CCUSD Front and Center Theatre Collaborative

CCUSD Front and Center Theatre Collaborative

The Front and Center Theater Collaborative was formed to sustain and increase theatre education in t

The Front and Center Theatre Collaborative has offered a variety of assemblies, residencies, workshops, professional development and opportunities to experience professional performances for all elementary and secondary students as well as teachers throughout the district. In 2009 the Culver City Unified School District embarked on an unprecedented theatre collaborative with professional theatre a


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Last chance to see Toy Story Tempest at The Actors' Gang Theater this weekend. You won’t regret it.

Only 2 more changes to see this gem! Bring a blanket and sunscreen and come see the last weekend of Free Shakespeare in The Park - Toy Story Tempest!

Photos by Ashley Randall Photography
Craft by Pedro Shanahan


"FIND YOUR LIGHT features 31 participants from our Saturday Class for Teens and our Middle School Afterschool Program alongside 4 of The Actors’ Gang Education Department’s teaching artists.

In this original piece of theater, we look to a phone APP where we receive validation, inspiration, and companionship. Every Spring Break we celebrate and anticipate new updates to the APP, but sometimes technology doesn’t always work…

What happens when we come together to question our relationship to technology and realize it’s our humanity that matters more than anything else? Join us on a journey of creative voices discovering the value of true connection without the distraction of a handheld medium."


CBS This Morning: Young Storytellers

Culver City Volunteers needed!

One hour of sheer joy a week- for 9 weeks only.

Become a Mentor with Young Storytellers!

Wednesdays 12:45-1:45 at Linwood Howe, Tuesdays 1-2 at El Rincon/Farragut

(More days/times available in the area as well)

It only takes an hour a week, during your lunch break, to mentor a Young Storyteller. In the Script to Stage Program, 5th-grade students are given a mentor to work with them one-on-one as they imagine, develop, and write their own short screenplay. At the end of the program, Hollywood actors perform the students’ scripts at an in-school assembly, called the "Big Show."

We work with students who are not typically considered the "stars" of their class; English-language learners, children on the autism spectrum, who may be painfully shy, or who have difficulty seeing a project through to completion, and students whose parents don't have the money to pay for an arts activity. When these students walk down the red carpet and receive a standing ovation from their peers, it is a transformative, crucible moment in their development. From this experience, children learn that their voice matters.

Watch this video or visit us at and help us mentor the next generation of great storytellers!

Contact [email protected] and [email protected] to get started!

CBS visits a Young Storytellers program to see what it's all about. Part of the CBS This Morning "A More Perfect Union" segment. 14/02/2019

College & Career Fair for the Arts

High school students check this out. A totally free event to help you go to college and learn about careers in the arts.


Just returned from seeing Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Ahmanson Theatre with 150 students from Culver City High School. Incredible experience. Thank you Center Theatre Group!


Next up at The Actors' Gang Theater

The madness begins today with the first preview of ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST aaaaaand it’s Pay What You Can! 📸by Ashley Randall 07/12/2018

Student Meet-Up: 'Cinderella'

Great opportunity for High School Students Student Meet-Up at the Ahmanson Theatre A Pre-Show Event and Performance of Matthew Bourne's Cinderella.


The Music Center's Spotlight

Don't throw away your shot! 🎭 Whether or not you pursue a career onstage, offstage or outside of the arts, The Music Center's Spotlight program can help you explore your goals and increase your confidence. Apply today →


Robert Frost Auditorium

We're ready for our close-up. Who wants 2 FREE TIX to Opening Night on 9/29? Tell us how an arts education affected you or someone you know. Tag Winner's name chosen today at 5 pm. 🎻👨‍🎤🎥✍️🎠🌈🎷🖍️


If you haven’t already seen the brilliant Much Ado at Media Park, today is your last chance. Grab the kids and a blanket and head over for the show at 11. It will not disappoint.

We may be entering the last week of Free Shakespeare in the Park but we could do this forever! Join our superstar superheroes this weekend for 2 more performance of Much Ado About Avengers! It's all a giggle! 19/08/2018

Free theater tickets? If you're 25 or younger, Center Theatre Group has a new deal for you

Wow. The company is offering two free seats to the first preview of any show at the Mark Taper Forum or Kirk Douglas Theatre. Here's how you get them.


Congrats to one of our cherished theatre arts partners!!

Today it's and we are beyond humbled and grateful to be honored as ! Thank you Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove for selecting us! Congrats to our staff and community for all the hard work and support!


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New show at the Gang. Don’t miss it

An electrifying cast of no less than 28 extraordinary actors, directors and writers are the dream team that's going to bring our 2017/18 season's last production to the stage! Let's go on 11 journeys in one evening!


Thank you Center Theatre Group for the great community conversation this morning. Looking forward to seeing "Ameryka" opening April 19 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Get your tickets before they sell out. 08/04/2018

Story Pirates Inc. from ClickBid Mobile Bidding

Such a great celebration of students imaginations today at Story Pirates Changemakers Benefit. Loved hearing the stories from Victor at El Rincon Elementary School and Indiyah from Farragut Elementary​. Culver City Unified School District is proud of the work Story Pirates does with all 4th grade students as part of Front and Center Theatre Collaborative.
Check out their fantastic auction online at 03/04/2018

📣The New Colossus extends through May 12 at The Actors' Gang Theater! (Saturdays only)

This is an event not to miss. Extended now through May 12 (Saturdays only).
Get your tickets before they sell out.


El Marino storytellers got a special treat today thanks to Sony Pictures, Young Storytellers and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Thank you all for making it an unforgettable day. And to Eric Sims for the bonus behind the scenes tour. 23/02/2018


Check out Story Pirates on March 11 Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Join first-rate actors and comedians on the Promenade Terrace for stories written by kids from all around the country and brand new stories written by kids in the audience. 


Check out what Young Storytellers has been up to . . .

Let us tell you a story. Six weeks ago, a group of Young Storytellers alumni - currently in middle school - were invited by director Ava DuVernay to see a rough cut of A Wrinkle in Time on the Disney Studios lot. They then reunited with their Script to Stage mentors and wrote original, three-page scripts inspired by the movie. Four of those scripts were turned into digital shorts by our friends at Tongal and two of the scripts will be performed live at a screening this Thursday, 2/22, at 4PM at the The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are totally FREE and we'd love to have a packed house for our storytellers.


RSVP ASAP to secure a seat for what will be a fun, multi-dimensional event. We also will be joined by some *special guests* so don't miss out! 06/02/2018

The Actors’ Gang brings social studies to life – Articles – Culver City Unified School District

The Actors' Gang Theater at Culver City Middle Culver City Unified School District


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Don't miss the new show The Actors' Gang

In The New Colossus, The Actors’ Gang members tell their ancestors’ stories, their struggles and their journeys from oppression to freedom. The New Colossus celebrates the courage and great character of the refugees who came to this country throughout the last 300 years. The ensemble of twelve reflects the great diversity that has defined who we are as a nation; The New Colossus is a celebration of our diversity.

Set somewhere between the 19th century and now, the play tells the story of forced migration and the constant struggle for survival and dignity in an uncertain and hostile environment. The members of the acting company are from different parts of the world; they tell their stories, each in a different language, and each in different dress.

Director Tim Robbins said, “I live in Los Angeles, where one can only be struck by the contributions made to our city by immigrants and people who came here as refugees. The Actors’ Gang felt compelled to respond to the government’s anti-refugee and anti-immigration policies – and to tell a story that draws attention to the true nature of people that live in this country. Save for the Indigenous, all of our families came here as refugees or immigrants.”

“The characters in the piece all seem different, from different parts of the world, traveling at different times – but the stories are remarkably the same: the common experience of all refugees is that they are fleeing some kind of oppression and moving toward safety and hopefully, freedom. Our hope is that we will be able to illuminate the courage, fortitude and humor of the refugees that have defined this land and, in doing so, discover the similarities that exist between our ancestors and those who are currently struggling for dignity and freedom today.”

The New Colossus shares a title with the sonnet written by poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 for an exhibit to raise funds for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, which opened in 1886. Even though the Statue of Liberty was not conceived as a symbol of immigration, Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” reinvented the statue's purpose, turning Liberty into a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and oppressed of the world.

Saturday, February 17 – Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thursday, February 8 - Friday, February 16, 2018

Opening night: February 17 at 8:00 pm

Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Fridays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 8:00 pm

The Actors’ Gang Theatre | 9070 Venice Blvd | Culver City, CA 90232

General Tickets: $34.99
Seniors: $30.00
Under 30 and full-time students: $20.00
Thursday Evenings – “Pay What You Can”


Share in the magic The Actors' Gang.

Last 3 shows before Christmas!
Be swept away by the magic of our Winter Solstice Pagan Holiday Show this weekend!


This weekend . . . . 16/11/2017

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

“Arts are not extras, they are integral” Several schools, including ones in high-poverty areas, are making art critical to the learning of more academic subjects. They're seeing remarkable student improvement as a result of arts integration. 07/11/2017

You Can Play the Music, But Can You Talk About It?

The fabulous Ms. Debbie Devine sharing her wisdom with the next generation. Musicians are used to communicating with their instruments, but drama chair Debbie Devine coaches them on communicating with their words too.


Check out the deal on The Actors' Gang season. Don't miss out

Bob, the tense guy below, really wants you to see Captain Greedy's Carnival and all the other productions in our 2017/18 Season. We had no choice but to extend the Season Tickets deadline for you and Bob! You'll get to see 5 original productions, save up to 57%, reserve great seats, get discounted tickets for friends and lots of other extras and Bob will get to smile! Make Bob smile again by booking a Full Season Pass or a Family Full Season Pass by November 10th!



The fun begins in Culver City this weekend. Don't miss your shot!

Our is growing! Look around, look around Los Angeles, performances start Nov. 5 at Kirk Douglas Theatre.


Join The Actors' Gang on Wednesday, October 25 for the first in this season’s Reading series. They are honoring women who have either won a Pulitzer or were finalists.

This Wednesday night, Oct 25th, The Gang celebrates Lillian Hellman and her 1934 play “The Children’s Hour”.
Groundbreaking for its time - resonating in this time.

Hope to see you at the theatre for the reading and a lively discussion.

Come and bring a friend - It is open to the public - Pay What You Can (PWYC).


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ENTER TO WIN a family 4-pack pay-what-you-can tickets for Captain Greedy's Carnival, our new musical satire and join us on a rollercoaster of fortune and experiences, strange amusements and games of skill and chance at Captain Greedy’s Carnival, Los Angeles Times weekly pick!

To enter, click the link and fill out the form by Thursday, October 12, at 6 pm.

Win a pay-what-you-can tickets pack for one of the following performances:
Friday, October 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 21 @ 8:00 pm


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LA Times Critics Pick Captain Greedy's Carnival - World Premiere at The Actors' Gang. A chance to win free tickets below.
Don't miss out on this new theatrical experience.

ENTER TO WIN a family 4-pack pay-what-you-can tickets for Captain Greedy's Carnival, our new musical satire!
Captain Greedy's Carnival follows the story of four innocents who, blinded by the promise of instant riches, take the bait of a legendary con man. Their fortunes rise and fall as they experience a bevy of freaks, illusions, terrifying exhibitions, strange amusements and games of skill and chance at Captain Greedy’s Carnival, an old-time sideshow designed to entertain, deceive and fleece an eager and gullible public.

To enter, click the link and fill out the form by Thursday, October 12, at 4 pm.

Win a pay-what-you-can tickets pack for one of the following performances:

Friday, October 13 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 14 @ 8:00 pm