L.A. THEATRE WORKS MISSION AND BACKGROUND
Under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for more than thirty years. LATW is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org, and aired on many other international outlets including the BBC. Our unique model – using cutting–edge technology to preserve ephemeral live theatre – transcends the limits of the physical stage, making us the industry leader in providing access to live and recorded theatrical performances, with an unparalleled annual reach of millions. Through our commitment to artistic excellence, educational and outreach efforts and innovative distribution technologies and content formats, we provide an immersive, imaginative, and affordable on–demand theatre experience to anyone, anywhere, any time. The company records its productions in Los Angeles before an enthusiastic and loyal audience of season subscribers. Works by Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Lillian Hellman, Athol Fugard, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Karam, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, Lydia Diamond, David Mamet, Lynn Nottage, David Henry Hwang and others have been performed and recorded by LATW with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theatre style performances in over 350 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An LATW performance is immediate and spontaneous, and features a first–rate cast and live sound effects, creating a sound–rich, intimate experience that draws audiences into the stories and performances.
Today, LATW’s Audio Theatre Collection includes more than 500 classic and contemporary titles – the largest library of its kind in the world. Much lauded, the Collection is available to the public in CD, and digital downloads through LATW’s website, www.latw.org and through retailers such as Amazon, iTunes and Audible.com, and through our podcast series, produced in partnership with Wondery Media. Our Collection is also available in over 11,000 libraries and has received awards from the Audio Publishers Association, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Publisher’s Weekly, Writers Guild of America, American Library Association, a GRAMMY® Award nomination, and many others. Over 3,000 public high schools and 2,000 underserved libraries nationwide use the recordings and accompanying study guides to teach language arts, literature, history and civics through LATW’s free outreach programs: Setting the Stage for Learning and Library Access. Through The Play’s the Thing for Higher Education, LATW also makes a database over 300 digitized works from our collection available to over 200 universities and colleges worldwide for use in a variety of disciplines. For more information on these programs, LATW’s Audio Theatre Collection, national radio broadcasts, podcasts, and other exciting projects, visit www.latw.org.