World War I drama puts spotlight on women

April 19, 2017

By Christina Rodriguez “The Accrington Pals” by Peter Whelan brilliantly focuses on the women during World War I and their adversities. Whelan’s title refers to the 700 soldiers that marched voluntarily to the WWI in the summer of 1914 in Accrington, Lancashire, England. The play was directed by Kelley Hogan. The women of Accrington showcase their perspectives while their husbands, boyfriends or sweethearts embark to war. The play considers the…


Theater arts students flourish in annual competition

By Dorany Pineda  Design students from the theater arts department won big at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) that took place Feb. 14-19 at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Stephen Azua and David Sanchez won first place against 68 other competitors in the Design and Technology categories of the Region 8 competitions. Azua won for his Lighting Design in East Los Angeles College’s production…

March 1, 2017

ELAC Theatre Student Pushes to Dream

by Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College student Jasia Topete’s past involvements in theater have been a major contribution to her growth as a student and as a person. Theater and Chicano Studies major Jasia Topete has been involved in ELAC Theatre Arts Productions and in Casa 0101 plays. Last spring semester, Topete portrayed Sargent Verges in William Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing” directed by theatre arts instructor Kelly…

September 27, 2015

‘Kindred’ goes on the road

By Jesus Figueroa East Los Angeles College’s Theatre Arts Department is invited to perform the play “Kindred” at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival on Feb 10-14. The festival will be held at Dixie State University St. in George, Utah. The theatre department will be competing in Region VII. The region consist of college from Arizona, Central and Southern California, Hawaii, Southern Nevada and Utah. The department is holding…

February 7, 2015

Former Elan shares success in theater

May 16, 2014

  By Marlene Grajeda East Los Angeles College alumni Marcelo Olivas shares his success with the theatre department that first got him to the path towards his career as a professional actor. Olivas grew up in El Sereno with his grandparent for the first five years of his life. At his mother’s return he moved in with her to live out the rest of his adolescence. It was during the…


‘Light in the Darkness’ showcases bright talent

September 12, 2013

  By Ricardo Pimenta Casa 0101, a creative safe haven for the youth of Boyle Heights, introduces a powerhouse of a play with “Light in the Darkness.” Written by Victor Tamayo, then adapted and directed by Ramon “Monxies” Flores, who with the help of Producer Emmanuel Deleage,  “Light in the Darkness” ventures deep into the life of a gangster in Boyle Heights “Light in the Darkness” offers audiences a window…


Shakespeare inspires theatre arts professor

  By Wendy Lamm   Theatre Arts professor at East Los Angeles College Kelley Hogan was inspired to pursue acting because she grew up watching plays with her father. At the age of 23, Hogan moved to London to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to get her professional acting certificate. “It was a given at an early age that I loved performing and entertaining,” said Hogan….

April 24, 2013

First-time ELAC director in new theatre

April 23, 2013

  By Jesus Figueroa   After 12 and a half years of teaching at East Los Angeles College, James Johnson will direct his first play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” at ELAC premiering Friday in the upstairs theater P2-205. His first play will be directed in the P2 205 Upstairs Theatre on Friday at 8 pm. A few months ago, Johnson was granted access to the upstairs theatre to perform the…


Casa 0101 play tackles gay issues

By Erik Luna With an awe-inspiring ensemble of actors, the second annual production of the “Brown & Out Theater Festival,” sets the mixed emotions of being gay to the Casa 0101 stage. Eleven segments are stitched into two acts, starting with the humorous “Foundation For a Better Gay Brown Life,” to the informative “Forever Young,” creating one, for a lack of a better word, fabulous play. Each segment in the play…

October 4, 2012

Theatre students find outside stage

By Ariana Renteria Echoes of voices can be heard walking down the ramp toward the P2 theatre building. Gradually the echoes begin to make sense. The voices are not random. They are poetry leaving the mouths of East Los Angeles College students. The students are speaking words from the likes of “Hamlet,” “Rhinoceros in Love” and “Personal Messages.” Not only are these words flowing from students mouths, they are passionately acted  out…

November 23, 2011