Founded in 1967, Center Theatre Group (CTG), one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading not-for-profit theatre company, equally renowned for its high-quality work and the singular enjoyment audiences experience from its performances, its innovative outreach programs and diverse programming and its broad education programs.
Since 2005, Michael Ritchie has been the Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group, which includes the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. In his first seven seasons at CTG’s helm, Ritchie selected over 100 productions for the three theatres, including 30 world premieres and five American premieres.
Prior to Ritchie, Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson led the Taper for 38 years, the Ahmanson for 16 years, and produced the inaugural season at the Douglas Theatre.
At the Ahmanson Theatre, CTG presents a wide range of dramas, musicals, comedies and classic revivals. More recently, the U.S. premiere of the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” and the world premiere of the John Kander/Fred Ebb/Rupert Holmes musical “Curtains” were presented at the Ahmanson; both moved to Broadway and received a combined total of 21 Tony Award nominations in consecutive seasons. The Ahmanson season often presents touring productions of blockbuster Broadway musicals and dramas such as “Follies,” “Fela!” “American Idiot,” “God of Carnage,” “Next to Normal,” “South Pacific,” “Jersey Boys,” “Avenue Q” and “The Color Purple.”
As one of the top resident theatres in the country, the Mark Taper Forum has developed an impressive number of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, including Mark Medoff’s “Children of a Lesser God,” Michael Cristofer’s “The Shadow Box,” Robert Schenkkan’s “The Kentucky Cycle” and Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” Part One – “Millennium Approaches,” and has earned a number of distinguished honors including a Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence.
More recent Taper productions include the world premieres of Jason Robert Brown’s musical “13” and Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted,” both of which were presented on Broadway; David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face,” “Water & Power” by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash; and Randy Newman’s “Harps & Angels.”
The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City is the newest member of CTG’s family of theatres. The theatre, which was named for its major donor, film icon and philanthropist Kirk Douglas, opened in October 2004 and in its short history has already had three works move to Broadway: the world premieres of Alex Timbers’ and Michael Friedman’s musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” and the revival of William Inge’s “Come Back, Little Sheba.” “Bengal Tiger” was also named a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist.