Griot (pronounced GREE-oh) is of French origin and is a term used throughout West Africa to describe a story teller who preserves the history and culture of a village or community.
These story tellers keep an oral tradition which allows for the histories, myths and culture of a people to be passed on to each new generation.
GRIOT THEATRE was founded in 2011 as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization to create a live, professional, resident theatre for the West San Fernando Valley.
To create a forum for professional theatre artists from underrepresented groups - including women, artists of color and artists with physical disabilities - to interpret theatre in new ways, by:
Making the classics accessible to present-day audiences by reimagining Shakespeare, the Greeks and other classics through non-traditional casting, inventive interpretation and evocative staging.
Furthering society’s understanding of the human condition by exploring diverse and innovative established plays.
Contributing to the future of American Theatre by developing and producing new works by playwrights from underrepresented groups.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are dedicated to creating professional, resident, live theatre in the West San Fernando Valley. In order to achieve the best possible theatre experience we endeavor to do the following:
Collaborate with the finest directors, actors and other theatre artists available in the country.
Create opportunities for actors from underrepresented groups - including ethnic minorities, women and actors with disabilities - to perform non-traditional roles.
Make productions accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences with the use of captioning, sign language interpretation and "hearing loop" technology.