Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. CAP supports the creation, presentation and critical dialogues vital to the ongoing innovation and expressive potential of artists whose work, whether vibrantly emerging or internationally acclaimed, forms the dynamic and evolving heritage of contemporary performance.
Based in UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, CAP UCLA is the university's public center for the presentation of the performing arts and contributes to the cultural life of the campus and greater Los Angeles, promoting civic dialogue and creative inquiry. Through an annual season of performing arts programs and extensive community-engagement events — including artist fellows and residency programs, K–12 arts education (Design for Sharing), student mentorship (Student Committee for the Arts), and art-making and experiential activities (Art in Action) — CAP UCLA advances the importance of art in society by celebrating and deepening the connection between artist and audience.
In 2012, CAP UCLA evolved from the organization previously known as UCLA Live. Our inaugural 2012-2013 season celebrated 75 years of performing arts presentation on the UCLA campus.
Since 1937, Royce Hall and surrounding campus venues have been home to a veritable Who’s-Who from every performing arts discipline. We are proud to carry on and build upon this great history through our commitment to connecting Los Angeles audiences with the artists who are creating the dialogue of our times.
CAP UCLA is led by artistic and executive director Kristy Edmunds.