Culver City Cluster Program Sponsored by Sony

A model for future initiatives, the Culver City Cluster is a coordinated effort with the Front and Center Theater Collaborative (of which we are members) funded by key sponsors Sony Pictures Entertainment and the National Endowment for the Arts. The goal of this program is to provide sequential, standards based arts programming to students from Elementary School, into Middle and High School, with a great deal of effort placed on continuity and consistency of programs.

All students in the cluster begin in 5th Grade at one of 4 Culver City Elementary Schools in our Script-to-Stage Program. In Middle School, students who have already participated in the program explore more advanced writing techniques as well as technical aspects of film-making, in our Movie Makers Program. By High School, students enter the Culver City Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, where the Front and Center Theater Collaborative provides Teaching Artists and Guest Speakers. YSF volunteers have in the past offered workshops on improvisation, textual analysis, stage combat, and strategies for directing professional actors. YSF also provides actors to rehearse and perform in short films and readings of screenplays written by students, while teaching artists serve as on-set advisors during filming.

High School students also act as mentors for students in the Middle School programs and receive intern credit for their work. Graduates of the program are eligible to be selected for a scholarship to our NYFA Summer Film-making Intensive at Universal Studios each summer. Each summer, CCHS film students are hired as teaching artists and documentarians for our Summer Camp programs.

Front and Center Theatre Collaborative Arts Partners include Center Theatre Group, The Actors Gang, 24th Street Theatre, and We Tell Stories.

Front and Center Theatre Collaborative is funded by Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Carol and James Collins Foundation, Playa Vista, Drown Foundation, The Fineshriber Family Foundation, Culver City Education Foundation, City of Culver City and the Elementary School PTA’s.

Parts of this program are currently in progress at Farragut, Linwood Howe, La Ballona, and El Rincon Elementary Schools, Culver City Middle School, and Culver City High School.