Chalk Repertory Theatre is dedicated to producing classical and contemporary plays in unconventional spaces. Working with a diverse group of artists, we create work that is designed to reach a non-traditional audience and stimulate community discussion. We aim to transform the ideas that non-theatregoers have about what theatre can be, to create work that is intimate, relevant, and accessible to all.
Chalk Repertory Theatre was founded in the fall of 2008 by five graduates of the MFA Theatre program at the University of California, San Diego, who were living and working in Los Angeles. Actor/director Jennifer Chang, actor Amy Ellenberger, director Larissa Kokernot, playwright Ruth McKee and actor Hilary Ward formed Chalk Rep's first "Artistic Circle." The first season kicked off in January 2009 with Anton Chekhov's THREE SISTERS in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. That first season saw four full productions, including Julia Edwards' FAMILY PLANNING, which earned the company two Ovation Awards: Best Production, Intimate Theatre, and a directing award for Larissa Kokernot.
Now in our 9th season, Chalk Rep has become a leader in site-specific theatre in Los Angeles, partnering with sites as grand as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and as rustic as the garage of a private home. In 2010 we kicked off our biennial FLASH Festival where playwrights, actors, and directors come together to create new short plays for a specific space. Through subsequent FLASH Festivals, at The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, a new downtown highrise at 8th + Hope, and at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, this model has solidified into Chalk's key program for meeting and working with new actors, directors and playwrights, and planting the seeds for new work. In 2014 we also kicked off a monthly Writers Group to deepen our investment in Los Angeles playwrights. Scripts developed in the writers group often receive cold readings and developmental workshops by our company. And in 2017 we have kicked off a brand new community event we are calling "Open Circle," a quarterly a salon that brings together artists and art-lovers for community and conversation.
Now a company of thirteen artists, led by a rotating duo of Co-Artistic Producing Directors, Chalk remains true to our original mission working with a diverse group of artists to create works that are intimate, accessible, and an event to attend.
2017 Company photo by Collective.70
Not pictured: Jennifer Chang, Daniel Rubiano, Chad Smith