My Journey in the Theater

My Journey in the Theater By Michael Barajas Education Intern GRoW @ The Wallis I remember coming in on the first day. I was desperately trying to find the front entrance while I was attempting […]

Defining Quality in Our Work

I am fortunate to work in a performing arts center with a deep commitment to education and community engagement.  Throughout our season our two theaters are made available to showcase the work we do as […]

Jazz: Inviting The Next Generation

When I was a student at Overland Avenue Elementary School, the Hamilton High School jazz band came to perform in our school auditorium.  They played “In the Mood” and teased us with several “false endings” […]

Arts Now: Los Angeles County Arts Education Summit

On December 8, 2017 the California Alliance for Arts Education and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective came together to produce Arts Now: Los Angeles County Arts Education Summit. For the Alliance, this was part of […]

GRoWing at The Wallis

Our education program are founded on the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. Our GRoW @ The Wallis programming is designed around two main objectives. We offer exceptional platforms for […]

Authentic Casting of People with Disabilities: “Nothing About Us, Without Us”

We are very proud to provide an artistic home for Coby Bird, a young artist with autism.  He has been a vital member of our Wallis Family, participating in The Miracle Project classes and performances and […]

Investing in Young Actors

Our 2017-18 season marks the second year of The Wallis Youth Theater Company. Under the leadership of Madeleine Dahm, Artist-in-Residence for GRoW @ The Wallis, the Company provides an opportunity for young actors (ages 19-25) […]

The Arts Are a Powerful Dropout Prevention Strategy

This blog post is drawn from Mark Slavkin’s speech to the National Dropout Prevention Center ( conference in Palm Spring, October 24, 2017. Good morning.  I’m delighted to be here and want to express special […]