"24th ST Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods."
Los Angeles Times
24th STreet Theatre is an arts organization like no other, unique in creating award-winning theatre for young audiences that is sophisticated enough for adults. Built in 1928 as a Carriage House, these walls were once home to the working horses of the grand Victorian homes in this neighborhood, many of which still stand today. Thus, this historic old building has always served a useful purpose; in its past and now in its present.
Since 24th STreet Theatre’s beginning in 1997, the organization has taken on a life of its own. Located south of the traditional arts district of downtown Los Angeles and north of the University of Southern California, we started out just intending to do plays. But we quickly found that this was a neighborhood that deserved…demanded so much more than we had planned to give. It was a neighborhood like we thought had ceased to exist. A community where people still knew each other. A true neighborhood with as much character as our charming old carriage house.
We began by offering free after school arts programs to the students in the community, with our After 'Cool program, and partnering with LAUSD to offer our world-class Enter Stage Right field trip and show to elementary students throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. In 2012, 24th STreet received the Peter Zeisler award for Outstanding Achievement in American Theatre, from the Theatre Communications Group. In 2013 we launched our Teatro Nuevo initiative to bring more Spanish-speaking audiences into the theatre, and that program has landed 24th Street Theatre in the forefront of cross-cultural theatre programming. In 2014, our production of Walking the Tightrope received the LA Weekly Production of the Year Award. This category had never been won by a piece intended for young audiences, and has established 24th STreet as a leader in Theater for Young Audiences across the nation.
"A place for groundbreaking theatre that takes kids along for the ride."
Welcome to 24th ST Theatre's 20th Anniversary Season! It's been 20 years of inspiring audiences of all ages with engaging, thought provoking theatre that speaks to the urgency of these extraordinary times we live in.
Our season theme is SPEAKING UP for justice and STANDING UP for what is right. We look at these themes through the lens of standing up to political oppression and the freedom that imagination gives you in Aristide Vargas' award-winning play La Razon Blindada. And we ask what it really means to be an American in a new play, Leon Martell's ICE.
Our 20th Anniversary Season leaves no one behind. We have shows for adults, teens and kids alike. We have shows for English speakers and Spanish speakers, and shows from our past and our present that speak to our future.