Henriëtte Brouwers, associate director and producer. Henriëtte Brouwers is a performer, director and teacher. She has been the Associate Director of the Los Angeles Poverty Department since 2000. Born in the Netherlands, Brouwers has a degree from the Academie voor Expressie door Woord en Gebaar. She studied corporeal mime with Etiènne Décroux and was a member of Augusto Boal's ‘Theatre of the Oppressed‘ group in Paris (1979-82). Brouwers was invited to present her work in the US by the Theatre Project in Baltimore in 1993 and has since performed and taught at Towson University and the Baltimore High School for the Arts, UT of Knoxville, Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem and 7Stages in Atlanta. She was movement director for Blue Monk, directed by Ed Smith for the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA. Brouwers worked with John Malpede on the creation of 'RFK in EKY' a community-based re-enactment of Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 trip to investigate poverty in Appalachia. She is featured in artist Bill Viola’s renowned 'The Passions' series, which has been exhibited extensively in major museums throughout the world. Henriëtte performed her solo 'La lengua, the tongue of Cortès' both in the US and the Netherlands and directed a series of performances based on Mexican legends: at Pomona College 'Weeping Women and War'; with LAPD 'La Llorona, Weeping Women on Skid Row' performed on Skid Row and at a national conference on women and poverty at Scripps College, and 'La Llorona, Weeping Women of Echo Park' with a group of Latino immigrant Women in Echo Park. Brouwers and Malpede, co-direct and perform in many LAPD performances.
Anthony performed in LAPD's State of Incarceration, Walk the Talk and Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere. LAPD has inspired him to pursue an acting career and he is starting his 3rd year at the Actors Academy at LA City College.
Jennifer first performed in LA Poverty Department's 2002 Is there History on Skid Row? She also performed in State of Incarceration, Walk the Talk and A (Micro) History of World Economics. She performed in Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere and she has traveled with us to present this piece at Network of Ensemble Theater's Microfest in Honolulu in 2013.
Ronnie has performed with LAPD since 2008. He was part of LAPD's contribution in David Michaleck's Portraits in Dramatic Times at Lincoln Center in New York, 2011. He is an active member of the Skid Row Recovery Community and a graduate of the Amity Prison Re-entry program, where he is fulltime employed.
Tony joined LAPD as Red Beard for the 2014 production of Red Beard/Red Beard, performed at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City. Tony continues to make art with LAPD and hosts his own radio show out of Santa Monica College.
Linda is a singer and actress. She performed in the film the Soloist and appeared in the documentary Lost Angels. She is a member of the choir of the Central City Community Church, and she has worked with LAPD since 2009, performing in Let’s Go, State of Incarceration, Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere, A (Micro) History of World Economics and Walk the Talk 2012-2014. She traveled to the Netherlands to develop the performance HOSPITAL with Dutch theater Wunderbaum in 2013.
Kevin Michael Key
Kevin Michael Key, performer and community coordinator. Kevin Michael Key is a law school graduate and has practiced as a defense attorney. He is active in the recovery community in downtown Los Angeles and in community advocacy groups. He works part-time for United Coalition East Prevention Project to mobilize the neighborhood on quality of life issues. He does community diabetes education with the JWHC clinic. Kevin Michael has worked with LAPD since 2003 and has traveled with LAPD for community residencies in New York, Charlotte, NC, Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Paris, France suburb of Gennevilliers and Bolivia. As a member of LA Poverty Department Kevin Michael is responsible for linking communities, organizing workshops and public convening’s and speaking with the press.
Stephanie began with LAPD in the early 90’s. After taking a break from performing, she returned to LAPD in 2013, as part of the cast of A (micro) History of World Economics, Danced, which was performed at Pershing Square. She has participated in many LAPD productions and is participating in a new performance with LAPD about mental health.
RCB joined LAPD in May of 2014. He has performed in LAPD performances, A (micro) History of World Economics, Danced, Walk the Talk, Red Beard/Red Beard and LAPD’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists.
Riccarlo Porter, performer, writer. Riccarlo Porter is a writer, performer, publicist and a producer of arts events. As a core ensemble member of LAPD he has traveled with the company to Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C and Houston. He’s played a significant organizational role in our UTOPIA/dsytopia project and in our History of Incarceration project. He is a contributing writer and a performer in our production State of Incarceration.
Lee Maupin is an actor and Skid Row resident who has worked with LAPD since 2014. He has worked on LAPD projects Walk the Talk and Red Beard/Red Beard. He is also a stage manager for LAPD’s yearly art and music festival, Festival for All Skid Row Artists. In addition, he has worked with Cornerstone Theater Company on Love on San Pedro and most recently the California Tempest.
Chella's first LAPD performance was Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere and she performed in A (Micro) History of World Economics and Walk the Talk 2014. She is also active in the Boal based Theater of the Oppressed group: Gender Justice LA.
Walter joined LAPD in 2011 and performed in State of Incarceration, Walk the Talk, Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere, HOSPITAL, A (Micro) History of World Economics and Settlement. He is a leading member of the Skid Row Playaz; a percussion group that often performs at community events and is a regular at the Downtown Art Walk. Walter is US army veteran who volunteers to at the VA hospital in Westwood. He is an active member of Skid Row’s LA Community Action Network.
Charles Jackson has performed with LAPD since 1995. He worked closely with Henriëtte Brouwers in developing the movement sequences in Is There History on Skid Row? In 2002 and 2007 he coordinated the activities of 12 university participants and international visitors in changeXchange; LAPD's month long instructional workshop in making community based art. For many years Charles has been the tenant representative for his building, The Ward Hotel.
Silvia joined LAPD in 2013 for Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere and has traveled with us to present the piece at the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Microfest in Honolulu. Silvia also performed in LAPD's Walk the Talk, A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced and Settlement. She played the part of Ms. Millender-McDonald in Agentes y Activos at the Queens Museum in 2014. She has become an active advocate of the Skid Row community and is currently also a member of the Downtown Women Center and LA Community Action Network.
Sean's first LAPD performance was Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere. He also performed in A (Micro) History of World Economics, and most recently, Red Beard/Red Beard. Sean works with LA Community Action Network and is currently working on the Homeless Bill of Rights.