COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Fountain Theatre is a theatre of the community. Infused with the life, strength, and creativity of our neighbors, we are committed to reaching out into the lives and diverse cultures around us.

For more information, please contact: France-Luce Benson, 323-663-1525 x.306, franceluce@fountaintheatre.com

Our current Community Engagement Programs include:

BREAKING IT DOWN

Experience the play before, after, and beyond…

The Fountain’s Breaking It Down (BID) program is designed to build community and deepen the impact of a play through a variety of pre and post show events. Our pre-show events may include art exhibitions and talks that invite audiences into the world of the play. Our post-show discussions create a space for our audiences to gather with the artistic teams, scholars, and community leaders to unpack the themes explored in the play, and provide a platform to share personal connections to the work. See the play. Stay for the conversation.

Upcoming BID events for HUMAN INTEREST STORY: (this might also be a link to a separate page)
March 1 – Post-show discussion with the cast and playwright/director.

March 8 – Pre-show – Meet the Artist: Stuart Perlman
Stuart Perlman’s Faces of Homelessness portrait project has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles, covered on Public Radio (KPCC), featured in print in Column One of the front page of the Los Angeles Times, and in other national and international publications including The Guardian (London), Taipei Times (Taiwan), Vanity Fair Italia and a cover story in the Jewish Journal. It will be on display at The Fountain for the duration of the run. www.stuartperlmanartist.com

March 15Post-show discussion with Advocates of L.A.’s Homeless Community
Panelists: Anthony Conley – Covenant House; Brandon Reim and John Billingsley – Hollywood Food Coalition

March 22 – Post show discussion: The Future of Journalism in America – Panelists: TBD

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

With every production, the Fountain calendars special events in service to our community and the theatrical experience.

Upcoming:

Feb 15 – April 5: Donation Drive for our homeless community members
Throughout the run of Human Interest Story the Fountain will accept donations to be distributed to various Homeless organizations in our community; including:
Covenant House
L.A. Mission
Hollywood Food Coalition
K Town for All
LGBT Center

Items most needed are:
Men’s and Women’s Underwear (New, all sizes)
Body wash
Toilet Paper
Sanitary Pads
Gently used clothing

Bins will be set up in front of the theatre and donated items will be distributed on a weekly basis. You need not have a ticket to the show to bring donations. All are welcome! If you are not sure what to bring, please call 323-663-1525 ext 306

March 19, 7pm – Film Screening of Stuart Perlman’s documentary Struggle in Paradise

“Best Movie of the Year” National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Nominated Best Documentary – Pasadena International Film Festival.
Honorable Mention – American Psychological Association Film Festival.
Struggle in Paradise is the gripping story of the skyrocketing number of homeless people living and dying on the streets of Los Angeles. “I have been shocked at the amount of trauma that people have sustained that contributed to their homelessness and, once on the streets, are repetitively traumatized.” Trailer – https://vimeo.com/330374877

March 29, 5pm – Sunday Supper at The Center in Hollywood – 6636 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Join us at The Center in Hollywood where the Fountain will host one of their monthly “Supper Sunday” dinners. Following the performance, we will head to The Center where we will prepare (or purchase), serve, set up, and clean up after a meal. The most important aspect of Supper Sunday is that WE will dine WITH the individuals we are serving. Sharing a meal is a beautiful opportunity for the housed and unhoused members of our community to gain greater understanding, empathy, and connection. If you wish to participate, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator: franceluce@fountaintheatre.com

 

FOUNTAIN FOR YOUTH

Most public schools across Los Angeles have little or no funding for arts education, especially theatre.  Thousands of students graduate high school every year without any experience in the arts. Theatre provides a gateway to empathy as no other art form can do.  It allows us to see ourselves and our community. Therefore, it is vital that we make theatre and arts education accessible to all of our youth.

Fountain for Youth is our initiative to provide programming that services our community’s youth population in a multitude of ways. Our current programs include:

FREE TICKETS FOR YOUTH – Through the generosity of our members and friends, the Fountain Theatre has established a special fund to ensure that young people from our community are always welcome to see a play, have a conversation with the artists, and take part in educational workshops.

FOUNTAIN VOYCES – is an innovative program providing arts education in under-served schools. This eight week curriculum, brought to participating schools, utilizes the power of theatre to cultivate a culture of compassion.

One of the Fountain’s primary missions is “to give creative voice to those who may otherwise not be heard.”  Towards that end, Fountain Voyces encourages students from different backgrounds to engage with each other through acting games and exercises designed to teach students vital communication skills, while developing empathy for others.  As they learn about each other, students will also be introduced to the key elements of playwriting. The eight week program will culminate in original plays, written and performed by the students, which tell a collective story about the community they live in, and the one they aspire to create.

 

WALKING THE BEAT HOLLYWOOD

In partnership with Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles City College, this transformative nine-week summer residency pairs students and police officers in an innovative theatre-arts based experience that develops empathy, communication and community. There are three primary phases. Phase 1 brings Officers and Youth together for facilitated dialogues whose goals are to reduce mistrust, stereotypical beliefs and fear, and to build mutual understanding and respect. These dialogues lead to Phase 2:  fun improvisation workshops which inspire empathy and community. Phase 3: Participants engage in creative writing which is then crafted into culminating performances that allow participants to tell their own stories, confront fears and identify aspirations in front of their own community.

2020 Culminating Performances are calendared for August 14, 15 and 16.