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A Paradise of Artistic Innovation & Theatrical Celebration
The essence of Theatrum Elysium (Greek for "Theatre of Paradise") lies in our journey towards building a paradise of artistic innovation & theatrical celebration.
The Greeks felt those who lived a worthy life were granted entry into paradise, or Elysium. Their idea of paradise was an eternity of doing what you love most, with those you most love doing that with. And isn't that what we as theatrical artists most yearn for? A paradise of theatrical exploration, innovation, community - filled with joy, passion and integrity in craft. Our long term vision has always been focused towards Elysian Fields, our artistic paradise, where we will grow, and be inspired by, our surroundings.
The historic downtown section of San Pedro is an area that is absolutely exploding with artistic life, community support and a genuine appreciation for the power of the arts. It is a town is filled with studio galleries that feature burgeoning artists, eclectic restaurants and bars, nearby hotels, a weekly farmer’s market, First Thursday Art Walks, Third Thursday Festivals and other family friendly attractions like Ports O’ Call, the Cabrillo Aquarium and the USS Iowa, which allow the theatre-going experience to transcend the performance space alone.
A developing theatre community already exists in San Pedro, with established entities like Shakespeare by the Sea’s Little Fish Theatre and the beautiful Warner Grand broadway house situated right in our new neighborhood. Since arriving in the Summer of 2013, we've been welcomed by the energetic, Grand Annex and supported by the San Pedro Theatre Club. In our journey towards tomorrow, we immediately recognized that San Pedro was the perfect foundation for us to build our artistic paradise, our Elysian Fields.
Our artistic home is an eclectic wonder, with beautiful exposed red brick and wooden trusses, bringing a raw, visceral component to our work. Our first season in San Pedro featured Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Wouldn't It Be Lovely (a My Fair Lady Story), The Lady of Shalott and Oedipus. Each honored our aesthetic of creating theatre that is up close and personal - a shared experience. As a Teaching Theatre, the TE cycle of growth and mentorship is unparralleled in modern theatre. Beyond performances, TESPR's Acting Matrix Conservatory offers (Tuesday Night) workshops and month-long intensives (July & October) to developing artists in acting, dance, voice and movement - attended by TESPR company members!
Of Artistic Innovation...
TE San Pedro Rep breeds artists who hunger to explore, to rehearse, to journey into the creative unknown and follow that lighting bolt of inspiration - whenever it may strike.In our vision of Elysian Fields, developing artists are training alongside artists of multiple disciplines. The TE of today offers audiences productions they can taste, that infuse the modern into classical; where actors dance & dancers act at unimagined levels.
Raw, human stories. Immersive, imaginative staging. Re-defining the relationship between audience and performer. Qualities embedded into each TESPR production.
And Theatrical Celebration...
TESPR loves theatre. Period.
Theatre is about getting there vs. starting there. Falling in love with rehearsal. With being Explorers. Artistic Adventurers. Our community is made up of designers, directors, stage managers, actors, musical directors, dramaturgs, administrators, and other professionals with deep, personal pride in their craft - brashly testing the boundaries of the theatrical art form. The TE artist is dedicated to continued study - because we wholeheartedly believe training, rehearsal & preparation produce the finest of human harmonies, when speaking the creative soul.
The theatregoing experience at TESPR is just that - an experience. Something felt. Tasted. Something born in the moment, that affects, questions, thrills, disturbs, seduces and inspires. Productions feature performances filled with passion, texture, risking on impulse and a formidable ensemble spirit. We are proudly an Equity (AEA) theatre and part of the LA Stage Alliance.
TESPR loves theatre. Period.
Welcome to Theatrum Elysium San Pedro Rep!
We have much to share and much work to accomplish, and we are thankful that you, our supportive community, will be celebrating our continued growth in our exciting home. Our doors are open, we welcome you to stop by anytime and discover your artistic home away from home.
The name and seal of TE represent fearless artistic innovation and unapologetic theatrical celebration. As we embrace our future, grow our roots in San Pedro and expand the national conversation, we proudly welcome you to TE San Pedro Rep!