This June, the newest force in LA’s growing theater scene, Ammunition Theater Company, will launch its year long partnership with My Friend’s Place, a resource center and day shelter in Hollywood serving more than 1,400 homeless youth each year.
Philanthropic Chair Karla Mosley (The Bold and The Beautiful and Hart of Dixie) explains, “Part of our mission is to create a New Normal in the way artists engage with their community. California has the largest homeless population in the country and many of those people are living here in LA. We believe that the diversity of our company and our passion around the issues facing homeless youth will enhance the creative arts and Transformative Education Program at My Friend’s Place. We couldn’t be more excited.”
As part of their philanthropic mission, Ammo (as the company is affectionately called), partners each season with a different charity, non-profit or social justice organization to support and promote them through a multi-tiered approach: Creative Involvement, Community Engagement, Financial Support, Marketing and Cross Pollination.
“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Ammunition Theater Company this year in our efforts to support youth struggling with homelessness. The partnership not only brings much needed resources and awareness to our efforts to help homeless youth to find stability and self-sufficiency, but also much-appreciated volunteer leadership and creativity in supporting our creative arts programming, helping young people to transform their lives and find brighter futures away from the streets.
In addition to weekly workshops, the company has arranged it’s first fundraiser for My Friend’s Place, an organization that has been working with homeless youth for over 27 years. On June 22nd Ammo will co-produce a reading of Polaroid Stories, a play about homelessness. 50% of the money raised that evening will be donated to My Friend’s Place. Says Mosley, “We recognize that service organizations need funds and visibility in addition to volunteers. We are committed to providing both.”
About My Friend’s Place
Founded in 1988, the mission of My Friend’s Place is to assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Over the past 27 years, the organization has grown from a group of volunteers serving meals from cars into a thriving, professionally-staffed social service agency serving nearly 1,500 youth experiencing homelessness each year. With the support of countless community partners, My Friend’s Place offers broad-ranging, high-impact services that help some of the most vulnerable young people in Los Angeles to move toward stability, wellness and self-sufficiency. For more information on My Friend’s Place, visit www.myfriendsplace.org.
To learn more about Ammunition Theatre Company and to purchase tickets to Polaroid Stories, please visit: www.ammunitiontheatre.com or follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram @ammotheatre
Company Members Include: Malcolm Barrett, Julie Bersani, Ari Boyd, Carlton Byrd, Vinny Chhibber, Deborah S. Craig, Michael Feldman, Arjun Gupta, Tina Huang, Yara Martinez, Garrett Mercer, Karla Mosley, Brandon Scott, Karla Souza