Photo of the Week – June 29, 2011

From left: Urban Arts graduate Frank Turiano, Raven Symone, Rosie Perez, and Andre Royo in Father’s Day
On June 18th, Urban Arts Partnership took to the west coast for the first time with Montblanc Presents The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. This first annual event also heralded the arrival of Urban Arts programming in Los Angeles public schools in 2012.
Just as they have for the past ten years in New York City, 24 actors, six directors, and six writers came together in a flurry of talent, inspiration, and caffeine to create six original pieces of theater in one day. The inaugural event in Los Angeles marked another first for Urban Arts, as alumnus and Nagler Scholar Frank Turianotook the stage as one of the 24 participating actors. Frank starred with Cam Gigandet, Rosie Perez, Andre Royo,  and Raven Symone in Father’s Day byChinaka Hodge and directed by Leigh Kilton Smith.
Another Urban Arts Partnership graduate and Nagler Scholar, Olivia McClendon, opened the show with her poem Why I Write. According to Yahoo, Olivia’s performance reminded those in attendance that the event is “about the future of arts in education and the future of the kids involved.”
To read more about The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles and other events, clickhere.