CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) is the professional producing arm of California Institute of the Arts, established to provide a unique artist- and project-driven framework for the development and realization of original theater, music, dance, media, and interdisciplinary projects. Extending the progressive work carried out at CalArts into a direct dialogue with professional communities at the local, national, and international levels, CNP offers an alternative model to support emerging directions in the performing arts. It also enables CalArts students to work shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrated artists and acquire a level of experience that goes beyond their curriculum.
Seminal artists from around the world are brought to CNP to develop work that expands the language, discourse, and boundaries of contemporary theater and performance. CNP fosters the future of live performance by infusing the work of such transformative artists with the talent, vitality and impulses of emerging artists in the CalArts community.
Since its modest beginning, CalArts Center for New Performance has produced work that has had immediate and startling effect on the national and international performance environment. CNP represents an integral part of the Institute’s commitment to provide a home for alternative theater and cross-disciplinary work on CalArts’ Valencia campus, at REDCAT, and at other national and international venues.
CalArts Center for New Performance was founded in 2002 by Susan Solt, Travis Preston, and Carol Bixler and launched with Travis Preston’s groundbreaking all female production of King Lear – staged in six locations within the massive factory spaces of the Brewery Arts Complex in downtown Los Angeles. Originally called the called the CalArts Center for New Theater, the name was changed in 2005 to reflect the expanded mission, aspiration and embrace of the larger CalArts performance landscape.
Mara Isaacs, Founder/Producer, Octopus Theatricals
Douglas Kearney, Writer
David Rosenboom, Composer-Performer
Judy Yin Shih, PhD