7 Years of THE HALO PROJECT
It is my goal to have as many people experience the transformative quality of theater. Everyone appreciates being acknowledged for their uniqueness and theater does this in all the best possible ways. I am proud to be part of The Halo Project and to further Company of Angels’ mission in inviting everyone to realize their storytelling potential.
-Lui Sanchez, Associate Artistic Director & Halo Project Director
The Halo Project is part of Company of Angels’ community-based theater program and serves the homeless and working poor. From non-actors and burgeoning artists, The Halo Project’s ten-week project offers workshops involving monologue and scene study, theatre games, actor exercises, and improvisation. The project culminates in performances by the participants incorporating an array of original and published monologues, scene work, short plays, dance, and musical pieces.
Past productions have featured themes of disenfranchisement and perseverance (Sense Us, 2010), government insensitivity and hard fought self-esteem (Civil Rites, 2011) and the conflicts of the mind and individual psyche versus societal conformity (Consciousness Under Construction, 2012). Participants have written about the 60’s hippie culture in Laurel Canyon, Louis Farrakhan at the Coliseum, living on the streets, the confines of County jail, and life in a skid row hotel.
The Halo Project recently has expanded its scope of work by bringing new and past participants together to discover and evolve new theatrical works and to form a positive growth community. The Halo Project remains one of many quality theatrical programs initiated by Company of Angels to serve its core mission of creating mutual learning partnerships with the residents of Los Angeles through artistic development opportunities, community building enterprises and life experiences.