SMC Main Stage Theatre Arts

SMC Main Stage Theatre Arts

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson @ Simply Shakespeare.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson @ Simply Shakespeare.

In 2016, SCLA and Santa Monica College established an initiative to elevate the summer festival to include a new apprentice company, a technical theatre arts program for veterans and a new venue on the Main Stage.

In 2015, SCLA celebrated the 25th anniversary of Simply Shakespeare.

In 2012, SCLA Launched Veterans In Art.  In 2011, Ben Donenberg was selected by US Secretary of Defense to participate as a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference where he was briefed and participated in training exercises with all five branches of the armed services.  

In October 2011, SCLA's  leadership was invited to attend a National Summit on the Arts in Healing for Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. 

In April 2011, SCLA is presented The Rosetta LeNoire Award by Actors' Equity Association in recognition of artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in the American Theatre. 

2010 SCLA Hosted Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Trial of Hamlet

2014 Americans for the Arts, Presenter- Veterans in Art

In 2006, Ben Donenberg, Founder and Artistic Director was appointed by the President of the United States White House and Unanimously Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve a six year term member of the National Council on the Arts, overseeing and approving more than $600 million in federal arts grants.

In 2007, the Will Power to Youth program was selected by Harvard’s Project Zero as an exemplary program and case study for the named in the Qualities of Quality Report, identifying the common shared qualities among the nation’s finest arts education youth programs in the Country  

In 2005, First Lady Laura Bush attended a Will Power to Youth performance in Los Angeles as part of a regional tour of exemplary youth programs.

In 2003, the Will Power to Youth program participants performed in U.S. Capitol for senators and congressmen, before receiving a White House Coming Up Taller Award for excellent arts-based youth development, the then participating youngsters were taken to the White House to be acknowledged.

In 1993, SCLA launched Will Power to youth.  

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is a tax - exempt, non-profit corporation. Donations are deductible to the full extent provided by law.  Here is a link to our IRS 501 (c) 3 Determination Letter.