Vs. Theatre Company, a Not-For-Profit 501c-(3) Public Benefit Corporation, is a dedicated group of artists that primarily produces World, West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres by some of the best contemporary playwrights in America.
Vs. was founded in 2004 based on a passion for riveting stories and live performance in an intimate setting. Named “one of the top theatre companies of the decade” by the LA Weekly, Vs. has produced or co-produced over twenty plays. Standouts include: the West Coast Premere of Keith Bunin’s The Credeaux Canvas, which ran for nearly six months and played to sold out houses every night; In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (a co-production with The Elephant Theatre Company), named Best Production by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle; On An Average Day, produced in Los Angeles and Chicago, garnering Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Backstage, and won or was nominated for several Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Joseph Jefferson Awards; Blackbird by Adam Rapp which was nominated for three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards including two for Best Lead Actor and three LA Weekly Awards including Best Production; and The Los Angeles Premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat, a co-production with the Ford Theatre as part of the Ford’s prestigious [Inside] The Ford Winter Partnership Program. The Mercy Seat won two Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Performance and Production, won or was nominated for several LA Weekly Awards, and was voted a “Top Ten of The Year” by the Los Angeles Times.
Vs. opened its own space in 2013 - The Vs. Theatre - and inaugurated it with The World Premiere of Ron Klier’s Cops And Friends Of Cops. The sold out production received excellent reviews including “Pick of the Week” by the LA Weekly, several theatre awards and nominations, and multiple extensions. Vs. standout productions since Cops include the Los Angeles Premiere of Itamar Moses’ Completeness, the World Premiere ofRon Klier’s Gus’s Fashions & Shoes, the World Premiere of Giovanni Adams’ Love Is A Dirty Word and the West Coast Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight (nominated for two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and winner of Best Performance).
Vs. launched The Vs. Studio in 2019, whose mission is to help artists find and manifest the work they are passionate about. And to do so with excellence and generosity for themselves, their fellow artists and the audience they seek to serve. True West was the inaugural Vs. Studio production and ran for over five months. Other Vs. Studio programs include the Tuesday Night Reading Series (meets every Tuesday night to read plays; is free and open to anyone in the public), The Vs. Studio Producer Workshop, The Vs. Studio Writing & Solo Performance Workshop and The Vs. Studio Blog. For more info, please visit: www.vstheatre.org. or www.thevsstudio.blog.
To primarily produce ORIGINAL works, West Coast or Los Angeles Premieres.
To EXPLORE the human potential for triumph and tragedy.
To CHAMPION the theatre as a living art form; to reach out to a larger and more diverse audience.
To ENTERTAIN and CHALLENGE that audience.