About

The Strindberg Laboratory’s mission is to use the unique power of theater to support underserved individuals and communities on their paths of self-discovery, and to create and present powerful plays that connect audiences with their stories. Through this work, we seek to build bridges between people from vastly different backgrounds.

The Strindberg Laboratory, a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization. We are one of the only theater companies in Los Angeles County to engage formerly incarcerated individuals, and to provide theater workshops inside Los Angeles County Jails and California State Prisons. Our programming provides support, educational credit, job training, and employment opportunities to incarcerated individuals, as well as programming and reentry services upon release.

We also provide theater workshops for local community organizations that engage other underserved populations whose voices should be heard. All of our workshops and partnerships culminate in productions that allow us to build a creative dialogue for residents throughout our community.

The Strindberg Laboratory’s reentry program provides jobs, education opportunities and reentry services allowing our members to succeed upon release from a correctional institution. The workshops that we provide for local community organizations and original theater productions allows us to build a creative dialogue and relationship with diverse communities and bring communities together.

We thank the Vortex for the generous donation of rehearsal space and the Los Angeles Arts Commission for their generous support.

Board of Directors

Michael Bierman – Founder and President Strindberg Laboratory
Meri Pakarinen – Founder and Artistic Director Strindberg Laboratory
Judith Mahoney – Painter and Visual Arts Instructor
Elizabeth Beltran – Former Board Member FACT FAMILY
Betty Halle – Manager at Samoa Affairs
Mary Beth Barber – Special Projects Coordinator

Board Advisers

James Ulmer – President at The Ulmer Scale
Dierdre Laughton -Artist
Stanley Parvin– Parvin Foundation
Bart Lanni – former sherrif created K6G unit in Men’s central jail

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