About Us

The Strindberg Laboratory creates community-based theater with persons from diverse backgrounds. Our original theatrical productions and workshops are developed and performed by people from around the world and from all walks of life, and they 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.
Our programs and productions address and reflect the needs of the communities we serve, and we believe that the more diverse our participants and audiences are, the more positive transformational change will occur. We believe theater must never be static, must constantly evolve, and must welcome all persons regardless of prior theatrical experience or backgrounds. 

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 & Director

Christer Bengs– Professor and Visual theater artist

Stanley Parvin– Parvin Foundation

Bart Lanni – Former Sheriff 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.
Markus Vahala – Board Advisor

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