About CNP

CalArts Center for New Performance 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.

Travis Preston
, Artistic Director, Dean/School of Theater
Megan E. Carter, Producing Director
Abby Marcus, Managing Director
Marissa Chibas, Head of Duende CalArts
Chi-wang Yang, Associate Artistic Director
Paul DiPietro, Production Consultant
Paul Turbiak, Communications Director
Sophie Blumberg, Associate Producer (MFA)
Jesse Bonnell, Artistic Associate (MFA)
K. Mercedes, Social Media Specialist (BFA)

Artistic Council
Mara Isaacs, Founder/Producer, Octopus Theatricals
Douglas Kearney, Writer
David Rosenboom, Composer-Performer
Judy Yin Shih, PhD