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Los Angeles: Theater, Small Equity Companies

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Los Angeles Theater: Small Equity Theater Companies Around Los Angeles

The companies below may be “small”, but there productions are almost always first-rate – and frequently feature well known television and film stars testing (or re-testing) their theater chops. Each listing features information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest.


Actors Co-op Theatre Company

Actors Co-op Theatre Company

Actors Co-op is a company of actors that operates two 99-seat, Equity-approved theaters on the campus of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, located under the famed “Hollywood” sign, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard. Founded in 1987 by a dozen actors, this company now has more than 40 members.

The bill of fare here ranges from musicals (Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell) to classics (Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chekhov’s The Seagull) to contemporary …more…

The Blank Theatre Company

Blank Theatre Company

The Blank Theatre Company was founded in 1990. Among the highlights of the company’s production history are The Cradle Will Rock, Breaking the Code, Little Fish, First Lady Suite, and the Los Angeles premiere of Amy and David Sedaris’s The Book of Liz.

In addition to having presented more than 40 mainstage productions and having raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, The Blank has created an annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival that has thus far …more…

California Repertory (Cal Rep)

California Repertory (Cal Rep)

Since 1989, California Repertory Company (Cal Rep) has operated as a professionally modeled educational theatre company comprised of graduate students, faculty, and staff of the Theatre Arts Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Located in various venues over the years, including a renovated camera shop and the National Guard Armory in the Long Beach East Village, Cal Rep now makes its home in the Royal Theatre aboard the Queen …more…

The Chance Theater

Chance Theater (Anaheim, CA)

Billed as “Your Off Broadway Theater in O.C.,” The Chance Theater aims to present collaborative, intimate productions and to offer innovative youth education programs as well as diverse outreach events. The company began operations in 1999 with a full season of original works by local playwrights. The following year, it received national attention for its world premiere production of The Stroop Report, Robert Preston Jones’s drama bout the Warsaw Ghetto …more…

The Colony Theatre

Colony Theatre

This company began in 1975, when it was incorporated as a non-profit organization by a group of young Los Angeles television actors eager to return to their theatre roots. It remained in residence at the 99-seat Studio Theatre Playhouse in the Silver Lake district of L.A. for the next 25 years.

In the early ‘90s, The Colony began looking for a larger home. The company eventually found a vacant building — …more…

Cornerstone Theater Company

Cornerstone Theater Company

From 1986 to 1991, Cornerstone created 12 musical productions in rural communities in 10 different states. These were intended to be “epic interactions between classic plays and specific American communities”: Molière’s disintegrating and combative families in the Kansas farmland, Shakespeare’s civil strife in the streets of Mississippi, and Aeschylus’ ancient rituals on a modern Native American reservation.”

In 1992, the Cornerstone Theater Company settled in Los Angeles to begin urban residency …more…

The Town Square FCLO

FCLO Music Theatre (Fullerton Civic Light Opera)

The Fullerton Civic Light Opera began in 1971 as a community theater using local talent but changed its status to a professional theater in 1986. Over the decades, the company has presented more than 150 stage musicals. Professional directors, choreographers, musicians, and designers are hired for each production, among them world-class artists with Broadway and international credits. A key focus of its mission is to educate young people about stage musicals, a distinctly American art form, and to create a lasting appreciation for that. ...more...

The Fountain Theatre

Fountain Theatre

The Fountain Theatre, a non-profit organization established in 1990, is dedicated to providing a home for multi-ethnic theatre and dance artists. The company focuses on developing new works and exploring established plays in a way that reflects the concerns and cultural diversity of contemporary Los Angeles and the nation.

Housed in a two-story complex in Hollywood, The Fountain offers a year-round season of plays, including many world, U.S., and West Coast …more…

International City Theatre

International City Theatre

ICT annually performs a five-play season and administers seven community and educational outreach programs. ICT’s 2011 season includes the West Coast premiere of the musical Loving Repeating…A Musical of Gertrude Stein, as well as Southern Comforts, The Old Settler, Private Lives, and The Robber Bridegroom.

ICT productions and programs reach more than 75,000 people a year. The company collaborates closely with groups such as the City’s Black Manager’s Association, Latino and Asian organizations, and the NAACP, …more…

L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works

This company is known for its unique, hybrid form of audio theatre and its innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of classic and contemporary plays in the form of audio plays. Through its live-performance “The Play’s the Thing Series” in Los Angeles and in studio recordings, world class actors are recorded as they perform complete texts of plays in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and …more…

Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West

Beginning as the Whittier Civic Light Opera in 1952, Musical Theatre West has grown into one of Southern California’s most popular companies. Over the past half-century, MTW has presented admired productions of musicals such as 1776, Sweeney Todd, and The Full Monty, as well as the world premiere of Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!(written by Star Search winner Sam Harris), the Los Angeles/Orange County premiere of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s Phantom, and the West Coast premieres of …more…

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is dedicated to the creation of new work; the revitalization and re-exploration of classic material; keeping up with new developments at the forefront of the international theatre world; ongoing investigation of the “process” of creating theatre; and continued development of new acting, directing, and writing talent via the company’s Play Development Program, Actors’ Laboratory, and Emerging Directors Plan. OTE is moving toward the creation of an …more…

Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre Company made its debut in 1998 with a concert performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at Ventura Concert Theatre, starring Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, the stars of the film version. The following year, the company inaugurated its permanent home — a historic 1920s converted church – with a production of Shirley Valentine, and the company was declared the “anchor of the new downtown cultural district” by the Ventura City Council. …more…

Theatre West

Theatre West

Founded in 1962, Theatre West is billed as the oldest continually operating theatre company in Los Angeles. Its productions have toured nationally and internationally, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Over the years, several Theatre West productions have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park) and/or have been adapted as feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful). ...more...

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA)

(June 4 – October 2, 2012) Named for the veteran actor best known for his role of Grandpa on TV’s The Waltons, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum offers classic works, socially relevant plays, and education programs in a beautiful, natural outdoor sanctuary for the arts. Its main stage amphitheater was renovated in 1997, and in 2001 the company inaugurated a second educational and performance space, The S. Mark Taper Foundation Youth Pavilion. ...more...