As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, Center Theatre Group proudly continues our 50-year tradition of using the art of theatre to broaden horizons and illuminate new perspectives. At the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre, we entertain audiences with celebrated Broadway shows, thought-provoking stories, and adventurous new plays.

Over the past decade, we’ve commissioned 65 shows and produced 40 World premieres, making us one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works. Our interactive programs engage audiences across generations, demographics, and circumstance. And our award-winning education programs inspire the next generation of theatregoers, artists, and artisans.

We entertain. We create. We engage. We inspire. We put theatre at the center of it all.

Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity and inclusion permeate all levels and all aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. Because theatre is a cultural force with the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and society at large, we have a duty to celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community. 

Our Mission
To serve the diverse audiences of Los Angeles by producing and presenting theatre of the highest caliber, by nurturing new artists, by attracting new audiences, and by developing youth outreach and arts education programs.

This mission is based on a belief that the art of theatre is a cultural force with the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and society at large.

Sherwood Award Now Accepting Applications 

Center Theatre Group’s $10,000 Dorothy & Richard E. Sherwood Award is given annually to support innovative and adventurous theatre artists working in Los Angeles. The deadline for the initial application is June 17, 2020, at 12:00pm. Selected candidates will be invited to submit full applications. Notification will be sent to all applicants regarding the full application process by late July.
Full applications, along with letters of recommendation and work sample material will be due no later than August 14, 2020, at 12:00pm.

The Sherwood Awardee will receive $10,000 and two finalists will receive $2,000 each. 

Sherwood Award Requirements
Applicants must be:

  • An individual artist (no groups or teams)
  • A resident of Los Angeles for at least two years
  • An artist who has developed/collaborated on at least two fully-produced projects in Los Angeles
  • An artist at a catalytic moment in their career (which does not reflect the age of the artists, but where they are in the trajectory of their careers). 

 Sherwood Award priorities:
Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Innovative—introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking
  • Pushing boundaries—extending frontiers, experimenting, challenging the theatrical norm, finding new forms of artistic expression
  • Exceptional talent—the ability to capture the attention of the audience through pure skill and craft, a natural ability or aptitude in the selected field, translating passion and dedication into works of art, etc.
  • Effective communication—theatre artists who can passionately and effectively communicate their point of view and distinct artistic voice.

 Further information about the award, its past recipients, and FAQs here.
Additionally, an Artist Statement Workshop about the application process will be hosted via Zoom by Center Theatre Group on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00am. 

Please email with any additional questions. 

Thank you for your interest in being a Teaching Artist for Center Theatre Group. Once completed, your information will be kept on file and you will be contacted if we think you may be a good fit for a current and/or future program. 

Items to include with your application:

  1. A cover letter explaining your approach to teaching and/or the philosophy that informs your work.
  2. A sample lesson plan you have created and administered.
  3. A resume that demonstrates your experience as a teaching artist. Your resume must include your contact info.  
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