CRE Outreach

CRE Outreach 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 empowers participants to believe that anything is possible through the experience of writing and performing original theatrical works. Currently, CRE Outreach’s three key programs are: Changing Perceptions – a performing arts program that provides visually impaired actors with an opportunity to push the limits of their disability through the dynamic medium of theatre. Creative Youth Theatre (CYT) – a performing arts program for underserved youth that encourages students to explore the challenges that they face through the process of creating and performing an original theatrical piece. Heroes’ Stories- a performing arts program for military veterans through New Directions at the V.A. that gives our nation’s brave service members a safe environment to voice their own heroic stories, personal tragedies, and experiences through theatre.

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 empowers participants to believe that anything is possible through the experience of writing and performing original theatrical works. Currently, CRE Outreach’s three key programs are: Changing Perceptions – a performing arts program that provides visually impaired actors with an opportunity to push the limits of their disability through the dynamic medium of theatre. Creative Youth Theatre (CYT) – a performing arts program for underserved youth that encourages students to explore the challenges that they face through the process of creating and performing an original theatrical piece. Heroes’ Stories- a performing arts program for military veterans through New Directions at the V.A. that gives our nation’s brave service members a safe environment to voice their own heroic stories, personal tragedies, and experiences through theatre.

Mission: Our mission is to use theatre to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives.

Operating as usual

11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day! We are so grateful to our veterans for their amazing work, spirit, and sacrifice. It's our honor to be able to give their voices and experiences a platform in the artistic space.
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Today we're highlighting a segment from Episode 3 of "What's Up, LA" in which VET Program Coordinator, Judy Welch interviewed representatives from two amazing organizations – VME & Hollywood American Legion Post 43. Enjoy! #VeteransDay

11/02/2020

Episode 3 of What's Up, LA? is now live! A few highlights...
📣 We are officially re-branded!
🌟 In anticipation of Veteran's Day, we see how VME and Hollywood American Legion are creating services for Veterans.
🔥Learn how "Scoops of Inclusion" is putting inclusion first!

📣 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! 📣.➡️ CRE Outreach is now officially "ArtsUP! LA" ⬅️.This is a huge moment in our organization's...
10/27/2020

📣 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! 📣
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➡️ CRE Outreach is now officially "ArtsUP! LA" ⬅️
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This is a huge moment in our organization's history and we are so grateful to be able to celebrate with this community.
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Check out our new website: https://artsupla.org/

CRE Outreach's cover photo
10/27/2020

CRE Outreach's cover photo

CRE Outreach is now Arts UP! LA
10/27/2020

CRE Outreach is now Arts UP! LA

10/24/2020

The Concert from the Stars is TONIGHT!
It's not too late to join. Grab a free ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars
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And be sure to stick around until the end. We have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

10/23/2020

Concert from the Stars is TOMORROW!
Support the amazing artists of Rex & Friends
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“Rex & Friends” provides training and performance opportunities for musicians with disabilities. It's free and fun and full of ♥️
https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

Summer of 2003, three guys (from left to right) Colin Simson, Bryan Caldwell, and Greg Shane, got together and decided t...
10/23/2020

Summer of 2003, three guys (from left to right) Colin Simson, Bryan Caldwell, and Greg Shane, got together and decided they were going to form CRE Outreach. 17 years later, something very exciting Is a about to be announced. This Saturday @ 7pm following “Concert From The Stars” performed by Rex and Friends, Executive Director Bryan Caldwell will announce something that will forever be part of CRE History. Join us: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

What's a song you're looking forward to hearing Rex & Friends cover?  🎶🎶
10/22/2020

What's a song you're looking forward to hearing Rex & Friends cover? 🎶🎶

10/21/2020

Can't wait for Rex&Friends Concert from the Stars THIS SATURDAY? You're in for a treat! Check out their cover of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/PeUco_mV2fg
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And join us October 24 for the LIVE concert online! Grab your FREE ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars
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Did you hear we're also holding a RAFFLE for all those coming to the concert? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/ConcertStarsRaffle

We have something NEW coming soon...Tune into our Rex & Friends Concert for the BIG REVEAL.We can't wait to share with y...
10/20/2020

We have something NEW coming soon...
Tune into our Rex & Friends Concert for the BIG REVEAL.
We can't wait to share with you. ✨
(grab your tix here https://tinyurl.com/fromstars for this Saturday's concert)

4 days until our Rex & Friends concert: CONCERT FROM THE STARS!It's free.It'll touch your ♥️Bring yo friends.https://tin...
10/20/2020

4 days until our Rex & Friends concert: CONCERT FROM THE STARS!
It's free.
It'll touch your ♥️
Bring yo friends.
https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

We have SO MUCH coming your way! New announcements, classes, virtual performances, and so much more..Sign up for our new...
10/19/2020

We have SO MUCH coming your way! New announcements, classes, virtual performances, and so much more.
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Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the KNOW: bit.ly/CRENewsSignUp

People need to express themselves. They need their voices heard. They need their music made. 🙏🎶That's why CRE is here. 😀
10/19/2020

People need to express themselves.
They need their voices heard.
They need their music made. 🙏🎶
That's why CRE is here. 😀

Our friends at Invertigo Dance Theatre are having a virtual Soiree TOMORROW, October 17 at 6pm! Join them for a delightf...
10/16/2020

Our friends at Invertigo Dance Theatre are having a virtual Soiree TOMORROW, October 17 at 6pm! Join them for a delightful, interactive evening of virtual dance performance and celebration of community leadership. We love our #CulverCity artistic peers and LOVE their work. Grab a ticket and support: https://invertigo.nationbuilder.com/soiree_rsvp

Our Concert from the Stars: A Rex & Friends Live Concert is just a week away!  We have new TUNES, new ARTISTS, and a new...
10/16/2020

Our Concert from the Stars: A Rex & Friends Live Concert is just a week away! We have new TUNES, new ARTISTS, and a new ANNOUNCEMENT to share with you! Grab your FREE ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars
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Did you hear we're also holding a RAFFLE for all those coming to the concert? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/ConcertStarsRaffle

Remember to VOTE! October 19 is the registration deadline so hurry if you haven't registered yet!⠀.⠀If the voter registr...
10/12/2020

Remember to VOTE! October 19 is the registration deadline so hurry if you haven't registered yet!⠀
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If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration.⠀
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More info at the link in our bio! #Vote #Vote2020

We'll be opening our hearts to you Oct 24 for our Rex & Friends Concert! We have witnessed first hand how music can chan...
10/12/2020

We'll be opening our hearts to you Oct 24 for our Rex & Friends Concert! We have witnessed first hand how music can change lives. We can't wait to share a LIVE concert with you: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

Friends! Artists! The Inspired!.We want to hear how CRE Outreach and our programs have INSPIRED YOU! You've shared your ...
10/09/2020

Friends! Artists! The Inspired!
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We want to hear how CRE Outreach and our programs have INSPIRED YOU! You've shared your great memories - now we want to hear what inspiration those memories created.
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We ALL need a little inspiration these days. We'd love to hear!
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Comment below to tell us your inspiration. Or feel free to call us at (310) 902-8220 or email us at [email protected]. 💙
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Something's UP at CRE Outreach. Something NEW.Something EXCITING. .We're making a special announcement after our Concert...
10/09/2020

Something's UP at CRE Outreach.
Something NEW.
Something EXCITING.
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We're making a special announcement after our Concert from the Stars on October 24! And we'd love to share the moment with you.Grab a seat: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

10/08/2020

Did you miss our VET performance last month? Not to worry! We got you.
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In our first ever online event, CRE Outreach and Veterans Empowerment Theatre present: "Veterans Keep It Reel" – original monologues written and performed by military veterans Asia Davis, Judy Levisy, Lester Probst, and Irene Cruz.
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Enjoy and show our veterans some love! ❤️

Make your own music. 🙌🎶
10/05/2020

Make your own music. 🙌🎶

If you're aching for some theatre, Alternative Theatre Los Angeles and LA STAGE Alliance have put together a great line-...
10/01/2020
Together LA: A Virtual Theatre Festival

If you're aching for some theatre, Alternative Theatre Los Angeles and LA STAGE Alliance have put together a great line-up of short plays from some of LA's best small theatres. The Together LA Virtual Festival starts tonight at 7pm!

Tonight you'll catch shows from Fountain Theatre, IAMA THEATRE COMPANY, Echo Theater Company, Ammunition Theatre Company, Company of Angels (CoA), and Lower Depth Theatre!

Check out the line-up and RSVP here: https://www.togetherlafestival.com/

Over the course of 3 weekends, 34 Los Angeles theatre companies will showcase 10-minute works, digitally produced and virtually shared and each evening will be hosted by Prominent Celebrity Guests. This is Together LA: A Virtual Theatre Festival.

10/01/2020

You've been waiting...and now our SECOND EPISODE of What's Up, LA! is here!
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In this episode, you'll see how CRE Outreach and arts organizations across Los Angeles are adapting and growing in these uncertain times PLUS you'll catch a glimpse into the world of visually impaired CRE participants Natalie Trevonne, Ronnie Chism, and Coco Atama.
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You also might get "the feels" from a Dog Named Stella and Dads & Daughter Dance videos.
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Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with CRE news - and we have a lot rolling out this fall! http://bit.ly/CRENewsSignUp
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Check out this show and more on the CRE YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/CREYouTube

09/30/2020
Rex & Friends – Man in the Mirror (Black Lives Matter)

Can't wait for Rex&Friends Concert from the Stars on October 24? You're in for a treat! Check out their cover of "Man in the Mirror" Check it out here: https://youtu.be/fKpxKKxCSq4
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And join us October 24 for the LIVE concert online! Grab your FREE ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/fromstars

Rex & Friends is a program that provides support and training in musical abilities, and performance opportunities for individuals in Southern California who ...

Rest in power. 🙌
09/28/2020

Rest in power. 🙌

We can all do something 🙌
09/23/2020

We can all do something 🙌

09/18/2020

Have you watched our pilot episode of WHAT'S UP, LA? yet? We got musical numbers, interviews, and so much more. Tune in: https://youtu.be/Hr5Csje40yQ

We've started to hear some wonderful stories from folx about their connections, struggles, and hopes. We want to highlig...
09/17/2020

We've started to hear some wonderful stories from folx about their connections, struggles, and hopes. We want to highlight the story of Michael Gourzis and his son Michael Jr., one of the newest members of Rex & Friends. Here's a snippet of the story...
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"Our personal journey into this world of autism began in 2004 when we were blessed with a healthy baby boy we named Michael. We learned quickly over the next few years that despite him being extremely physically healthy, he was missing key milestones such as pointing out things on walks, eye contact and most importantly language. At age 5 Michael was formally diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum which included being nonverbal due to a language and processing disorder. Because of his budding love of rock-n-roll and punk music at such a young age, we decided to put a guitar in his hands not realizing the hidden talents we would uncover. We learned that music would not just be his savior, but ours as well.
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...He doesn't want to be known for his disabilities but rather accepted for the abilities his diagnosis has given him. As parents we couldn't be more proud of the young man he's become. He is an accomplished young musician who spends his free time listening to music, playing his guitar and singing. Above all, he works hard every day to push back against his challenges to live the fully independent life he desires."🙌
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Comment below to tell us YOUR story! Or feel free to call us at (310) 902-8220 or email us at [email protected]. 💙
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11777 San Vicente Blvd, Ste 502
Los Angeles, CA
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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 20:00 - 22:00

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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: