The Latino Theater Company's mission at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (the LATC), is to provide a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Latino Theater Company. In January 2006, the Latino Theater Company was awarded a 20-year lease for the Los Angeles Theatre Center from the City of Los Angeles and received a $4 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to refurbish the building. In October 2007, the building was re-opened as the new Los Angeles Theatre Center.
In 2008, the first full season was produced with multi- disciplinary programming that reflects the population of Los Angeles.
The Spring Season, Spring on Spring Street, searched the soul of the new Los Angeles through Theater, Dance, Music, & Conversation and offers a dynamic three-month series of Los Angeles theater, music, and dance artists. The Spring Season provided a stage for the diverse voices that make up the Greater Los Angeles area and was an open invitation to local and national artists to present their works and create a dynamic conversation about today’s society. The season included conversations with some of the most prominent Angelenos; concerts by locally renowned musicians of diverse communities accessible to young and mature audiences from all ethnic backgrounds; and theater, dance and spoken word performances at one of the lowest priced tickets in the City of Los Angeles.
The Fall Season, Face of the World, from September to December, focused on presenting works from a diverse array of cultures. The Latino Theater Company invited six theater companies to form a Cultural Roundtable to provide programming that celebrates the multi-cultural population of Los Angeles. These partners worked with the Latino Theater Company to present new and well-established culturally specific works. Face of the World addressed contemporary universal themes and created meaningful cross-cultural dialogue, expanding artistic expression of theater in Los Angeles. Some of the artists featured in our seasons included: American Indian Dance Theatre (National), SITI Company (NY), Marta Carrasco, (Spain), Rossana Gamson/World Wide (LA), Robey Theatre Company (LA), Ofelia Medina (Mexico), The Jose Limón Dance Company (NY), and Amy Hill (LA), among others.
In 2008, we served 130 artists and arts organizations by providing affordable space rental and donation of space for rehearsals, performances and cultural events and over 39,000 people attended events at the center. Today, the Los Angeles Theatre Center is a world-class arts center for those pursing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future. We are committed to artistic professionalism, inclusion, and reflection of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.
In 2014 they hosted the historic Encuentro 2014 festival, the largest Latinx Theater festival in over 25 years. The company also produces a free pageant play, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as a gift to the city each holiday season. The members of the company include José Luis Valenzuela, Evelina Fernandez, Sal Lopez, Geoffrey Rivas, Lucy Rodriguez and the late Lupe Ontiveros.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center and Latino Theater Company is supported, in part, through grants by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.