LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.

The Actors' Gang

To present new, unconventional and uncompromising plays and dynamic reinterpretations of the classics. To restore the ancient sense of the stage as a shared sacred space. To introduce theater to children and help them find their own creative voices. To bring the freedom of self-expression to the incarcerated.


4 Submitted Ideas

  • CREATE ·2023 Grants Challenge

    The Actors' Gang Alumni Advocacy Project

    The Actors' Gang Alumni Advocacy Project (TAGAAP) was launched as a pilot program of The Actors' Gang Prison Project (TAGPP) in 2018 to empower formerly incarcerated people through the arts by providing support, training, resources, mentorship, artistic exploration and a network to ensure successful reentry as they return home. They often face disrupted family and social networks due to mass incarceration. TAGAAP provides a safe space to express feelings and heal trauma while proving social-emotional tools that can be used in daily life.

  • LEARN ·2022 Grants Challenge

    Using theater to engage justice-involved children.

    The Actors' Gang Youth Project (TAGYP) offers ensemble theater as a tool for behavioral transformation and rehabilitation and utilizes the documented power of the arts to reimagine ways to engage with and support children who are currently incarcerated. Workshops enable participants to recognize their value and responsibility within the group and in the community, to heal trauma, and to make new and different choices in their lives. The goal is to break the generational and cyclical issues associated with youth incarceration.

  • CREATE ·2021 Grants Challenge

    Creating opportunities and community for recently incarcerated people.

    The Actors’ Gang Prison Project recognized the rehabilitation process must continue beyond one’s release date and launched the Reentry Program in 2015 and provides participants with tools for emotional management, verbal communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership. The Alumni Advocacy Project launched in 2017 to create community for returning citizens. The alumni help each other succeed in attaining parole, work in the community and build healthy relationships with others. Alumni grow as individuals and artists.

  • LEARN ·2020 Grants Challenge

    Theater Arts Integration and Study in Continuation High Schools

    A vital segment of TAG Education Department in-school programming is offered in continuation high schools where TAG attempts to disrupt the school to prison pipeline with its workshops and serve as a form of creative prevention for students who do not respond to traditional learning methods. TAG seeks funding for continued programming and a study on the impact of its workshops at Boyle Heights Continuation High School. A positive outcome with this group will prove the value of art programming in this high risk population.