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 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/Dramaturg Simon Levy and Producer/Director Bennett Bradley (in 1993), The Fountain Theatre has an artistic staff 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 (30 world premieres and 29 U.S., West Coast, Southern California or Los Angeles premieres in 20 years, each reflecting a unique cultural voice and serving a distinctive ethnic community), a full season of multi-ethnic dance, the foremost presentors of Flamenco in Los Angeles, a New Plays developmental series, Educational Outreach Programs, and national/international tours.

To date, Fountain Theatre productions have won more than 200 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.