Third Culture Theatre

Empowerment Through Creative Expression

Third Culture Theatre

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A theatre company created by and generated from the entirety of our rich, diverse community. 

Third Culture Theatre was founded in Los Angeles as a way to cultivate work which tells the stories of marginalized and unheard persons. Theatre is naturally tied to the communities which it exists within by proximity, by space, by mutual support, and above all, by listening and openly communicating with each other. We want to help tell the stories of those who rarely see themselves represented on stage. We are interested in bringing the marginalized to the center, not only because we believe it to be politically essential or because we have found ourselves at this periphery–although both are true–but also because we believe the fabric of theatre is the product of the world around it; theatre is a space to build community and unite people of radically divergent backgrounds. Third Culture ties together the common fringes of threads in the tapestry of our journeys. 

All of our productions offer space to those who have frequently been denied it, either by promoting new works which tell the stories of peoples who have been traditionally disenfranchised, or by taking radical approaches to canonical works which allow for new complications and giving voice to those who were originally denied access to these texts.

ON MATERIAL

That all of our productions offer space to those who have frequently been denied it, either by promoting new works which tell the stories of peoples who have been traditionally disenfranchised, or by taking radical approaches to canonical works which allow for new complications and giving voice to those who were originally denied access to these texts.

ON ECONOMICS

Art isn’t free. It requires space, time, artists, crew, and physical materials which are all expensive. This is to say nothing of the countless hours and dollars artists spend honing their craft and learning the skills to make high quality art. To this note we have two economic goals. First, to fairly pay those who helped bring this work to life, remembering that all artists deserve fair compensation, and without this artists will be unable to continue working. Second, to make our art accessible to the communities we serve. Especially because the communities our work is tied to have often been denied access to traditional means of wealth building. Making sure our productions are accessible and available to people across the economic spectrum is a crucial part of our goals.

ON CASTING

We are dedicated to producing dynamic plays which feature exceptional performers. We recognize how often wonderful actors are relegated to stereotypes or are excluded from the theatre based on their identities. For this reason, we focus on plays which allow us to represent and give voice to actors of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our plays always feature strong roles for women and performers who have been traditionally marginalized or excluded from the theatre to lend their voices to the stage.