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.
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
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
Leslie Ferreira – Professor, Chair and Producing Director of the LACC Theatre Academy, received his B.A. from UC Berkeley, and his M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Allison Jones – Dean Emeritus of the Performing and Visual Arts departments at Los Angeles City College. She also served as President of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Administrators Association, representing the District Deans, for 7 1/2 years.