The Rosenthal Theater is a creative home for innovative and diverse performance, education and artist engagement that seeks to nurture and illuminate the creative spirit of young people and adults by enabling them to create, present and experience new work.

Behind the Mic

A series of open mic evenings featuring poetry, performance and spoken word. Each evening is presented in partnership with local community arts organizations.

The Arena

Your Vision, This Theater, Our Community
An Open Space Series that supports the development of innovative projects and ideas in process. An opportunity to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where individual artists or companies can re-imagine, develop or discuss their artistic practice.

The Big Orange Door - Youth and Family Performances

A series of free public performances for youth and families. Each performance will have a pre-show art workshop based on the themes of the performance and a post-show conversation with the artists.

  • Saturday Family Series - Theater, Dance, Music and Film
  • Winter Solstice Festival and Performance
Youth Arts Festival

The Youth Arts Festival will bring together teen performance programs representing multiple neighborhoods, arts programs and community arts organizations throughout LA County. The day-long gathering will provide peer to peer collaborations, conversations, workshops and a public presentations.

Youth Night

A student-produced program that provides the opportunity for youth to virtually share their creativity, connect with other artists, celebrate creativity, and dialogue with industry professionals. 

Original Voices

A mentorship and project development program that pairs professional artists with Inner-City Arts student alumni to support the development of new work in performance and visual arts. Students will be paired with professional artists who will share their experiences, talent, critique and encouragement.

Young Audience Series

The Young Audience Series offers all Learning and Achieving Through the Arts students and their teachers to experience professional live performances in theater, music, dance and film. Each performance will have a pre-show art workshop based on the themes of the performance and a post0show conversation with the artists.

New Visions / Youth Performance Productions

New Visions is a program that supports youth artists to develop and create original productions in theater, dance and music. Each project will be cultivated through conversations, mentorship and workshops with professional artists that will culminate in various types of public and community productions.


Creative Collaborators

The Creative Collaborators are a selected group of Los Angeles performing arts professionals whose mission and purpose are in alignment with that of Inner-City Arts and The Rosenthal Theater. They are recognized by their peers and community for their artistic excellence and commitment to the growth and well being of fellow artists, neighborhoods and within their artistic fields. Our commitment to these groups is to provide a creative home for their artistic development and exploration. We will do this by developing a unique Artist-In-Residence program that best responds to the needs of our youth community and the individual artistic vision of each company.

The Creative Collaborators:

Hereandnow Theater Company, Hero Theater, One Grain of Sand Puppet Theater, Watts Village Theater, Viver Brasil, Sessions LA.

Youth Subscribers / Membership

A series of designated events to encourage a youth subscriber/membership to events in The Rosenthal Theater. These events might include the following: TEDxYouth, Original Voices, Behind the Mic, The Arena, the Big Orange Door, Learning and Achieving Through the Arts culminations, The Visual, Media & Performing Arts Institutes culminations and others.

For More Information on The Rosenthal Theater

For general inquiries about theater programming and/or rentals, please contact:

Michael Sample
Co-Artistic Director
213.443.0550 x 140

With special thanks to our supporters who make this program possible:

The Canet Foundation, LA Arts Recovery Fund, Mythical Entertainment, Rosenthal Family Foundation, and The Theodore J. Forstmann Charitable Trust.

"Having something like The Rosenthal Theater built for the children in this neighborhood and to see them come in here... I think it's going to elevate their whole sense of belonging and ideas of what is possible."

– Monica Rosenthal, Founders Board Member of Inner-City Arts