About Us

The Strindberg Laboratory is a professional theater company that creates community-based theater with persons from diverse backgrounds. Our original theatrical productions consist of people from around the world and from all walks of life and helps to build bridges between communities that are normally separated. We believe diversity is the key ingredient to creating truly unique and transformational theater at the highest level.

We also provide theater workshops for local community organizations that engage a wide variety of persons from different communities such as incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, college students, people with mental health-related issues, autistic persons and many more diverse populations. All of our workshops and partnerships culminate in original theatrical productions.

Michael Bierman – Founder and Executive Director, Strindberg Laboratory

Meri Pakarinen – Founder and Artistic Director, Strindberg Laboratory

Elizabeth Beltran – Former Board Member FACT FAMILY

Betty Halle – Manager at Samoa Affairs

Mary Beth Barber – Special Projects Coordinator

Nyslie Guerrier – Former Chaplain at Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center with over 25 years of church ministry and non-profit work.

Board Advisers

James Ulmer – President at The Ulmer Scale

Jouko Karjalainen– Researcher

Hellevi Bengs– visual theater artist and director

Christer Bengs– Professor and visual theater 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.

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