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ACTION-REACTION THEATER COMPANY

c/o Chandler Studio Theatre

12443 Chandler Blvd.

Valley Village, CA 91607

(818) 786-1045

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; applicants must be present at theatre events to get to know people within the company; membership by audition and experience. Dues: $40/month, plus a $100 initiation fee. Requirements of membership: Must attend monthly meetings and participate in production duties. Benefits or guarantees: Casting usually exclusive within company; frequent guest speakers; all classes half-price; free attendance to all shows. Production info: Four to five mainstage productions per year with six to nine workshop-space shows (original plays from within the company). House style: Company prefers quiet, close-up, realistic style, with an emphasis on classic and original work.

ACTORS ART THEATRE COLLECTIVE

6128 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 110

Los Angeles, CA. 90048

(323) 969-4953

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; actors will be called to audition for roles and become members after being cast in a few productions. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Members are invited to attend monthly meetings and encouraged to volunteer for production duties. Benefits or guarantees: There are no casting guarantees, but members are encouraged to propose lab projects that may go to full production; classes and coaching sessions available for a discounted rate; free Writing Out Loud workshop and performance offered monthly. Production info: Usually one classic and two original plays, three solo performances, and several company-produced lab productions. House style: Company works in various theatre styles with a respect for the classics and an emphasis on new works; production values are minimal with a greater focus on acting values, artistic expression, and growth.

THE ACTOR'S CO-OP

1760 N. Gower St.

Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 462-8460

Membership policy: Submissions welcomed; auditions are by invitation and are usually held in April. Though the company hires and works with people of all faiths (and no faith), Co-op members are Christians. Dues: $20/month. Requirements of membership: Must attend Monday night meetings. Benefits or guarantees: Members may create their own shows and run them on off nights; Tuesday night workshops offer three hours of creative time toward a presentation goal. Production info: Four mainstage productions per year. House style: Season always consists of one musical, one drama, one comedy, and one classical piece.

THE ACTORS' GANG

6201 Santa Monica Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90038

(323) 465-0566

Membership policy: Applicants must be present at theatre events to get to know people within the company; helping around the theatre in various capacities is the first step. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must attend meetings, participate in strikes, benefits, etc. Benefits or guarantees: Priority casting among members; participation in workshops to develop upcoming projects. Production info: Season consists of two to three presentational-style plays per year (classical as well as new works), typically produced with workshops beforehand in the Style, a kind of commedia dell'arte training.

BLUE SPHERE ALLIANCE

c/o The Lex Theatre

6760 Lexington Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90038

(323) 957-5782

Membership policy: Membership is by audition; actors may call for appointments if they are recommended to the company or submit headshots and resumes. Dues: Monthly (amount not available for publication). Requirements of membership: Members are asked to attend monthly meetings and do no more than 75 hours of crew or production work per year. Benefits or guarantees: Exclusive casting from the membership; free workshops in writing, stage combat, improv, and speech offered periodically; membership dues are deducted from the cost of Monday night acting class for members who choose to attend; member-written plays are workshopped, with the chance to be produced. Production info: At least five mainstage productions and five off-night productions per year. House style: Season always includes original work, West Coast premieres, revivals of rarely done plays, and solo evenings.

BUFFALO NIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY

1050 Carmona Ave.

Los Angeles, CA. 90019

(323) 969-4744

Membership policy: Company will occasionally hold an open audition for membership, usually through production auditions. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Commitment to each production. Benefits or guarantees: Members are involved with the company decision making. Production info: Two to three shows per year. House style: Company prefers original works or lesser-known plays by popular playwrights presented with cutting-edge style.

CIRCUS THEATRICALS STUDIO ENSEMBLE

c/o the Odyssey Theatre

2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 226-6144

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; membership by audition only. Dues: $155/month. Requirements of membership: Members must attend the weekly Studio, designed to develop a common language among members. Benefits or guarantees: Members participate in second-stage productions of classic and modern plays and may be considered for Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals mainstage productions. Production info: Two mainstage and two second-stage shows per season. House style: Company produces classical and modern plays, as well as new works.

CITY GARAGE

13401/2 4th St. (alley)

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 319-9939

Membership policy: Open auditions held twice a year for new membership. Dues: $55/month. Requirements of membership: New members must attend the weekly workshop for the first four months to learn the ensemble style; current members required to attend twice a month. Benefits or guarantees: Workshops held every Sunday; casting exclusively from within the company. Production info: Five shows per year. House style: Company produces socially and politically challenging, highly stylized contemporary drama, with an emphasis on European work and the naked human form.

COMPANY OF ANGELS

2106 Hyperion Ave.

Silverlake, CA 90027

(323) 883-1717

Membership information not available by presstime.

THE COOP THEATRE COMPANY

12335 Santa Monica Blvd., No. 405

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 979-7078

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted year-round; periodical auditions. Dues: $30-$60/month, depending on type of membership. Requirements of membership: Must attend monthly meetings and work four hours per month. Benefits or guarantees: A variety of workshops, including a monthly writers workshop, is offered; members encouraged to create their own productions. Production info: Three mainstage and 10 to 12 second-stage productions per year. House style: Company produces member-generated original works and tends toward a quirky, experimental style.

CORNERSTONE THEATER COMPANY

708 Traction Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 613-1700

Membership policy: New members must be invited to join by current ensemble members. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must attend bi-monthly meetings. Benefits or guarantees: Members paid at a professional rate; priority casting from within the company. Production info: Four to five shows per year. House style: Company produces new works and adaptations of classics, and works within geographic, occupational, cultural, generational, and other communities to tell those communities' stories, and collaborates with other theatre groups.

THE ECLECTIC COMPANY THEATRE

5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91607

(818) 508-3003

Membership Policy: Membership primarily by referral; headshots and resumes are accepted, with auditions/interviews held two to three times per year by invitation; six-month trial membership followed by full membership upon membership committee approval. Dues: $25 initiation fee, plus $25/month with a six-month initial commitment. Requirements of membership: Must attend one company meeting and perform 10 hours of work per month. Benefits or guarantees: Trial members and full members receive free admission to all mainstage productions and are given priority casting; full members are eligible to hold company officer positions and vote for board members. Production info: Four mainstage productions and three to six off-night and late-night productions. House style: Eclectic. Productions range from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Shepard and Guare to original works.

EVIDENCE ROOM

2220 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

(213) 381-7118

Membership policy: Must work two productions before being invited to become a member. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Members are expected to work on each production. Benefits or guarantees: Priority in casting and chance to initiate and/or propose new productions. Production info: At least three major shows per year, with many additional projects. House style: Company specializes in highly theatrical productions.

FIRE ROSE PRODUCTIONS

c/o the Secret Rose Theatre

11246 Magnolia Blvd,

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 766-3691

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; membership by invitation only following recommendation or participation in a show. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: An ability to bring something to the table other than acting, and a willingness to help with fundraising activities. Benefits or guarantees: Priority casting within the company; members may suggest/ request production ideas and are given guidance in pursuing their dream projects; Young Writers' workshop offered; discounts to all shows. Production info: Three to four shows per year. House style: Company produces unique children's musicals, with casts combining children and adults, as well as classic works and new plays.

FIRST STAGE

P.O. Box 38280

Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 850-6271

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; applicants are encouraged to attend theatre events to get to know people within the company. Dues: $45/quarter. Requirements of membership: Members participate in six hours of work per quarter. Benefits or guarantees: Priority casting among members. Production info: Staged readings every Monday night; workshops; fundraisers; no full productions. House style: Company is a development organization dedicated to new work for the stage and screen.

THE GLOBE PLAYHOUSE

1107 N. Kings Rd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(no phone calls, please)

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; audition required. Dues: $25/month when active. Requirements of membership: None. Benefits or guarantees: Members vote on plays to be produced; priority casting within the company; industry workshops offered. Production info: Three to five full productions per year. House style: Company produces mostly Shakespeare and classical plays, with occasional modern and new works.

GLORIOUS REPERTORY COMPANY

c/o 24th Street Theatre

1117 W. 24th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 745-6516

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted from actors, writers, and designers. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must attend all rehearsals and do some work at the theatre. Benefits or guarantees: A creative, fun working environment within an intimate company (always fewer than 15 members). Production info: One show per year. House style: Company creates multigenerational theatre in a highly visual, non-traditional style.

INTERACT THEATRE COMPANY

P.O. Box 8830

Universal City, CA 91618-8830

(818) 773-7862

Membership policy: Membership is by referral from current members; bring headshots and resumes to Monday night readings or Tuesday night play development lab to network. Dues: $25/month. Requirements of membership: Work/participation in productions. Benefits or guarantees: Members are given a certain number of hours in the theatre per month; priority casting within the company. Production info: Two full productions per year, theatre festival of member-generated material once per year, workshop performances. House style: Company typically produces eclectic, member-generated material.

THE JEWEL BOX THEATRE CENTER

1951-1959 Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90068

(323) 469-4434

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; monthly auditions held for each of the two in-house companies. Dues: $40-$60 a month ($10 discount to actors over 55). Requirements of membership: Must attend company meetings and shows; must work six hours per month. Benefits or guarantees: Free classes sponsored by membership; discounts to members producing their own shows; yearly showcase; member resource guide; free admission to company shows; training offered in playwriting, screenwriting, directing, and acting; in-house film workshop and classes in production. Production info: Four mainstage shows per year from the Gemstone Players and four from the Center Theatre Ensemble. House style: The Gemstone Players produce published works, with one original play per season; The Center Theatre Ensemble concentrates on new works, either in-house writing or originals submitted through play competitions.

KNIGHTSBRIDGE THEATRE

35 S. Raymond Ave., Ste. 101

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 440-0894

KNIGHTSBRIDGE L.A.

1944 Riverside Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 667-0955

Membership policy: Membership by invitation; shows cast through open auditions. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must be passionate about theatre. Benefits or guarantees: Priority in casting; opportunities for directing and assistant directing. Production info: 18 to 24 shows per year, mainly Shakespeare or American classics. House style: Cutting-edge theatre with a classical core.

LODESTONE THEATRE ENSEMBLE

P.O. Box 1072

Studio City, CA 91614

(323) 993-7245

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; company is open to all theatre artists, however, it is primarily an Asian-American theatre company and most of the members are Asian Americans. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must put in an average of 15 work hours per month. Benefits or guarantees: With occasional exceptions, all shows are cast from the membership; members may participate in free readings, workshops, and classes; programs offered to support the company's writers, directors, and technical artists; majority of shows written and directed by company members. Production info: Two mainstage shows per year. House style: Company seeks out diverse and compelling works by Asian-American and non-Asian-American playwrights, mostly geared toward a younger sensibility (18-35 age range).

LONNY CHAPMAN'S GROUP REPERTORY THEATRE

10900 Burbank Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 771-8260

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; interview and audition required. Dues: $40/per month. Requirements of membership: Members take part in hosting, cleaning, and work details and are encouraged to attend company meetings and develop projects. Benefits or guarantees: Members vote on issues and policy; casting usually exclusive within the company; workshops, including voice and acting, are free to members. Production info: Four to five mainstage shows per year, with many projects and original plays from the playwrights' unit. House style: Company produces an eclectic selection of plays and works in a variety of styles.

THE MET

1089 N. Oxford Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 957-1741

Membership information not available by presstime.

MOVING ARTS

514 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 622-8906; (213) 622-8946

Membership information not available by presstime.

THE MUSICAL THEATRE GUILD

P.O. Box 2612

Toluca Lake, CA 91610-0612

(818) 848-6844

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; selected applicants are invited to become provisional members and may be voted into full membership after fulfilling a six-month provisional period and performing in at least two productions. Dues: $15/per month. Requirements of membership: Members are expected to serve on at least one committee and participate in all aspects of productions; company holds five general membership meetings each season. Benefits or guarantees: All productions cast from the membership, excepting special circumstances, and all members are guaranteed an audition. Production info: Five one-night-only concert presentations per season at the Pasadena Playhouse; an educational show that tours the L.A. Unified School District under a full Equity contract; five-show series of living-room readings produced by members. House style: Company specializes in rarely produced musicals.

M.Y.E. THEATRE COMPANY

11693 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 233

Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 322-3142

Membership policy: Membership offered by invitation based on participation in an M.Y.E. production; headshots and resumes accepted on an ongoing basis; actors are invited to participate in company workshops. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must bring at least two audience members to every production and must participate in workshops; a positive attitude and a belief in an ensemble approach to the stage are also required. Benefits or guarantees: Priority casting within the company and roles created expressly for each member; regularly held workshops in drumming, movement, and voice. Production info: Mainstage productions are presented when they are ready and when finances are available, usually at the end of 12-18 months of workshop; each summer the company presents Storydrumming, a series of stories based in myth and folktale presented biweekly at the Weiland Brewery. House style: Company takes its inspirations from visual art, folklore, mythology and fairytale; its use of percussion is its hallmark.

OPEN FIST THEATRE COMPANY

1625 N. La Brea Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 882-6912

Membership policy: Members are accepted by invitation; headshots and resumes are also accepted; open auditions for membership are held two to three times a year. Dues: $55/month. Requirements of membership: Attend meetings, builds, and strikes; must work six hours per month. Benefits or guarantees: Casting exclusive within the company unless a role cannot be filled; free workshops and classes. Production info: Seven to 15 productions per year. House style: Productions tend to be ensemble-based, with heightened theatricality, and may include anything from original works to Shakespeare.

PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE

707 Venice Blvd.

Venice, CA 90291

(310) 301-3971

Membership information not available by presstime.

PASADENA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

1000 Fremont Ave., Ste. 202

South Pasadena, CA 91030

(626) 799-1860

Membership policy: Membership by invitation; open auditions are held for each production. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: None. Benefits or guarantees: None. Production info: Five shows per year. House style: Season consists of three Shakespeare plays and two others not limited to classical.

ROAD THEATRE COMPANY

5108 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 761-8838

Membership policy: Open auditions held once a year for membership. Dues: $20/month. Requirements of membership: Technical and house work required per show. Benefits or guarantees: Casting exclusive within the company unless a role cannot be filled; ongoing classes and scholarships at the Lankershim Arts Center. Production info: Three mainstage shows per year, Late Night and Off Night Series, Monday night free reading series. House style: Company produces mainly world, West Coast, or L.A. premieres and concentrates on all elements of storytelling with an emphasis on the technical.

SACRED FOOLS

4650 Cahuenga Blvd., Ste. 11

North Hollywood, CA 91602

(310) 285-8382

Membership information not available by presstime.

SANFORD MEISNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

5124 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 509-9651

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; applicants must be graduates of a two-year Meisner program. Dues: $40/month. Requirements of membership: Must attend bi-monthly meetings and participate in three hours of work per week. Benefits or guarantees: Members take part in the company decision making; casting usually exclusive within the company; use of theatre space when available; in-house classes and guest speaker series. Production info: Three to four mainstage shows per year; two to three workshop and/or "next stage" shows. House style: The Center was founded by Sanford Meisner in 1995 as a place for graduates of Meisner technique programs to continue their growth as artists in a professional setting.

THEATRE 40

P.O. Box 5401

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 364-3606

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes accepted; audition required for membership; submitters will be notified of the next audition date after photos are received; experience and/or union affiliation preferred. Dues: $20/per month. Requirements of membership: Members attend monthly meetings if possible, as well as Monday night seminars (play readings for Beverly Hills High School Night School students); usher for productions and attend work calls. Benefits or guarantees: Shows cast from within the company; Monday night seminars; play readings at the Greystone Manor; playwrights' workshop. Production info: Four mainstage productions and four repertory plays (generated by membership) per season; possibly a one-act festival and an additional production. House style: Company produces a variety of contemporary, classic, and original plays.

THEATRE EAST

12655 Ventura Blvd.

Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 760-4160

Membership policy: Membership by invitation only; interviews are held for 18-month apprentice program. Dues: Initiation fee of $40; $40/month. Requirements of membership: Must have a union affiliation; apprentice work crews and various other stage work offered in place of dues. Benefits or guarantees: Members, including apprentices, may participate in workshops, classes, seminars, industry showcases; casting exclusive within the company unless a role cannot be filled. Production info: Two to six shows per year depending on workshop status. House style: Theatre produces exclusively world premieres, most generated by members in workshops.

THEATRE WEST

3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West

Hollywood, CA 90068

(323) 851-4839

Membership information not available by presstime.

TOWNE STREET THEATRE

4101 Budlong Ave., Ste. 4

Los Angeles, CA 90037

(213) 624-4796

Membership policy: Acceptance based upon audition. Dues: $25/per month. Requirements of membership: Members must attend monthly meetings and work at least five hours per month; active participation required in technical aspects of shows, as well as acting. Benefits or guarantees: Shows cast from member auditions; no auditions required for film or staged readings; paid positions available through conservatory and children's camp; opportunity to explore other areas of theatre, including writing, producing, and directing; in-house classes held for the company. Production info: Three mainstage productions per season; film and staged reading series year-round; three workshop productions; original work by company members encouraged. House style: Company produces original work, both comedies and dramas, by African-American playwrights.

THE VIRGINIA AVENUE PROJECT

3000 W. Olympic Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 264-4224

Membership policy: Actors, directors, writers, and visual artists get involved by coming to classes for the project kids (ages 8-18) and participating as adult mentors; joining the mailing list as an interested artist is the first step. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Members participate as schedules permit; shows usually cast from current contacts and volunteers. Benefits or guarantees: Opportunity to work in a supportive, family atmosphere; artists are paid a small honorarium for work in a production; no casting guarantees. Production info: Four shows a year. House style: Company is a nonprofit pairing professional artists with kids in challenging circumstances to create original theatre; all productions are world premieres.

WEST COAST ENSEMBLE

522 North La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 876-9337

Membership policy: Open auditions for membership held in June and December; must prepare a scene for audition of three to five minutes. Dues: Initial fee of $100; $45/month. Requirements of membership: Must take a job in one of the following areas: administration, fundraising, production, marketing promotion, maintenance, special events, or interns; must work in some backstage capacity in one production per year. Benefits or guarantees: Dues can be reduced by $10 if five hours extra work per month is given; acting, movement, voice, improv, musical comedy, dialects, playwriting, and directing workshops offered for free as space permits; members may also take part in Playwrights Unit, Directors Lab, and Producers Wing; casting exclusive within the company unless a role cannot be filled. Production info: Three mainstage and three second-stage shows per year, play readings and ensemble night workshops with invited audience. House style: Company produces a wide variety of shows, including one musical per season.

WE TELL STORIES

5740 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 256-2336

Membership policy: Headshots and resumes always accepted; one year probationary period for new members, after which they may be voted into full membership by core members. Dues: None. Requirements of membership: Must attend meetings and reviews with artistic staff. Benefits or guarantees: Members take part in decision-making process and build original shows; all casting from within the company; members are paid for performances once they learn the material. Production info: Touring company works steadily from September through June at schools, museums, and libraries; some summer work also available. House style: Company is a multi-ethnic storytelling troupe that has been presenting innovative trunk shows throughout California and the USA since 1981.

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