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To provide greater Los Angeles with a resident theatre company dedicated to providing programming of the highest quality, presented in an environmental and participative style, in order to entertain, inform and educate our multicultural community. To rediscover rarely performed classics, and to foster and develop new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by social relevance, past, present and future. To promote the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills.
Pacific Resident Theatre is a company dedicated to producing the great works of known playwrights, unearthing uncommon and seldom seen classics, and discovering new and innovative plays by developing writers. Founded in 1985, PRT is an oasis for actors, directors, playwrights and designers with extensive Broadway and regional theater careers. Our 20 mainstage seasons have produced plays of extraordinary artistic range. Our productions have set a standard of excellence in Los Angeles, having received more than 30 Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Awards, the prestigious Margaret Harford Award for Continuous Achievement in Theater and two special Polly Warfield awards for Outstanding Overall Season. A non-profit company, PRT has an annual attendance of 18,000 people in addition to its current 1,300 subscribers. The theater's yearly operating budget is over $300,000 with 60% representing earned income. Generous gifts from private donors and grants from the California Arts Council, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the L.A. County Music and Performing Arts Commission are crucial endorsements of the theater's success. Conceived as a company with two distinct venues, we created a cooperative, experimental, black-box space in addition to our two mainstages - the PRT Co-Op. Since 1985, the Co-Op has produced over 100 workshop productions, many of them new works by playwrights in residence. In 1992, we established the "Next Stage," a program developed to support multicultural plays, playwrights and actors. That same season we hosted our first foreign exchange program with The Theatre on Red Square in Moscow. The year 1996 saw the renovation and move into our second mainstage at 703 Venice. One year later we transferred our highly successful production of "The Quick Change Room" to new York. In addition, we developed an ongoing relationship with New York's American Place Theater and their "Literature to Life" program, created to give high school students free access to modern novels brought to life on stage. In 1999, we created the Pacific Resident Children's Theatre, a workshop and performing arena for children five to fifteen. To date, the "PRCT" has produced three successful productions bringing hundreds of children and families through our doors.
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