Touring Program brings audiences at venues across the country the experience of a "live-in-performance" radio drama. Launched in 2005, L.A. Theatre Works has visited over 200 civic and performing arts and university venues with productions ranging from Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue to L.A. Theatre Works' original docu-dramas The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial and Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.

Through our national outreach programs, L.A. Theatre Works supports the arts and humanities in the classroom and access to the arts for the general public. Alive & Aloud provides selects titles from our Audio Theatre Collection free of charge to thousands of public middle and high schools in over 600 cities in all 50 states. In addition to audio recordings of plays performed by some of the country's most prominent actors, Alive & Aloud provides educators with related classroom instructional support materials, enhancing students' academic experience in core curricular subjects such as science, language arts, social science, and literature, as well as theatre, civics, art, and journalism.

Library Access provides our most popular and new titles to over 2,000 community libraries across the country which could not otherwise afford to provide audio recordings to their patrons due to limited media budgets – many of these libraries are located in rural areas with little or no access to live theatre.

Our newest initiative, The Play's the Thing for Higher Education, is creating a highly indexed and searchable digital database of over 300 plays, making it a unique tool for instruction and scholarly research across disciplines

Learn more about how you can support bringing great theatre to audiences worldwide by visiting "Donate' today.


Board of Directors

 

Douglas Jeffe, President
Aviva Covitz, Vice President
Vicki Pearlson, Secretary
Alan Finkel, Treasurer

 


Doris Baizley
Hillary Bibicoff
Annette Blum
Hector Elizondo
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Linda Lichter

Susan Albert Loewenberg
Karen Rothenberg
Alyson Sattler
David Selby
Beegie Truesdale

Artist Advisory Council

 

 

 


Edward Asner
Rosalind Ayres
Ed Begley Jr.
Richard Dreyfuss
Hector Elizondo
Glenne Headly
Martin Jarvis
Stacy Keach
Shirley Knight
Marsha Mason


Richard Masur
Alfred Molina
Amy Pietz
Charlie Robinson
David Selby
Eric Stoltz
Susan Sullivan
Jobeth Williams
Charlayne Woodard

Our Staff

 

 

 


Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg

Managing Director Vicki Pearlson

Director of Finance Gary Starr

Associate Producer, Artistic Development Anna Lyse Erikson

Box Office Manager Leah Wuergler

Senior Radio Producer Myke Weiskopf

Post-Production Coordinator Ronn Lipkin

Audio Sales Director Michele Cobb

Graphic Designer Dennis Ramirez

Associate Director of Development Devon Brand

Bookkeeper Teri Allen

Office Manager Cyndi Gonzales

Publicist Lucy Pollak