Chance Theater

Anaheim, CA   |  www.chancetheater.com

Mission

Chance Theater is an intimate theater that tells big stories. Chance is the only theater in Orange County with an artistic director of color, a majority staff of women or BIPOC. Our core belief is, theater is like a “gym for empathy” where community members go to build the muscles of compassion and engage with people unlike themselves. Our mission is to contribute to a more connected, compassionate, and creative community. We do this by: producing powerful, socially-conscious, provocative, intimate theater experiences; generating participation and dialogue between diverse communities; nurturing and supporting local artists; inspiring and empowering creative young minds.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Artistic Director

Mr Oanh X Nguyen

Main address

5522 E La Palma Avenue

Anaheim, CA 92807 USA

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EIN

11-3679644

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

orming Arts (Aer)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Annual Activities

Working on behalf of our conviction that the performing arts are an essential public good, critical to a healthy and truly democratic society, and invaluable as a source of personal enrichment and growth, we produce socially conscious, intimate theater experiences to provoke dialogue and motivate our patrons to stay after each performance to explore the human experience and build empathy along with our artists and their fellow neighbors. To deepen the process, we partner with related organizations and experts. In our recent production "Fun Home", the achingly beautiful story of Alison Bechdel’s journey as an LGBTQ writer, artist, and activist, included discussions with Jennifer Terry (Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, UC Irvine), Chandelle Loop (LGBTQ Center Orange County), and Porter Gilberg (LGBTQ Center Long Beach).

Beyond our productions, Chance Theater is committed to helping our underserved communities to find their voice and “speak up” about their lives and experiences. For fifteen years, our successful grant-funded Speak Up programs have been helping at-risk teens, students on the spectrum, and veterans find empowerment through the discovery of their own unique voice and story. Using traditional ensemble-building techniques, improvisation, playwriting exercises, and public performances, these “silent” members of our community have the opportunity to speak, so that we have the opportunity to listen; proving again and again that greater understanding fosters greater empathy. A common refrain from our participants, “For once I felt like I had a voice and it mattered. I felt like I was a part of a larger story.”

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre 2003

Arts OC 2001

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Chance Theater

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Rachelle Menaker

Attorney-at-Law

Term: 2019 - 2020

Guy Marr

AT&T (Retired)

Oanh Nguyen

Chance Theater

Casey Long

Chance Theater

Scott Well

No Affiliation

Georgia Well

Cerritos College

Terry Schomberg

South Coast Repertory

Larry Cripe

No Affiliation

Martin Benson

South Coast Repertory

Laurie Staude

Community Volunteer

Andy Lamb

Sunwest Bank

Susie Dittmar

Retired

Bruce Goodrich

Cal State Fullerton

Bette Aitken

Keller Williams

Robert Berman

Susan Bowman

Community Leader

Elizabeth Jones

Attorney

Lisa Zaradich

Attorney-at-law

Lisa Keating

Attorney-at-law