Education and Outreach Programs

The Theatre and Dance program participates with local schools and other community organizations in the following ways:

Teatro Dominguez, our multi-cultural theatre company, connects all areas of diversity, gender, age, and offers support and fundraising events for causes such as victims from Katrina, women’s shelters, cancer survivors, etc.  Also, many of the plays and readings are written by students and faculty involved in Teatro.  Many of these plays are performed in elementary schools with a focus on educating students about current events.  Teatro Dominguez, formed in 1991 by Professor Bill Deluca, serves as a university-wide community service program dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding on campus and in the surrounding community. Students from many disciplines throughout the university work with Theatre Arts students to create educational programs that perform in local elementary schools.

The New African Grove Black Theatre Program brings play performances and readings to local schools and presents productions that highlight the African-American experience of the past 200 years.  Our program has presented shows such as Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West, August Wilson’s Jitney, and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury. 

Under the Artistic direction of Donis Leonard, the NAACP Award winning New African Grove Black Theatre Program (BTP), is committed to staging works by new and established African-American dramatists, that illuminate the African-American experience for people of all ages and ethic groups. In addition to staging plays, the BTP also offers special topics courses, guest artist workshops, educational tours, and community outreach throughout the greater Los Angeles area. 

Toro Forensics, an award-winning team from the Speech Program under the leadership of Donis Leonard, competes annually in Public Speaking, Debate, and Oral Interpretation Tournaments.  In 2016 our students won top honors at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Tournament.
 
High School Theatre and Dance Festival, an important community outreach event, reaches high schools within a 20 mile radius to participate in a full day of theatre and dance classes and to preview a scene from our upcoming show or musical.  Schools also receive 10 complimentary tickets to distribute to students to see an upcoming show.