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L.A.'s Center Theatre Group produces 'It Gets Better' video

March 8, 2011 |  6:08 pm

Center Theatre Group, the largest theater company in Los Angeles, is the latest local organization to join the "It Gets Better" groundswell. Initiated by columnist Dan Savage last year, the grassroots, anti-bullying campaign was formed in response to a string of suicides by gay youth resulting from harassment by fellow students.

CTG's video, which was posted Tuesday on YouTube, features artistic director Michael Ritchie and managing director Charles Dillingham, as well as a number of CTG employees and associates. The company said the video was commissioned by CTG's Education and Community Partnership department and created by documentary filmmaker Aleigh Lewis. It includes music by the band Live Footage.

Keep reading for a full list of the people who are featured in the video, in order of appearance...

Michael Ritchie, artistic director
Charles Dillingham, managing director
Donald Jolly, donor relations assistant
Patrick Owen, deputy director of development
Ann-Sophie Morrissette, grants coordinator
Jim Halloran, educational communications coordinator
Patricia Garza, department manager, Education and Community Partnerships
Leslie Johnson, director of Education and Community Partnerships
Skypp Cabanas, ticket operations coordinator
Sandra Ebejer, institutional giving officer
Pier Carlo Talenti, resident dramaturge, literary manager
Marcos Najera, a teaching artist affiliated with CTG’s education department
Shawn Robertson, ticket sales director
DJ Kurs, access coordinator for Project Date (sign-language interpreter)
Mike Sablone, literary associate
Malcolm K. Darrell, new play production associate
Bruce W. Rise, director of major gifts
Ashley Opstad, educational services coordinator
Michael Yurchak, a teaching artist affiliated with the education department
Carlos Chavez, audience services representative
Janine Salinas, assistant to the director of Education and Community Partnerships
Dave Alton, chief information officer
Elle Aghabala, stage manager on many CTG productions
Michael Kempisty, assistant treasurer (box office)
Michael Thompson, chief financial officer


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-- David Ng

Photo: Mark Taper Forum. Credit: Center Theatre Group