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Carene Rose Mekertichyan is an artist, organizer, educator, and proud Black Armenian Angelena. She is drawn to storytelling that centers marginalized narratives and firmly believes that art exists to spark empathy and create social change. She serves as Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Artistic Associate for Social Justice and Program Coordinator for Support Black Theatre. Selected stage: KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE, MACBETH, THE TEMPEST, PERICLES, TWELFTH NIGHT (Independent Shakespeare Co.), THE THREE MUSKETEERS (PVPA), SEÑOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTA (Rogue Artists Ensemble), TROY (Hero Theatre), MACBETH (Northern Stage). Film: LIVE AT THE PORPENTINE!, I AM EASYTO FIND, BOYS ABOUT TOWN. She is also a Teaching Artist with Creative Acts, Center Theatre Group, and the Unusual Suspects in addition to being a proud co-author of the LA Anti-Racist Theatre Standards and Blklst Contributor. Her plays and spoken word have been produced at Edinburgh Fringe, MeetCute LA, Company of Angels, ISC, and "We the People Theater Action". She is also an essayist, with work published by LAist, University of Texas Press, The Armenian Weekly, HyeBred Magazine, and Kooyrigs. Training: Dartmouth College, BA; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Certificate.

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Photos: MAMA MAMA CAN YOU SEE Opens This Weekend In World Premiere From Coin & Ghost

‘Mama Mama Can’t You See,’ an explosive new play about human connection and the mythology of war, opens this weekend for a four-week run at Studio/Stage.

Interview: Zachary Reeve Davidson of Coin & Ghost On Directing MAMA MAMA CAN'T YOU SEE

Zachary Reeve Davidson is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, the group presenting Mama Mama Can’t You See, an explosive new play about human connection and the mythology of war written by ex-Marine Stan Mayer and Cecilia Fairchild. Davidson is directing and choreographing, opening November 10 at Studio/Stage. Since the new play tells the story of being involved in a war from the viewpoint of a Marine, I decided to speak with Zachary about its creation and relevancy to our world today in which wars seem to be constantly in the news.

Interview: David Melville on Directing Shakespeare's Gritty Political Thriller JULIUS CAESAR

Given recent events and political drama, including propaganda used to sway the public, nothing should surprise modern audiences when it comes to politics. But perhaps the most well-known dramatic representation of political intrigue takes place in Shakespeare’s classic play Julius Caesar, which centers around the events that led to his assassination by Roman senators on the 'Ides of March' (March 15) 44 B.C.E.  I decided to speak with David Melville about how the production will differ from more traditional staging and why he decided it would be a good fit for audiences.

Registration Now Open For Center Theatre Group's Going Pro Career Fair

Current college and graduate students as well as early-career individuals and college, university, and trade tech educators are invited to register and attend Center Theatre Group's Going Pro Career Fair.

Review: GROCERS GONE WILD IN KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE at Independent Shakespeare Company In Griffith Park

ISC’s unique brand of Shakespeare in the park has long been a summertime favorite for Angelenos of all ages. PESTLE is a work of Francis Beaumont, not the Bard, but as adapted and staged by director Melissa Chalsma, this loopy bit of play-within-a-play meta is every bit a comic winner.

New 'Los Angeles Anti-Racist Theater Standards' Seek To Create Lasting, Systemic Change

A diverse collective of L.A.-based theater artists dedicated to true equity has released “The Los Angeles Anti-Racist Theater Standards” as a way to create lasting, systemic change within L.A. theater institutions. The full set of standards, which were emailed to 130 local theater companies on Sept. 8.


Independent Shakespeare Co. has launched a new play development program, upholding our commitment to our Black artists. ISC has always approached theater in a deeply collaborative manner, and this project emphasizes collaboration and the voices of our Black Ensemble members. Giving our artists the freedom to create is the goal of this project.

Skylight LIVE Presents Three New Events Online in Honor of Juneteenth

Skylight Theatre dedicates three live events commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. This programming will explore what “Freedom” means in today's society for Black people and other marginalized folx in the U.S.

LOVE NOTE Audio Experience is Now Available at Plummer Park in West Hollywood

Rogue Artists Ensemble presents a unique, interactive, in-real-life sonic experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.

Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents STORAGE RUN

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse meets Choose Your Own Adventure meets classic holiday fare in Storage Run, a new, interactive holiday experience from Rogue Artists Ensemble.

BWW Interview: ISC's David Melville & Melissa Chalsma On Being Free, Social Awareness & The Future

As live theatre remains in lockdown, Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) is morphing their Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival into a free, livestreaming program of four FESTIVAL EVENTS on Saturdays in August, and a hybrid stage production of ROMEO & JULIET Labor Day weekend. ISC's co-founders David Melville & Melissa Chalsma were most gracious in answering my emailed queries on their twenty-plus-years-old theatre organization.

Company of Angels Presents WHAT'S GOING ON? A Virtual Play Festival

Celebrating 60 years as Los Angelesa?? oldest non-profit theater company, Company of Angels presents a live-streamed event Whata??s Going On? A Virtual Play Festival: Watch Whata??s Going On? live on Saturday, August 1 & 8 at 8 PM PST on Youtube at, Facebook Live at or via their Website at

ISC Adds New Staffer, Carene Mekertichyan, Artistic Associate For Social Justice

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), producers of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, announces the establishment of the new position of Artistic Associate for Social Justice. Filling this position is Carene Mekertichyan. She will identify and facilitate strategies of interaction between ISC and the Los Angeles community in an effort to proactively dismantle systemic injustices.

April Nixon Joins The Cast Of TROY By Amina Henry

Hero Theatre announced today that Broadway actress April Nixon has joined the cast of Troy by Amina Henry. The world premiere is directed by Hero Theatre's Artistic Director Elisa Bocanegra and features original songs by T.J. Keanu Tario.

Full Company Announced For World Premiere Of TROY

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Hero Theatre announced the full company for its upcoming production of Troy by Amina Henry. The production will be directed by Hero's Artistic Director, Elisa Bocanegra.

PHOTO FLASH: Independent Shakespeare Co. Presents PERICLES at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Love is lost and found again in PERICLES, one of Shakespeare's most spellbinding plays. The young Pericles sets out for adventure, but gets more than he bargains for. Twenty-five years later, it's his daughter's turn to sail the high seas as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her birth. 

BWW Feature: Summer Shakespeare Spotlight. What to See Now!

Summer is the best time of year to get out and see a Shakespeare play, especially in Southern California. Whether it's under the stars, staged in a unique performance space, or revived in a traditional theater, you can't go wrong when it comes to the world's greatest writer. Here's what we've currently got on our radar. Go see a show!

PERICLES Announced At The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

This summer Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) presents the rarely-performed epic Pericles at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, directed by ISC Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Melissa Chalsma. Pericles will begin previews on Saturday, July 27 at 7pm, will open on Saturday, August 3 at 7pm and perform through Friday, August 30 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.  All ISC summer Shakespeare productions are FREE to the public! Pericles is the second of two productions being presented at this year's Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Twelfth Night is currently playing and will run in repertory through September 1.

Free Shakespeare For L.A. Is Back With TWELFTH NIGHT At The Griffith Park

This summer Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) presents the romantic comedy Twelfth Night at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, directed by ISC Co-Founder and Managing Director, David Melville. Twelfth Night will begin previews on Saturday, June 29 at 7pm, will open on Saturday, July 6 at 7pm and perform through Sunday, September 1 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.  All ISC summer Shakespeare productions are FREE to the public!  Twelfth Night is the first of two productions being presented at this year's Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Pericles begins Saturday, July 27 and will run in repertory with Twelfth Night.

PERICLES Begins July 27 At The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Shake out your picnic blankets and start planning your picnics! We are back for our 16th season of Free Shakespeare in the Park, a summer-long event for all of Los Angeles to play with theater, family workshops, opening acts and special events.

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