WHO WE ARE

The Fountain Theatre is a non-profit producing organization established in 1990 by co-Artistic Directors Deborah Lawlor and Stephen Sachs dedicated to providing a nurturing, creative home for multi-ethnic theatre and dance artists. Here we develop provocative new works or explore a unique vision of established plays that reflect the immediate concerns and cultural diversity of contemporary Los Angeles and the nation.

In an era of urban anxiety, ethnic hostility and wavering spirit, The Fountain offers a safe, supportive haven for a family of artists of varied backgrounds to gather, interact and inspire each other toward the creation of work that will ignite and illuminate the community from which it’s drawn and give creative voice to those who may not otherwise be heard.

Housed in a charming two-story complex in Hollywood, California, The Fountain has grown into one of the most successful of the smaller venues in the busy Los Angeles theatre world. With the addition of Producing Director Simon Levy and Associate Producer James Bennett, The Fountain Theatre has an artistic family with a wealth of experience that is quickly bringing the theatre’s work to the attention of larger and larger audiences.

The Fountain Theatre‘s activities include a year-round season of fully-produced new and established plays (32 world premieres and 45 U.S., West Coast, Southern California or Los Angeles premieres in 29 years, each reflecting a unique cultural voice and serving a distinctive ethnic community). We’re also the foremost presentors of Flamenco in Los Angeles; have a New Plays developmental series, Educational Outreach Programs, and national/international tours.

Fountain Theatre productions have won hundreds of awards for all areas of production, performance, and design. And Fountain Theatre projects have been seen in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Chicago, Florida, New Jersey, Minneapolis, London and Edinburgh, among other cities and countries.

FOUNTAIN THEATRE STAFF:

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DEBORAH CULVER (Co-Artistic Director) began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York’s “Downtown” scene. After passing five years in South India where she was involved in the initial development of the international township of Auroville, she created two full-length outdoor dance/theatre pieces celebrating the community. Returning to the US, she became deeply involved in the intimate theatre scene and, in 1990, she and Stephen Sachs co-founded the Fountain Theatre, which is now in its 28th year. The 1995 season included, The Women of Guernica, Deborah’s flamenco-based adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, which she also directed. She directed two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams and created and directed three full-evening Dance-Theatre pieces for the Fountain, Declarations: Love Letters of the Great Romantics, The Path of Love, and directed the dance opera, The Song of Songs, with music by Al Carmines. She directed a production of The Path of Love in South India, as well as The Great Secret by Mira Alfasa. She next directed Yussef El Guindi’s Acts of Desire at theFountain to considerable acclaim. In 2006, she directed the delightful Taxi to Jannah by Mark Sickman. And, as a producer of Flamenco, her Forever Flamenco series, now in its 18th year, continues to play to enthusiastic crowds. Actors’ Equity Association honored Ms. Culver with its Diversity Award, for her dedication to presenting work at the Fountain that is culturally diverse. In 2013, she received special commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the Spanish Consulate for her contributions to the art of Flamenco. Her new theatre/dance work, Freddy, had its world premiere last season as a partnership between the Fountain Theatre and LA City College Theatre Academy.

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STEPHEN SACHS (Co-Artistic Director) is an award-winning playwright, director, producer and the co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre, which he co-founded with Deborah Culver in 1990. The world premiere of his new play, Arrival & Departure, which he directed, enjoyed a 3-month sold-out run at the Fountain. He recently adapted and directed a celebrity reading of the screenplay for All the President’s Men at Los Angeles City Hall starring Bradley Whitford, Joshua Malina and Jeff Perry. His stage adaption of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Stage Raw Award) inaugurated Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and was chosen to represent LA theatre for Grand Park’s new Our LA Voices Arts Festival. His play Bakersfield Mist (Elliot Norton Award) enjoyed a 3-month run on London’s West End starring Kathleen Turner and is now being produced in regional theatres across the country and translated into other languages and performed worldwide. Other plays by Sachs include Dream Catcher, Heart Song, Cyrano (LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Ovation Award nomination), Miss Julie: Freedom Summer (LA Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Gilgamesh (Theatre@Boston Court), Open Window (Pasadena Playhouse, Media Access Award), Central Avenue (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist), Sweet Nothing in my Ear (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist), The Golden Gate, and The Baron in the Trees. He wrote the screenplay for Sweet Nothing in my Ear for CBS starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. Directing credits include Arrival & Departure (World Premiere), Bakersfield Mist (World Premiere) Broomstick (West Coast Premiere), My Name is Asher Lev (LA Premiere), Athol Fugard’s The Blue Iris (US Premiere), Completeness by Itamar Moses, Warren Leight’s Side Man starring Christine Lahti; a China tour of Top Secret (LA Theatre Works), The Train Driver by Athol Fugard (US Premiere), Conor McPherson’s Shining City (LA Premiere), Athol Fugard’s Coming Home (LA Weekly Award), Athol Fugard’s Victory (U.S. Premiere, NAACP Award); Miss Julie: Freedom Summer (World Premiere), the world premiere of Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances at the Fountain (Ovation Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award) and at Primary Stages (Off-Broadway), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Fugard’s The Road to Mecca (LA premiere), Arthur Miller’s After the Fall (Ovation Award), Sweet Nothing in my Ear (World Premiere), Hippolytos (new translation by Anne Carson) inaugurating the Outdoor Classical Theater at the Getty Villa in Malibu, and many others. Sachs has twice been nominated for the SDC Zelda Fichandler Award, recognizing an outstanding director who is making a unique and exceptional contribution to theatre in their region. Sachs was recently honored with a Certificate of Commendation from the Los Angeles City Council for “his visionary contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles.”

Simon Levy

SIMON LEVY (Producing Director) has been the Producing Director of the Fountain Theatre since 1993. The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle honored him with the Milton Katselas Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing, and he was nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Award in Directing. In 2018, he directed the sold-out run of The Chosen, and also The Immigrant (Sierra Madre Playhouse). In 2016 he directed the critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll. Other recent successes for the Fountain include: the West Coast premieres of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek and Reborning in 2015; The Normal Heart in 2013/2014; the world premiere deaf/hearing production of Cyrano in 2012; Tennessee Williams’ rarely-produced A House Not Meant to Stand in 2011; the L.A. premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger in 2010; and the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 in 2009, among many others. He has directed over 80 productions (20+ for the Fountain) that have won numerous awards. His stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama) inaugurated the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and is being produced widely across North America. It is the only stage adaptation authorized by the Fitzgerald Estate, and is published by Dramatists Play Service, along with his adaptations of Tender is the Night (winner of the PEN Literary Award in Drama) and The Last Tycoon. He has been the producer of many productions at the Fountain, including the world premieres of Building the Wall, Citizen: An American Lyric, Bakersfield Mist, and all the Athol Fugard premieres. What I Heard About Iraq, which he wrote and directed, was produced worldwide and won the Edinburgh Fringe First Award. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, he lived in San Francisco where he was the General Manager of Beach Blanket Babylon, Artistic Director of The One Act Theatre Company, and Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area. He belongs to many theatre, human rights, and political advocacy groups. www.simonlevy.com

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JAMES BENNETT (Associate Producer/Customer Relations) joined the Fountain team in 2009 and has smiled and whistled, much to the irritation of everyone else, every day ever since. James enjoys chatting, hobnobbing, and wine sipping with all the theatre’s many fine friends, family, and patrons. For work, he can be found running the whole stack of theatre activities, whether that’s toiling on a pile of paperwork, coiled into a pretzel in the tech booth, or producing fabulous Flamenco shows. He’s enjoyed co-producing the Fountain’s Rapid Development Series and is looking forward to many more scrumptious seasons to come. If you see him bouncing, skipping, or galloping about it’s safe to assume he’s having a blast. He’s compelled to the theatre by its immediacy, its intimacy – the visceral impact of being so close to real humans with real sweat and real spit. In a world that’s increasingly disjointed, behind glass, and far away – theatre becomes more powerful than ever.

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BARBARA GOODHILL (Director of Development) is an award-winning marketing and development professional and has been Director of Development at The Fountain Theatre since 2013. Prior advancement positions include Sinai Akiba Academy, Inside Out Community Arts and PS#1 Elementary School. Barbara’s wealth of experience, innovative thinking and dedication have resulted in significant growth in The Fountain’s donor community and strengthened relationships with the funding community. A passionate believer in the power of live theatre to open hearts and encourage empathy, Barbara is deeply committed to The Fountain, its vision, mission and future goals. “Institutions like The Fountain Theatre are vital to the health of a diverse, compassionate society.” Barbara loves the opportunity to meet the many wonderful patrons who form The Fountain Theatre’s family and is always thrilled to receive your calls and greet you at the theatre. Barbara received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her master’s from UCLA.

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SCOTT TUOMEY (Technical Director) has been Technical Director at the Fountain since its inaugural production of Winter Crane in 1990. He has overseen virtually every Fountain production, on and off site, including their numerous flamenco shows, and has appeared here on our stage in Declarations: Love Letters of the Great Romantics, and the Fountain’s hit productions of Master Class and Joe Turners’ Come and Gone. Scott’s talents as actor-singer-guitarist were also seen in the Shakespeare Festival L.A. productions of As You Like It and Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in West Hollywood and in the film A Day in the Life of Sunny Paradise.

Lucy Pollak – Media Relations
Terri Roberts – Cafe
Richard F. Horton – House Manager
Abby Guerra, Abby Perez, & Kristina Stolic – Box Office
Melina Young – Summer Intern/Outreach Coordinator/Development Asst.
Maya Sakers – Bookkeeper
Deron Johnson – Accountant
Jose Lomeli – Parking/Security

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Dorothy Wolpert, President
Donald Zachary, Secretary
Oscar Arslanian
Miles Benickes
Diana Buckhantz
Carrie Chassin
Deborah Culver
Lois Fishman
Barbara Goodhill
Karen Kondazian
Simon Levy
Dick Motika
Stephen Sachs
Jerrie Whitfield
Jason Zelin
In Loving Memory, Dr. Ejike Ndefo

 

FOUNTAIN FAMILY ARTISTS:

Dominic Acosta
Bernard Addison
Lonnie Alcaraz
Hope Alexander
Korken Alexander
Aria Alpert
Roberto Amaral
Rico E. Anderson
Sam Anderson
Linda Andrade
Jessica Jade Andres
Michael Allen Angel
Erinn Anova
Jenn Archuleta
Jonathan Arkin
Nora Armani
Lorenz Arnell
Paco & Yolanda Arroyo
Joel Asher
Josephine Austin
Wendy Axelrod
James Babbin
Gary & Brenda Ballard
Verton R. Banks
Cal Bartlett
Lakshmi Basile
Alsan Bates
Dorian Christian Baucum
Ifa Bayeza
Peter Bayne
John Benitz
James Bennett
Chip Bent
Dalit Berkowitz
Maria ChaCha Bermudez
Al Bernstein
Daniel Bess
John Biguenet
Daniel Billet
Kerrie Blaisdell
JB Blanc
Denise Blasor
Lee Blessing
Daniel Blinkoff
Peggy Ann Blow
Alan Blumenfeld
Keith Arthur Bolden
Rebecca Bonebrake
Ken Booth
Ben Bradley
Deanne Bray
Abra Brayman
Eve Brenner
Bill Brochtrup
Hindi Brooks
Sheilagh M.Brooks
Georg Stanford Brown
Gilbert Glenn Brown
Eddie Buck
Tom Buderwitz
Adam Burch
Carlease Burke
Leith Burke
Brian Robert Burns
Sandra Burns
Chris Butler
Zina Camblin
Misty Carlisle
Abigail Caro
Brian Carpenter
David Carpenter
Justin Chu Cary
Marc Casabani
Gilbert Cates
Maleni Chaitoo
Karine Chakarian
Jennifer Chang
Richard Chavez
Hahn Cho
Lenny Citrano
Bryan P. Clements
Brian M. Cole
Joyce Cooper-Kirby
Kai Cowen
Mimi Cozzens
Robert Craighead
Adam Critchlow
Tim Cummings
Gregg Daniel
Brian Danner
Andrea Dantas
Ken Danzinger
Martica De Cardenas
Antonio De Jerez
Seamus Deaver
Shannon Dedman
Adam Del Monte
Joe Delafield
Dele
Sarah Demeestere
Pat Destro
Marty Dew
Zayd Dohrn
Cheryl Dooley
Jeff Doucette
Steve Doss
Jia Doughman
Denise Dowse
Gillian Doyle
Pamela Dunlap
Daniel Durant
John Durbin
Cameron Dye
Amentha Dymally
Brenda Lee Eager
Jennifer Edwards
Michael Edwin
Matthew Elam
Joyce Ellenson
Mel England
Christian Epps
Carolina Espiro
Terry Evans
Meagan Fay
Jose Fernando
Jennifer Finch
Shirley Jo Finney
Tobias Forrest
David Carey Foster
Bo Foxworth
Elizabeth Frances
Gary Franco
John Freeland Jr
Loren Freeman
Athol Fugard
Shon Fuller
Luz Tapia Gaitan
Goar Galstyan
Rodney Gardiner
Ernest Gardner, Jr.
John Garofalo
Chuma Gault
Michael German
Dennis Gersten
Gregory G Giles
Walton Goggins
Jenette Goldstein
Alan Goodson
Yetta Gottesman
Matthew Gottlieb
Ian Gould
Maggie Grant
Steve B. Green
Vicente Griego
Chet Grissom
Kerby Joe Grubb
Eileen Grubba
Lauren Gunderson
Jacquelyn Gutierrez
Dor Gvirtsman
Jeanie Hackett
Darcy Halsey
Matthew Hancock
Anthony J. Haney
Jim Hardie
Elizabeth Harper
James Harper
Laura Fine Hawkes
Lorey Hayes
Ross Hellwig
Deidrie Henry
Taraji Henson
Joey Heredia
Lisa Hermatz
Carissa Hernandez
Morlan Higgins
Kevin High
Julanne Chidi Hill
Laura Hill
Matthew G. Hill
Bob Hiltermann
Howard Ho
Jill Holden
Travis Michael Holder
Monica Hong
Scott Horstein
Justin Huen
William Dennis Hurley
Adam Huss
Jade Hykush
Andre Jackson
Donny Jackson
Cindy Jenkins
Juanita Jennings
Nicholas (Nameer El) Kadi
Tinashe Kajese
Jeremy J Kamps
Jack Kandel
Elaine Kao
Ameenah Kaplan
Jason Karasev
Elizabeth Karr
Buck Kartalian
Lynne Kaufman
Benjamin Keepers
Nambi E. Kelley
Phillip Kelley
Jamal Kelly
Evelyn Keolian
Anna Khaja
Diarra Kilpatrick
Wonjung Kim
Aaron Kleven
William Knight
Fred Koehler
Kirsten Kollender
Karen Kondazian
Elna Kordijan
Kyra Kotsur
Troy Kotsur
Mindy Krasner
Ed Krieger
Dominik Krzanowski
Anna Kupershmidt
Elissa Kyriacou
La Tania
Robin Larsen
Lindsay LaVanchy
Deborah Lavine
Deborah Lawlor
Ken LaZebnik
Shon LeBlanc
Christian Lebano
Gavin Lee
Jully Lee
Nathan LeGrand
Emily Lehrer
Gary Lennon
Jeremy Levin
Simon Levy
Sherrie Lewandowski
Judi Lewin
Travis Gale Lewis
Andrew Leyva
Ruoxuan Li
Tina Lifford
Valerie Lines
Jose Lopez
Jean-Baptiste Lovensky
Doug Lowry
Frances Loy
Eduardo Machado
Sharon Madden
Mike Mahaffey
Martyna Majok
Rose Malone
Sam Mandel
Ludwig Manukian
Ethan Margolis
Annika Marks
David B. Marling
KC Marsh
Stephen Marshall
Ed Martin
Sandy Martin
Jennifer Massey
Maximilian Mastrangelo
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Elizabeth McGavock
Marilyn McIntyre
Jeff McLaughlin
Donne McRae
Ipek Mehlum
Susan Merson
Linda Michaels
Ryan (Rhino) Barry Michaels
Michael Michetti
Tracy Middendorf
DeAnne Millais
Tene Carter Miller
Simone Missick
Delaina Mitchel
Amy Mitchell
Heidi Mokrycki
Jesus Montoya
Gerardo Morales
Jessica Morataya
Judy Moreland
Iona Morris
Edwin Morrow
Romero Mosley
Shaun L. Motley
Michael Mullen
Noah Murtadha
Aurelia Myers
John Nabori
Yee Eun Nam
Frederica Nascimento
Dillon Nelson
Jack Newalu
Virginia Newcomb
Graham Norris
Cihtli Ocampo
Kathi O’Donohue
Jenny O’Hara
Caitliin O’Hare
Stephen O’Mahoney
Se Hyun Oh
Adenrele Ojo
Dael Orlandersmith
Isabelle Ortega
Cristobol Osorio
Gabriel Osuna
Ray Paolantonio
Jiehae Park
Jocelyn Hublau Parker
Tony Pasqualini
Maggie Peach
Lisa Pelikan
Theodore Perkins
Lisa Pescia
Robert Pine
Tonya Pinkins
Jeremy Pivnick
Victoria Platt
Jeris Lee Poindexter
Larry Poindexter
Joel Polis
Jeff Polunas
Priscilla Pointer
Aaron Posner
Chaim Potok
Scott Presley
Katie Proetti
John Prosky
Colleen Quinn
Paul Raci
David Ramsey
Claudia Rankine
Sierra Rein
Armando Rey
Lisa Richards
Don Richardson
Paloma Rios
Sarah Ripard
Scott Roberts
Terri Roberts
Maya Lynne Robinson
Michael E. Rodgers
Diane Rodriguez
George Roland
Xochitl Romero
Diana Romo
Marc Rosenthal
Janet Rosten
Stephen Sachs
Alan Safier
Naila Aladdin Sanders
Nicholas E. Santiago
Tanya Saracho
Mizuho Sato
Susan Savage
Rick Scarry
Mary Kate Schellhardt
Robert Schenkkan
Jeffrey Schoenberg
Steven Schub
Jacqueline Schultz
Kathleen McConaughy Schultz
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Esther Scott
Judith Scott
Nakia Secrest
Tyler Seiple
Natalie Shahinyan
Anahid Shahrik
Dan Shaked
Jessaica Shields
Scott Siedman
Thomas Silcott
Lauren Silvi
Archie Lee Simpson
Felix Solis
Philip Solomon
Larry Sonderling
Bernadette Speakes
Camille Spirlin
Suanne Spoke
Riley Steiner
Peter Stenshoel
Shoshannah Stern
Miranda Stewart
Joanna Strapp
Katy Sullivan
Stasha Surdyke
Juan Talavera
Roy Tanabe
Jose Tanaka
Barbara Tarbuck
Timothy Taylor
Jeff Teeter
Tracie Thoms
Cooper Thornton
Marjorie Throne
Brian Tichnell
Tamlyn Tomita
Deena Tovar
Caroline Treadwell
Tony Triana
Pam Trotter
Scott Tuomey
Nick Ullett
Sabina Zuniga Varela
Vishnu
Shawna Voragen
John Vreeke
Abby Walla
Adolphus Ward
Victor Warren
Cameron Watson
Bernard Weinraub
John Wesley
Jevon Whetter
Karen Malina White
Susan Wilder
Time Winters
Jeff Witzke
Ben Woods
Dana Rebecca Woods
Alicia Woolerton
Laurie Woolery
Cortney Wright
Michele Young
Ryun Yu
John Zalewski
Briseyda Zarate
Anna Ziegler
Ric Zimmerman