Actress, director, and educator, Michele Shay. Photo by Michael Rueter/Capture Imaging.

Our Equip program features a set of targeted series aimed at supporting the growth and development of Los Angeles’ Black arts sector.

Nonprofit Management Courses

We partner with nonprofit experts and consultants to provide courses specifically aimed at building and strengthening the knowledge, capacity, and infrastructure of Los Angeles’ Black theatrical institutions. Course topics include financial management, leadership and board development, staff development, fundraising, revenue streams, resiliency planning, marketing, donor cultivation and more.

Technical Training

In an effort to encourage more Black engagement and multigenerational opportunity in our industry, we provide technical training, in a variety of skills and disciplines, to the public. This series generates awareness and access to career development in the theatre, thereby increasing the pool of Black technicians and creatives. Focused areas include dramaturgy, virtual production, directing, stage management, producing, design, administration and business management, and marketing.

Grant Education

Black arts organizations have historically faced systemic barriers in access to funding. Whether public or private, grant eligibility criteria is often inherently biased against Black-led companies and perpetuate structural inequity in the arts sector. Our grant education series educates and prepares Black artists and Black entities for the grant writing and reporting process, helping them become more viable candidates for awards and funding.