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Artsup La unlimited possibilities. Founded by Greg Shane, Bryan Caldwell, and Colin Simson, CRE Theatre has been providing performing arts programs to Los Angeles area schools and community centers since 2003.
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In 2007, the company incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the new name of CRE Outreach, with a mission to utilize theatre as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives. The word “CRE” (pronounced cray) is the Latin prefix meaning “to believe,” as seen in words such as credo, create and incredible. CRE Outreach

In 2007, the company incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the new name of CRE Outreach, with a mission to utilize theatre as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives. The word “CRE” (pronounced cray) is the Latin prefix meaning “to believe,” as seen in words such as credo, create and incredible. CRE Outreach

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A big shout-out to Culver City News for helping us get the word out about our upcoming show, Private Eyes: A Blind exper...
07/09/2021
‘Private Eyes: A Blind Experience’ presented by ArtsUp! LA’s Theatre by The Blind | Culver City News

A big shout-out to Culver City News for helping us get the word out about our upcoming show, Private Eyes: A Blind experience!

https://www.culvercitynews.org/private-eyes-a-blind-experience-presented-by-artsup-las-theatre-by-the-blind/

Buy tickets for the performance happening at Thursday, July 29, at 8 p.m. here: https://tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

ColumnsEntertainmentLocal NewsTheatre‘Private Eyes: A Blind Experience’ presented by ArtsUp! LA’s Theatre by The BlindBy Shari Barrett - July 2, 2021012Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Find out what it’s like to use your other senses to uncover clues during "Private Eyes: A Blind ...

ArtsUp! LA is offering a ONE TIME ONLY 24-hour discount for 20% off tickets to “Private Eyes," valid Friday, July 8 only...
07/08/2021

ArtsUp! LA is offering a ONE TIME ONLY 24-hour discount for 20% off tickets to “Private Eyes," valid Friday, July 8 only! Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary interactive event!

To retrieve your discount, visit tinyurl.com/ablindexperience and enter the following code upon registering: "blind" The code will be valid only until Friday, July 9th @ 11:59pm PST and will be the only discount offered for this event!

“Private Eyes” is an interactive, virtual event where audience members will become "detectives" while attempting to solve challenges blindfolded. Upon registration, you will receive an evidence packet in the mail that must not be opened until the night of the show. For this reason, tickets must be purchased no later than July 15th in order to attend!

Check out "Private Eyes" on BroadwayWorld at this link!

The evening will also be a fundraiser for The Braille Legacy, the first ever Theatre by the Blind and Rex and Friends musical, originally debuted in London.

This show has been made possible by many organizations including Culver City, SONY Pictures, the Culver City Arts Foundation, and the National Arts and Disability Center.

Can't wait to see you there.

ArtsUp! LA is offering a ONE TIME ONLY 24-hour discount for 20% off tickets to “Private Eyes," valid Friday, July 8 only! Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary interactive event!

To retrieve your discount, visit tinyurl.com/ablindexperience and enter the following code upon registering: "blind" The code will be valid only until Friday, July 9th @ 11:59pm PST and will be the only discount offered for this event!

“Private Eyes” is an interactive, virtual event where audience members will become "detectives" while attempting to solve challenges blindfolded. Upon registration, you will receive an evidence packet in the mail that must not be opened until the night of the show. For this reason, tickets must be purchased no later than July 15th in order to attend!

Check out "Private Eyes" on BroadwayWorld at this link!

The evening will also be a fundraiser for The Braille Legacy, the first ever Theatre by the Blind and Rex and Friends musical, originally debuted in London.

This show has been made possible by many organizations including Culver City, SONY Pictures, the Culver City Arts Foundation, and the National Arts and Disability Center.

Can't wait to see you there.

07/08/2021
Meet Sarah Cole

Check out this wonderful ittle piece on Sarah Cole!

Check back tomorrow morning for a special 24 hour discount to Private Eyes: A Blind Experience!
07/07/2021

Check back tomorrow morning for a special 24 hour discount to Private Eyes: A Blind Experience!

Check back tomorrow morning for a special 24 hour discount to Private Eyes: A Blind Experience!

Special thanks to BroadwayWorld for featuring Private Eyes! Check out the article in the link below.http://ow.ly/IX1m50F...
07/07/2021
BWW Feature: PRIVATE EYES: A BLIND EXPERIENCE by ArtsUp!LA Theatre By The Blind

Special thanks to BroadwayWorld for featuring Private Eyes! Check out the article in the link below.

http://ow.ly/IX1m50Fq6YA

Buy tickets to the show here: tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

Ever wonder what it's like to be blind? Find out on Thursday, July 29, at 8PM when you join an online/virtual performance, 'Private Eyes: A Blind Experience,' an unforgettable event in which audience members become detectives who must use their senses to help solve a mystery case - all while blindfo...

Meet the crew behind Film by the Blind!To learn more about Film by the Blind, head over here: https://www.artsupla.org/
06/25/2021

Meet the crew behind Film by the Blind!

To learn more about Film by the Blind, head over here:

https://www.artsupla.org/

Meet the crew behind Film by the Blind!

To learn more about Film by the Blind, head over here:

https://www.artsupla.org/

Seeing rehearsals for Veterans Empowerment Theater is always a treat.To learn more about VET, head over to https://www.a...
06/23/2021

Seeing rehearsals for Veterans Empowerment Theater is always a treat.

To learn more about VET, head over to https://www.artsupla.org/

Seeing rehearsals for Veterans Empowerment Theater is always a treat.

To learn more about VET, head over to https://www.artsupla.org/

ArtsUp! LA has been given the unique opportunity to perform The Braille Legacy after making its debut in London, but tha...
06/21/2021

ArtsUp! LA has been given the unique opportunity to perform The Braille Legacy after making its debut in London, but that dream could be shattered because of the financial strains that Covid created. The production features 14 blind actors from Theatre by the Blind and 10 musicians with different disabilities from Rex and Friends.

In order to bring this show to life, the need to fundraise soon became apparent. Theatre by the Blind had the idea to bring all of you together for an event to help make it happen. Thus, Private Eyes was born.

Buy tickets to ' Private Eyes' here:

https://tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

ArtsUp! LA has been given the unique opportunity to perform The Braille Legacy after making its debut in London, but that dream could be shattered because of the financial strains that Covid created. The production features 14 blind actors from Theatre by the Blind and 10 musicians with different disabilities from Rex and Friends.

In order to bring this show to life, the need to fundraise soon became apparent. Theatre by the Blind had the idea to bring all of you together for an event to help make it happen. Thus, Private Eyes was born.

Buy tickets to ' Private Eyes' here:

https://tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

Behind the scenes from set on Film by the Blind!We can't wait to return to set soon. What movies have you been watching ...
06/18/2021

Behind the scenes from set on Film by the Blind!

We can't wait to return to set soon. What movies have you been watching recently?

Behind the scenes from set on Film by the Blind!

We can't wait to return to set soon. What movies have you been watching recently?

What do you think it would be like to live life day by day, blind? How would it change how you live?Private Eyes: A Blin...
06/17/2021

What do you think it would be like to live life day by day, blind? How would it change how you live?

Private Eyes: A Blind Experience will be an unforgettable event in which audience members become detectives who must use their senses to complete challenges and solve a case - all while blindfolded!

Buy tickets here: tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

What do you think it would be like to live life day by day, blind? How would it change how you live?

Private Eyes: A Blind Experience will be an unforgettable event in which audience members become detectives who must use their senses to complete challenges and solve a case - all while blindfolded!

Buy tickets here: tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

Arts UP LA's Veterans Empowerment Theatre Program provides  performing arts workshops and opportunities that give our na...
06/10/2021

Arts UP LA's Veterans Empowerment Theatre Program provides performing arts workshops and opportunities that give our nation’s brave service members a safe environment to voice their own heroic stories, personal tragedies, triumphs, and experiences through theatre.

Learn more about VET here:

artsupla.org/programs/veterans-empowerment-theatre

Arts UP LA's Veterans Empowerment Theatre Program provides performing arts workshops and opportunities that give our nation’s brave service members a safe environment to voice their own heroic stories, personal tragedies, triumphs, and experiences through theatre.

Learn more about VET here:

artsupla.org/programs/veterans-empowerment-theatre

06/08/2021
Private Eyes: A Blind Experience

Buy tickets here:

www.tinyurl.com/ablindexperience

Calling all gum-shoes!

Private Eyes: A Blind Experience will be an unforgettable event in which audience members become detectives who must use their senses to complete challenges and solve a case - all while blindfolded! This auditory performance from Theater by the Blind immerses audience members in a hands-on and interactive experience unlike any other.

Your ticket purchase includes a blindfold, a dossier on all of the suspects, and an evidence pack with several challenges that must be completed without the use of your eyes. Only detectives with keen senses and attention to detail will find out who-dun-it. Do you have what it takes to solve the case?

Be there on July 29th, 8 PM PST!

06/07/2021
Teaser

Calling all gum-shoes!

We've got some exciting news coming tomorrow in relation to Theatre By the Blind.

Keep your eyes peeled for info at 10 AM PST tomorrow!

05/31/2021
Outreach Through The Arts

The story of how Santa Monica Music Center, home of our beloved Outreach Through the Arts Program, got featured on ABC7!

Learn about the process of rebuilding the center and the work the program is doing with the Santa Monica Police and their outreach in collaboration with our community.

05/31/2021
For The Longest Time

Rex and Friends covers 'For The Longest Time"!

What songs would you like to see Rex and Friends cover in the future?

Happy Memorial Day to our veterans involved in Veterans Empowerment Theater and all around the world.Thank you for your ...
05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day to our veterans involved in Veterans Empowerment Theater and all around the world.

Thank you for your service! We wouldn't be here without you.

Happy Memorial Day to our veterans involved in Veterans Empowerment Theater and all around the world.

Thank you for your service! We wouldn't be here without you.

Rex and Friends is a good looking group of a talented performers.Throwback to the 'Autism Sings' event they loved perfor...
05/27/2021

Rex and Friends is a good looking group of a talented performers.

Throwback to the 'Autism Sings' event they loved performing at!

Rex and Friends is a good looking group of a talented performers.

Throwback to the 'Autism Sings' event they loved performing at!

Members involved in Film by the Blind get to experience every aspect of what it's like working on a film set.If you coul...
05/27/2021

Members involved in Film by the Blind get to experience every aspect of what it's like working on a film set.

If you could choose any role to practice, what would it be?

Learn more about Film by the Blind here:

https://www.artsupla.org/programs/film-by-the-blind

Members involved in Film by the Blind get to experience every aspect of what it's like working on a film set.

If you could choose any role to practice, what would it be?

Learn more about Film by the Blind here:

https://www.artsupla.org/programs/film-by-the-blind

Rex and Friends can't wait to back on stage!
05/21/2021

Rex and Friends can't wait to back on stage!

Rex and Friends can't wait to back on stage!

A peek at pre COVID productions on our Film By The Blind program.
05/20/2021

A peek at pre COVID productions on our Film By The Blind program.

A peek at pre COVID productions on our Film By The Blind program.

Behind the scenes at a rehearsal of one of our pre-pandemic Veterans Empowerment Theater shows.We can't wait to get back...
05/20/2021

Behind the scenes at a rehearsal of one of our pre-pandemic Veterans Empowerment Theater shows.

We can't wait to get back to doing things in person on stage again!

Behind the scenes at a rehearsal of one of our pre-pandemic Veterans Empowerment Theater shows.

We can't wait to get back to doing things in person on stage again!

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
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To all of you in the CRE Outreach community who are moms, a very happy Mother's Day! Thank you for who you truly are, and what you do to empower your children to lead fulfilling lives. I'll always remember two months ago, when my mom had a heart-to-heart talk with me, and encouraged me and my youngest brother not to be fearful of the uncertain. As a nurse, she feels heartbroken when she hears about people dying from diseases like COVID-19, but in her field, these deaths come as no surprise. This mother-to-son talk encouraged me to email Greg Shane and his colleagues, advising them to put programs on hold long before the "Stay at Home" orders were issued. So thank you mom, for your work in the medical field. Without the work you do, most of us would not have been able to live or recover. By the way, my mom is a regular member of the CRE audience, and she has been to a few of the shows I was in. Her name is Theresa, but most people just call her Terry. So, to all you moms in the CRE audience and community, thank you for being the people you are. None of you is perfect, but with God's help, you can do anything. Love always... Matthew Saracho, actor in Theatre by the Blind and CRE board member.
Dear CRE audience and community... Some of you know who I am, but for those who don't, I'm a current actor in Theatre by the Blind and an active CRE board member. You've seen me in such shows as "A Reason to Love" and "Point of Extinction." My next appearance will be in a new production of "The Braille Legacy." I just came to express my gratitude to everybody who has stood home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Even before the president and governor issued these current "Safer At Home" orders, I knew CRE had to put a stop to normal rehearsals. My mother is a nurse, and in the past month or so, she's seen many people die from this disease, and sadly, quite a few people in East LA, her old neighborhood where she grew up. She's a forensic nurse, but she has coworkers and friends who work every day on the frontlines to keep us all safe. On March 9, my mom had a talk with me regarding COVID-19, and this mother-to-son conversation encouraged me to email Greg and his staff. When they saw my email, they immediately held a meeting the next day. Then, Greg left everybody a group text, and issued a temporary lockdown of Theatre by the Blind and other CRE programs, long before the rest of the country shut down. So again, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience and endurance during this difficult time. I knew I had made the right decision when I encouraged Greg and the CRE staff to put their programs on hold early. To this day, my mom is very proud of me for speaking up and alerting them on what could happen if CRE's doors remained open during the COVID-19 crisis. So please, continue to stay home and save lives, and together we'll get through this. I promise you, it won't be long. The last I heard, Mayor Eric Garcetti is supposed to lift his restrictions by May 15. Until we meet again, be calm, don't lose hope, and I look forward to having you around at our next performance. Love always... Matthew Saracho, current actor in Theatre by the Blind, and board member in CRE Outreach.
Hello peeps My name is Susan Stearns aka The blind friend. I do stand up comedy. I'm so happy that this organization exists. Horray for each of you.
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Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live, had this to say about our production of The Boys Next Door: Dear Los Angeles Autism Community, My Theater Community and Self Advocates around the world, There is something happening in Los Angeles right now that you should know about. You may have heard the thunder last Friday night and thought it signaled the rain that followed. I’m here to tell you it didn’t. It was a wall coming down. A wall we have been talking about for decades, a wall that has periodically had chunks taken out of it, but it came cascading down last Friday in a little Theater called The Blue Door. That is where CRE Outreach quietly opened its newest production of Tom Griffin’s late 80’s hit play, The Boys Next Door. Interesting, but not Earth-shattering, right? Wrong. This particular production, directed by the talented Jeremy Aldridge, blows the roof of inclusion. You know, that thing we have all been talking about and hoping to get to? This production shreds the notion that it won’t be possible any time soon and sets a new standard, for new generation of theatre. You need to see it. The Boys Next Door focuses on a group of grown men with varied developmental and psychiatric disorders living together in a home under the supervision of a young man named Jack. Jack finds himself in precarious position where he must find a way to move on from his current job and extricate himself from the lives of his charges, whom he has grown to care about. The play offers a great opportunity for actors who want to stretch. These characters are unique people with unique challenges. What is unique about this particular production is the actors are differently abled. Several members of the cast are legally blind, some are on the Autism spectrum and the rest are veterans who have served time in our armed forces. So, for instance you have an actor on the Autism Spectrum playing a person with a developmental delay…not Autism. You have a blind actor playing a person who is on the spectrum. There is no score card, no color coded chart telling you the personal challenges the actor has and what they are playing. No. But there are stunning performance, heroic performances when you consider the obstacles. But I have to be honest. That doesn’t occur to you until later, because the performances are riveting, they stand alone. There is no need for an asterisk. I remember when we used to talk about color-blind casting. Remember when that was controversial? I guess there are some people who are still confused. When a recent production of The Little Mermaid toured the south apparently there were more than a few raised eyebrows because the talented actress playing Ariel, Diane Huey, happens to be Asian. Apparently some people haven’t gotten the memo. My favorite line ever was from the production’s director, Glenn Casale, who said “Ursula’s blue! Are we going to talk about that?” Bazinga! Yeah, I guess there are some people who are living in the dark ages but, thank you Hamilton for putting the nail in the coffin on this one. For decades we have been fighting to get more diversity in casting. When roughly 16% of the world is dealing with disabilities why are there so few characters in films, TV and theater with disabilities and why are those roles given to actors without disabilities? There have been inroads to this. The Down Syndrome Community has broken down huge barriers in this area. Recently, we have seen an influx of actors with Autism playing characters with Autism. The talented Coby Bird on The Good Doctor and a growing cast of characters on Netflix’s Atypical are all actors on the spectrum playing people on the spectrum. This is spectacular. But the question has remained, “Can we get to the point where an actor with Autism can be cast as someone who doesn’t have Autism?” Aldridge’s Boys Next Door, blew right past that and came up on the other side. “Can we cast actors with all abilities to play characters of all abilities?” Yes! “Will it inform the work in some way that transcends the discussion of disabilities?” YES. It can and it did. In myriads of ways that can’t be described; you deserve to see it for yourself. So my friends, I ask you to rise in support of this effort and make sure this production gets the respect it deserves. If you can see it, you should. The Boys Next Door is playing at The Blue Door in Culver City now through November 10th. Visit www.CREOutreach.org or call 310.425.8215. Sell this show out and show the world what is possible when we look at “This Ability” not “Disability”.
I went to see The Blue Door's "The Boys Next Door" this past weekend, and all I can say is "WOW". It is a great show, if you have the opportunity to see it, I highly recommend it. It tackles a very serious range of topics with the perfect combination of drama and comedy allowing the material to hit home in a powerful and profound way. The set.... Amazing The actors... Wonderful. Lee Pugsley as Arnold Wiggins could not have been better cast. His performance was spot on and hit my funny bone so many time it was hard to breathe. The very talented August McAdoo came through with Norman's profound love of donuts, and his heartfelt love of Sylvia Taylor's character Shelia. Kenny Lee's, Lucian P. Smith's sudden transformative monologue hit my heart so hard, I could't help but tear up. And I really hate to pick out a favorite, because the entire ensemble was amazing, but I am going to here (sorry guys). CoCo Head's astounding portrayal of Barry Klemper was just too prodigious not to garner a little spotlight. I really felt like I was journeying through life with the character. Amazing job to everyone. As a first time patron of The Blue Door Theater, and indeed any theater in the Los Angeles Area (I am in town from Florida), I have to say I couldn't have had a better introduction to the theater community here in California. Congratulations on a great a show, and keep up the amazing work. I look forward to seeing more shows in the future!
Hey CRE Outreach supporters! I am a member of Theatre By The Blind and the visually impaired director of "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me", currently playing its final weekend at the Blue Door! I just wanted to encourage you to check out one of the performances this Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. It is a relevant and poignant piece about the strength of the human spirit and the cast is amazing! So grateful to CRE Outreach for giving me this opportunity! Tickets available at the door and online here: