Community Engagement – Past Events

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Learn more about our past Community Engagement Projects in the links below:Engage Program at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse






In Juliet’s Garden – Oct 2014

In Juliet's Garden at the Grapevine Arbor

A 4-month partnership project with the San Gabriel Mission High School culminating in the production outdoors of the play In Juliet’s Garden in the beautiful Grapevine Arbor adjacent to the Mission Playhouse.



Toypurina – Oct 2014

Toypurina at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

An 18-month partnership project with Gabrieleno-Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians culminating in a sold-out run of the World Premiere of the stage play Toypurina charting the real-life events leading up to the rebellion against the San Gabriel Mission in 1785.



Free Pre-Concert Discussion – Jan 2015


A partnership project with the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra. Before the FREE community performance, concert goers joined Composer Mitsumoto, Conductor Ho, and soloist Biryukov for a pre-concert discussion moderated by Classical KUSC Radio Host Alan Chapman (pictured on right end).



LA County Arts – Arts Tune-Up – Jan 2015

Arts Tune Up Workshop San Gabriel Mission Playhouse January 2015In this partnership with LA County Arts Commission, over 140 artists and arts administrators attended a free workshop designed around an informal round-robin process in which participants visited five expert discussions and topic presentations.  Topics included arts education in-school resources and working in arts education, community and cultural outreach, fundraising, individual artist resources, intro to public art, marketing, publicity, social media, understanding health insurance and healthcare reform. Head on over to our Facebook Page to see pictures from the event.


¡Free Viva el Mariachi Femenil! Exhibit – Mar 2015

Viva el Mariachi Femenil Exhibit Mission PlayhouseIn partnership with Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez, this important exhibit showed how women have been actively engaged professional mariachi musicians for more than 100 years.




Free Event, Poetry at the Playhouse: Laureates on Stage – Apr 2015
Poetry at the Playhouse 2015In honor of National Poetry Month, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez took to the stage of the Playhouse for a workshop, readings, and Q&A session. Check out our Facebook Page to view pictures from the event.




Free Summer Social Media Workshops – June & July 2015 partnership with local website and marketing company Ready Artwork, we hosted 3 community workshops. Ready Artwork presented on a variety of topics including how to run a successful e-mail marketing campaign,  A/B Testing,  B2B Strategy vs. B2C Strategy, Yelp and Facebook ads and how they can boost your leads/sales.




Ramona- Free Silent Film Screening and Discussion – June 2015

Ramona Thumbnail for webA partnership project with the Native Sons of the Golden West- Ramona Parlor, Ramona Museum of California History, the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, and Rancho Camulos Museum & National Historic Landmark. The Mission Playhouse held a free silent film screening of the 1928 classic Ramona, directed by Edwin Carewe starring Dolores del Rio followed by a post-show discussion with Ramona historians.

Click here to view pictures of the event.


Free Summer Nights Music & Movies SeriesJune 2015 to present

Summer NightsBeginning in June 2015, the Mission Playhouse has teamed up with San Gabriel’s Community Services and Community Development Departments to present the “San Gabriel Summer Nights Music & Movies” series. Each Thursday night from mid June – early August,  free movies and concerts are held at one of two locations: the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse or Vincent Lugo Park.



The Importance of Being Earnest – Oct 2015

Thumbnail 3In partnership with San Gabriel Mission High School, students performed Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Playhouse Program Coordinator Jonathan Salisbury.




US Premiere: Hauz Khas Connection – Oct 2015

Thumbnail 1The first event in our new Global Flavors world music & food series, the Playhouse held the first US concert by Indian- Jazz fusion group Hauz Khas Connection.




Silent Sundays Series – Nov 2015 to present

Thumbnail 2A series of classic silent film screenings with live accompaniment on our 1924 Wurlitzer pipe organ done in partnership with the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society. The series launched with The Mark of Zorro (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks. Season 2 began with Speedy starring Harold Lloyd on September 25th.



Free Pre-Concert Discussion – Jan 2016

Community Engagement Pic 4A partnership project with the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra. Before the free community performance, concert goers joined  Conductor Ho, and soloists Inna Faliks (piano), Brett Deubner (viola), and Alexander Fried (violin) for a pre-concert discussion moderated by Classical KUSC Radio Host Alan Chapman.



Free Events, Storytelling & Kathak Dance – Feb 2016

Community Engagement Pic 5During San Gabriel’s Lunar Year Festival, the Playhouse held 2 events where patrons got to join artists onstage for storytelling and Kathak dance.




Henan Art Troupe – Feb 2016

????????????????????????????????In partnership with Sias International University, Grand Performances and Community Arts Resources, the Playhouse presented the only West Coast performance of Henan Art Troupe on its first American tour featuring Chinese Folk Music, Opera, and Acrobatics.



Free Neighborhood Concert – Feb 2016

Community Engagement Pic 2The Los Angeles Philharmonic partnered with the Playhouse to present a free neighborhood concert. The performance featured a new work by LA Phil Senior Composer Fellow and San Gabriel’s own Sharon Hurvitz, along with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4. Leading the Philharmonic was Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Click here to view pictures from the pre-show.


Steve Wilson Comedy Special – Apr 2016

Community Engagement Pic 1Wilson, co-host of The D.L. Hughley Show and a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, was joined by guest comics Johnny Osburn, Ricki Sofer, & John Moody for a comedy night at the Playhouse.




Free Poetry at the Playhouse – Apr 2016

Poetry at the PlayhousePatrons listened to some of LA’s finest poets: Vickie Vértiz, Mike Sonksen, Naomi Hirahara at our free poetry event in honor of National Poetry Month.




Jornada – Apr 2016

Jornada for EngageIn partnership with Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre, Jornada traces the origins, development and influence of Flamenco in an explosive celebration combining Indian Kathak, Irish Step Dance, Ballet Folklorico, and Flamenco, all accompanied by music played live on stage.

Click here to view pictures from the production.


Curry Concert & Dinner – June 2016

SuryaprakashOur first collaboration with the renowned Indian Classical music presenter, The Music Circle, for a Curry Concert & Dinner, featuring carnatic vocalist R.Suryaprakash.




Free Concert, The Ghetto Fivetet – June 2016

Ghetto FivetetIn partnership with About…Productions, we held a free concert in our beautiful lobby with The Ghetto Fivetet which featured members of the Grammy winning band Quetzal. The Ghetto Fivetet performed songs from the Quetzal songbook, and “They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?” which is scheduled to be presented at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in May of 2017 as part of a special event series, The Latin Wave.


Free Concert, Yari Moré Latin Band– Sep 2016

yari-more A free outdoor concert featuring Yari Moré Latin Band on Mexican Independence Day, guests enjoyed the sounds of salsa, cumbia, merengue, cha-cha, and the romantic bolero. The concert was sponsored by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.



Partha Bose & Indranil Mallick– Oct 2016

indranil-partha-1Our second collaboration with The Music Circle, guests took a musical journey to India with enthralling classical music from internationally renowned artists Partha Bose (sitar) and Indranil Mallick (tabla).



All About the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse– Jan 2017

Mission.Playhouse.Auditorium webnewIn partnership with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, LAHTF’s ‘All About’ theater tour series came to San Gabriel for a day of Playhouse history and a special behind the scenes tour.



Lunar New Year – Jan 2017


Thousands poured into the Mission District for the City’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival, this year celebrating the Yearof the Rooster with performances in the Playhouse by Story-teller Barbara Wong and World Music ensemble Suzanne Teng and Mystic Journey. In association



Play in A Day – Jan 2017

IMG_0145Local young people got together on stage at the Playhouse for an all day workshop let by LA based Rogue Artists Ensemble and presented a short performance. Presented in partnership with LA County Library, San Gabriel.



Silent Sundays, Laurel & Hardy – Feb 2017

Silent Sundays Mission Playhouse 2Another very popular event in our Silent Sundays series with Laurel & Hardy having the audiences in stitches with three silent shorts accompanied live on our 1924 Wurlitzer theater organ by master organist Lance Luce. Presented in partnership with Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society.