Why the name change?
By evolving UCLA Live into Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, there is a stated purpose around the organizational focus embedded directly in the name. It activates a commitment to artists, embellished contexts for their work, and a creative discourse within contemporary performing arts that we believe will be galvanizing for audiences and clarify our role in the overall performing-arts ecology.
As one of three public arts units of UCLA, under the School of the Arts and Architecture (including the Fowler and Hammer Museums) we embrace the potential that comes from being housed in a major educational and research institution by moving our mission beyond the presentation alone. CAP UCLA’s rejuvenated structure will expand our engagement with the performing arts and the artists who create it, as well as students, scholars, artists and the community. Our stated purpose aligns us closely with UCLA in the mission of creating and disseminating new knowledge.
When did the change officially go into effect?
The new name and organizational focus officially went into effect May 22, 2012, in conjunction with the announcement of the 2012-2013 season program.
What makes CAP UCLA different from UCLA Live?
The best curatorial expertise that has always come from UCLA Live continues and is demonstrated through CAP UCLA’s annual season program. Key CAP UCLA initiatives include all-new Artist Fellow
(link to Artist Fellows Under Art in Action) and Residency
programs, extended collaborations with campus and other Los Angeles arts organizations, a cohesive embrace of the K–12 arts education program Design for Sharing
, an encompassing members’ initiative that includes greater audience interactions within the Center, as well as expanded platforms for presenting and contextualizing the work of artists, such as the 2012-2013 weeklong presentation of Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project
How did you come up with the new name and new visual identity?
Branding and design agency makelike undertook research into the organization’s history, mission and vision, past visual identity, place in the Los Angeles arts landscape as well as current and future goals. Makelike and a committee of CAP UCLA staff compiled and carefully reviewed audience trends and changes in the local and national performing arts scene. We canvassed members of the national and local arts community as well as the organization’s longtime supporters to identify themes and ideologies that would reveal and support the appropriate name.
This team of artists, graphic designers and wordsmiths helped CAP UCLA perfect a system of visual language that would reflect a reinvigorated vision and convey a vibrant sense of place, inspired by the eclectic and energizing nature of Los Angeles itself. Drawing from many idiosyncratic facets of this city of cities—including classic hand-painted signs, sweeping vistas, streetscapes, iconic architecture and flora from our shared landscape—makelike’s design vocabulary and saturated color palette creates a dynamic home for the art and ideas we are proud to present. Our new visual makeup also features images from Los Angeles photographer Mike Slack
Is there a place I can view your past events?
for a full listing of all our events dating back to the 2010-2011 Season.
I want to connect with CAP UCLA online. What social media sites are you on?
And we want to connect with you! We are currently active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. Check out our social media hub
for more information on how you can interact with us online.
What other names has the program been known by? How long has there been a public arts presenter on campus?
CAP UCLA was formerly known as UCLA Live, beginning in 2001 and through the 2011-12 season. Prior to that, the organization was called UCLA Performing Arts (1990-2001). In the 80s, the organization was called UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and in the 60s-70s, the Department of Fine Art Productions.
UCLA’s first public performing arts season began in 1937, making CAP UCLA’s 2012-2013 season the 75th program to come from the University’s historic presentation arm.
Where will CAP UCLA performances be held?
UCLA’s architectural icon Royce Hall has long been home to the public performing arts program on campus and will remain the primary presentation space of CAP UCLA. However, the collaborative approach of the organization opens doors to working closely with on and off-campus venues and fellow arts presenters that will create even more pathways to connect with local arts audiences.
We are dedicated to making the best home for every work we present, to create the most optimal experience for both artist and audience. As such, CAP UCLA programming includes performances in Royce Hall, Freud Playhouse, Schoenberg Hall and the Fowler Museum, as well as off-campus venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Actors’ Gang.
Can I bring my kids? Which performances are great for families?
You know your kids best, but we think children over the age of 12 will be able to enjoy most of our events. Check out the collection of performances in our Family Series
. Kids are people too! Every person must have a ticket for every performance. For more information on the age-appropriateness of any performance give us a call at 310.825.2101.
What if a program is cancelled or changed?
All programs and events are subject to change. Life happens. If we must cancel a performance we will notify you asap and offer refunds or exchanges. If you are mailing your order, please include an email address on your Order Form for immediate updates.
How do I get there? Is difficult to find you?
Not as difficult as you might think! For Royce Hall: From Sunset Blvd, enter the UCLA Campus at Royce Drive (between Westwood Plaza and Hilgard Ave). Click here
to use our convenient trip planner for all other CAP venues. Join our monthly enews
and stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for traffic updates all season.
Where do I park?
Royce Hall and Powell Library: Lot 5. Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre: Lot 4. Freud Playhouse and Little Theater at Macgowan Hall: Lot 3. Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre: Lot 11. All UCLA parking is convenient, safe and close to campus venues. Click here
to view a super-helpful interactive campus map.
Why is parking so (expletive omitted) expensive?
Parking rates are set by UCLA Transportation & Parking. All campus staff, students and visitors are required to pay for parking, whether they’re coming to work, coming to a show, or coming to class. Parking is $12. Please bring cash – only select lots accept credit cards. Carpool! Dare we suggest public transit?
What time should I get there? What happens if I’m late?
We know all about L.A. traffic. Latecomers are held until an appropriate break in the performance; late seating policies vary by performance. For theater/dance, there may be a long wait. We cannot guarantee late entry or offer refunds, so please make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to arrive and park on campus.
Where can I get food before/during/after the performance?
The Royce Bar offers light fare and beverages for purchase in the West Lobby of Royce Hall and is open an hour before performances, during intermissions and after select performances. Refreshments will also be available at most other venues as well. You can always choose to make a night of it by supporting one of our nearby Dining Partners – see a current listing here.
Are your venues handicapped accessible and ADA compliant?
All venues have wheelchair seating and most also have aisle-side transfer seats with folding armrests. Royce is equipped with an assistive-listening system. (Headsets available free of charge with an I.D.) If you need extra help to visit any of our venues or plan to be accompanied by a service animal, call Patron Services at 310.267.4465, fax 310.206.3843 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
at least two weeks prior to the performance. If possible, indicate special needs at the time of purchase.
I tweet therefore I am. Can I tweet, update Facebook and otherwise continue my virtual online life during CAP UCLA shows?
We get it. And we’re all about instigating a dialogue about the performing arts. But, we’re also aware of just how distracting it can be. Coming up, we are looking at creating a “tweet seats” option, that would allow active social media gurus access to our Lobby area for a small entry fee where you may watch the performance on screens and tweet to your heart’s desire. Sign up for our enews
to get more information on this upcoming initiative.
How about photos? I am addicted to Instagram.
We’re big fans of visual art and great photos and want to see you and yours. Feel free to post pictures of you and your friends visiting our events, outside the theaters or enjoying the Royce Bar area at Instagram and tag us at @CAP_UCLA or use our official hashtag #CAPUCLA. However, out of respect to the amazing artists on our season it is our policy to never allow photography or video recording of the performances, unless expressly allowed to professional media and approved by all parties prior to the event.