Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

To elevate, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages by presenting thought-provoking classics, socially relevant plays, and education programs in an outdoor sanctuary for the arts. By passing on a sense of history, great art inspires our future. We offer a diversity of programming to help understand our world and embrace our shared humanity.


2 Submitted Ideas

  • LEARN ·2023 Grants Challenge

    Shakespeare for Youth in Nature

    This grant will fund our 2024 School Days Field Trip program, a multi-modal arts education experience in Topanga that has been serving LA students for 50 years. It includes workshops for students, a comprehensive study guide, an interactive Living History, and talk-back with cast and crew, in addition to a high-quality professional performance of curriculum-backed Shakespeare, Classical, and new American plays presented at Theatricum's beautiful 299-seat outdoor amphitheater, and featuring diverse, inclusive casts and teaching artists.

  • CREATE ·2021 Grants Challenge

    World Premiere Production of “Trouble The Water” written by Ellen Geer and directed by Gerald C. Rivers, adapted from the novel by Rebecca Dwight Bruff

    Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum seeks support in order to produce the world premiere of “Trouble the Water,” directed by Gerald Rivers, in our unique 299-seat amphitheatre as part of our 2022 Repertory Season. Producing Artistic Director Ellen Geer's theatrical adaptation of Rebecca Dwight Bruff's novel on the life of Robert Smalls follows the epic life story of this African-American hero and icon. The play will run for 15 Repertory performances for all, including a “pay what you can” performance, and 3 School Days Field Trip student matinees.