The 2020-2021 season for the CalArts School of Theater and CalArts Center for New Performance will focus on the development of new and existing work, as well as discourse with several prominent faculty, guest artists, and alumnx.

The current physical distancing challenge has provided us with an opportunity to move assertively to an ensemble model of project creation. This has been a staple of experimental practice throughout the world – and crucial as a gesture of de-institutionalization of performance practice. Though always an important facet of the CalArts experience, the current environment invites us to embrace the creative potential of ensemble work in a more expansive and profound way. 

Working across disciplines and cultural boundaries, these smaller ensembles will allow for an expanded range of projects and voices, while enfranchising students to step beyond the traditional bounds of their given métier – highlighting our dedication to experimental practice, lateral production strategies, and cross-cultural engagement. 

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The 2019-2020 CalArts School of Theater/CNP season featured the following projects, workshops, and residencies:

Performance Series: Two Trains Running

By August Wilson
Directed by Tyrone Davis

Opening: October 18
Closing: October 22
Location: Coffeehouse Theater, CalArts

King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brittney Brady (MFA3)

Opening: November 15
Closing: November 23
Location: Walt Disney Modular Theater, CalArts

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By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Genevieve Fowler (MFA2)

Opening: December 4
Closing: December 11
Location: E400, CalArts

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Witkacy / Two-Headed Calf

Directed by Natalia Korczakowska

Opening: October 18
Closing: October 25
Location: REDCAT

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Performance Series: The Summer in Gossensass and Molly’s Dream

By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Zoe Moore

Opening: December 6
Closing: December 10
Location: Coffeehouse Theater, CalArts

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By Sophocles
Directed by Jesse Bonnell (MFA3)

Opening: February 21
Closing: February 29
Location: Walt Disney Modular Theater

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El Camino Donde Nosotros Lloramos (The Road Where We Weep) 

Created by Largartijas Tiradas al Sol

Opening: January 6
Closing: February 8
Location: E400, CalArts

Opening: February 13 
Closing: February 14
Location: Mexico City

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Rasgos Asiáticos

By Virginia Grise
Directed by Alexis Macnab  

Opening: March 19
Closing: March 22
Location: Automata

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Uncle Vanya

Written by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Peng Hsu (MFA2)

Opening: March 19
Closing: March 27 
Location: E407, CalArts

Performance Series: American Teenager 

Directed by Monty Cole

Opening: February 28
Closing: March 3
Location: Butler Building II, CalArts

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By Albert Camus
Directed by Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (MFA3)

Opening: April 17
Closing: April 25
Location: E400, CalArts

Performance Series: The Labyrinth

Developed by Speakeasy Society

Opening: April 22
Closing: April 25
Location: Walt Disney Modular Theater, CalArts

Workshops, Conferences and Special Events

TEA Masters Talk Back Series

On Site Event: September 17, 2019
Location: Walt Disney Modular Theater


Created and Performed by Peter Mark

Opening: November 8, 2019
Location: Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles

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CNP Artists in Residence

  • Try/Step/Trip

    In Residence: September 16-28, 2019

  • The George Project

    In Residence: November 11-25, 2019
  • Octavio Solis: Scenes with Cranes

    In Residence: May 11-23, 2020

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Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Winner

  • Lloyd Suh

    In Residence: Spring 2020