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

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

The mission of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (US) is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Our mission powers our vision of a world in which all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed.


2 Submitted Ideas

  • CREATE ·2023 Grants Challenge

    Elevate Young Voices

    Since 1993, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (USTC) mentors, educates, and enriches the lives of youth from under-resourced LA County communities to support their socio-emotional and academic well-being through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. USTC has developed a new five-year strategic plan to 1) expand our reach to make theatre arts education free and accessible to youth and families, and 2) elevate the artistic quality of programs to the level of professional theatre companies.

  • LEARN ·2020 Grants Challenge

    VAST Enrichment Program: Creating accessible pathways to classroom engagement for English Language Learners & Special Education students

    My LA2050 will allow US to expand our free VAST Enrichment Program for Special Education, ELL, and other marginalized students, increasing the breadth and depth of our impact. VAST nurtures under-represented voices with an inclusive, nontraditional curriculum of in-class theatre workshops that reduce barriers to participation for high-needs students, improve their language, communication, and teamwork skills, and boost classroom behavior. To amplify our impact, US will also provide on-campus professional development for partnering schools.