The Community Counts on the Geffen Playhouse

At a time of shrinking financial support for arts education, the Geffen Playhouse has stepped up its outreach — serving 20 percent more community members this year than any prior season. Expanding far beyond the theater walls, these programs impact over 22,500 seniors, veterans, low income community members and students — bringing creative experiences and artistic excellence to those who need it most. Highlights include:

Story Pirates teach and celebrate student authors spread across 135 miles and over 20 low-income schools in Southern California – bringing their unique brand of creative writing workshops and interactive performance directly to the classroom.

Theater for Families brings laughs, teachable moments and just plain fun to youth and those who are young at heart. Productions have included the popular world premiere of Brilliance!, a family-friendly companion piece to Alan Alda’s Radiance.

School Programs work in collaboration with the Mayor’s Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to bring live theater and educational tools supporting curriculum to many underresourced middle and high schools.

Community Outreach programs provide free tickets and workshops to diverse community groups, low income seniors, veterans and other individuals typically isolated from the arts.

Talk-Back Tuesdays engage thousands of audience members with insight into the creation and performance of the art on both stages.