The Fountain Theatre

The Fountain Theatre is a theatre in Los Angeles. Along with its programming of live theatre, it's also the foremost producer of flamenco on the West Coast.

The Fountain Theatre
Address5060 Fountain Ave.
LocationLos Angeles
Coordinates34°05′42″N 118°18′00″W / 34.095°N 118.300°W / 34.095; -118.300Coordinates: 34°05′42″N 118°18′00″W / 34.095°N 118.300°W / 34.095; -118.300


The Fountain Theatre was founded in Los Angeles in 1990 by co-artistic directors Deborah Lawlor (wife of Robert Lawlor) and Stephen Sachs. Simon Levy, producing director and dramaturg, joined the Fountain in 1993 as a resident director, producer, and playwright.

The Fountain Theatre's activities include a year-round season of fully produced new and established plays. It has mounted 35 world premieres; and also 31 U.S., West Coast, Southern California or Los Angeles premieres, each reflecting a unique cultural voice and serving a distinctive ethnic community. The Fountain also offers a full season of multi-ethnic dance, the foremost presenters of flamenco in Los Angeles, a new plays developmental series, educational outreach programs, and national/international tours. Fountain Theatre projects have been seen in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Chicago, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Minneapolis, London and Edinburgh, among other cities and countries.


The Fountain Theatre showcases flamenco every month, and is the foremost producer of flamenco on the West Coast.

The theatre is featured prominently in the 2011 documentary, Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles. Live performances and interviews with flamenco dancers and musicians filmed in the theatre are presented, and co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor is also interviewed in the film.[1][2]

Awards and honorsEdit

Fountain Theatre productions have won more than 220 awards for all areas of production, performance, and design.[3] The Fountain Theatre has received more nominations and won more awards than any other intimate theater in the history of the Ovation Awards.[3]

The Fountain has been honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Los Angeles City Council for demonstrating years of artistic excellence and "enhancing the cultural life of Los Angeles". It was the recipient of the 2004 Hollywood Arts Council's "Charlie" Award for Live Theatre and Significant Artistic Contribution to Hollywood. In 2009, the LA Weekly named the Fountain Theatre as "one of the Best Theatre Companies of the Decade".[4] In 2011, Broadway World said, "The Fountain Theatre is by the far the best and the brightest that Los Angeles has to offer." In 2012 the Wall Street Journal declared "The Fountain Theatre is one of this country's best intimate regional houses."[3]

Awards Production Nominations Wins Notes
2009 Ovation Awards Coming Home 2 0
2009 Ovation Awards Photograph 51 2 0
2009 Ovation Awards Gem of the Ocean 1 0
2009 Ovation Awards 1 0 Nominated for Best Season
2010 Ovation Awards The Ballad of Emmett Till 5 3 Won for Best Production, Acting Ensemble, and Director
2010 Ovation Awards Opus 3 1 Won for Sound Design (Peter Bayne)
2010 Ovation Awards 1 1 Won award for Best Season
2011 Ovation Awards A House Not Meant to Stand 4 0
2011 Ovation Awards The Train Driver 3 0
2011 Ovation Awards Bakersfield Mist 1 0
2011 Ovation Awards 1 0 Nominated for Best Season
2012 Ovation Awards Cyrano 2 0
2013 Ovation Awards In the Red and Brown Water 6 1 Won for Director of a Play (Shirley Jo Finney)
2013 Ovation Awards On the Spectrum 1 1 Won for Video Design (Jeffrey Elias Teeter)
2013 Ovation Awards 1 0 Nominated for Best Season


Selected actorsEdit


  1. ^ Fountain Theatre – Official Facebook page. May 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-09-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Los Angeles". Archived from the original on 2010-09-02.
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  6. ^ http://www.fountaintheatre/pastshows.html[dead link]
  7. ^ "A Tragic Tangling of Lives. Rita Dove's retelling of 'Oedipus Rex' in the Old South, 'Darker Face of Earth,' gets a spirited California premiere". Los Angeles Times. August 22, 2000.

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