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                                   January 2014
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Getty Villa Selects Griot Theatre
as Sponsored Company 


Starting a professional theatre focused on artists from underrepresented groups was something of a leap of faith. In founding Griot Theatre, Sabah and I were acting on the premise that if we built it, we would find our audience and attract supporters who believe in our mission. That premise has  borne much fruit over the past couple years and we are pleased to announce that our latest supporter and collaborator is the Getty Villa (a subsidiary of the J. Paul Getty Trust).


It began when a staff member of the Getty Villa attended our inaugural production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. We were later advised that our bold interpretation of this classic aligned with the goals of the Villa Theater Lab, where theatre artists are invited to workshop productions based on ancient literature that culminate in public performances. Griot Theatre was invited to submit a proposal, which has been accepted, for May, 2015.


The Getty Villa will fund and host a Griot Theatre workshop production of Philoctetes, by Sophocles. This Greek classic is named for the loyal friend of Heracles (Hercules) who was entrusted with his bow, upon the demi-god's death. The Greeks, who abandoned the snake-bitten Philoctetes on the island of Lemnos 10 years earlier, return, now in need of him and the bow to win the Trojan War. The play explores questions of loss, betrayal, loyalty and whether one's ends always justifies the means. After the public performances at the Getty Villa, in Malibu, Griot Theatre will stage a full production at our home in Encino. With a focus on new plays this Spring and Fall, Philoctetes will round out our 2014-2015 season as the classical selection.


Griot Theatre's Inaugural
New Voices Festival

March 28 and 29, 2014 

The Lounge Theatre - Hollywood 


Griot Theatre is excited to announce its first New Voices Festival, a two-day event that will showcase the theatrical talents of underrepresented artists: women, people of color, and people with disabilities.  The event will include two staged play readings as well as audience talkbacks, providing a forum to explore untold stories by phenomenal playwrights that expand our perspectives and reflect the diversity of the human spectrum.  Additionally, one play will be selected for a full production by Griot Theatre in Fall of 2014.


So, save the dates...we look forward to having you as our guest at this exciting event!



We are currently accepting play submissions for the New Voices Festival.  Playwright must be a woman, person of color, and/or person with a disability.  Deadline is January 31, 2014 - there is no fee for submission.


For more information and submission instructions, CLICK HERE. 

Catching up with
Last year, Antonio played Caesar in Griot Theatre's production of Julius Caesar.  We recently caught up with him to find out about his current endeavors:

"Starting in February I will be recurring in 4 consecutive episodes of Showtime's "House of Lies". My character is named FOXX. The rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is also recurring on the show this season. I am part of T.I.'s entourage, his homie/bodyguard/whatever-he-needs kinda guy. Last night I appeared in the season premiere of Showtime's "Shameless", playing a nurse's aide named Duncan."

Watch an interview with Antonio from his hometown news station in Hampton Roads, Virginia! CLICK HERE

Find more about Antonio at:

Congrats to Antonio on his current successes! 


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                   Malik B. El-Amin                                                 Sabah El-Amin

Artistic Director & Co-Founder                   Executive Director & Co-Founder

Griot Theatre of the West Valley is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre in the West San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.  
Our mission is to create a forum for professional theatre artists from underrepresented groups - including women, artists of color and artists with physical disabilities - to interpret theatre in new ways. 
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