UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA)

Cecile McLorin Salvant performs on the Royce Hall stage

CAP UCLA brings the world’s most innovative and dynamic performing artists live to the stages of UCLA’s Royce Hall, Freud Playhouse, UCLA Little Theater, The Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, The United Theater on Broadway and the new UCLA Nimoy Theater, which is now open on Westwood Boulevard. We seek out excellence in dance, music, theater, spoken word and a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary collaborations.


CAP UCLA believes that live performance has the unique ability to unite, engage and captivate audiences through the shared experience of extraordinary artistry and the exchange of ideas.


We are committed to artistic innovation and directly invest in the creative development of new work through artist residencies, commissions and our Artist Fellows program.

Our education and community programs engage both campus and L.A. audiences through free and accessibly priced tickets as well as interactive art-making experiences, lectures and master classes. These programs are designed to share viewpoints and creative practices around the themes explored by artists in the current season. Learn more about how to participate in these programs by exploring Art in Action, Design for Sharing (K–12 arts education) and the UCLA Student Committee for the Arts.

These are the collective core values regarding equity, diversity and inclusion that we hold and uphold:

There is no room for racism, intolerance or inequity.
ANYWHERE: not on our stages, in our offices, on our loading docks, in the box office lines or on the dance floor
WITH ANYONE: not with our staff, crew, artists, volunteers, ushers, audiences or fans

We uphold and embrace principles of antiracism, equity, diversity and authentic inclusion as integral to our mission.
We must empower the historically underrepresented. 
We must uplift excluded voices.
We must resist structural racism.
We will commit fiercely to our responsibility to observe, absorb, consider, contemplate, endure, share and engage in this change.
We stand against all forms of discrimination.
We will strive to make our organization more equitable and inclusive.

As part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture (SOAA), we — UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) and Theater Management Services (TMS) — are committed to connecting and creating space for the arts and for all communities. 

This statement was drafted by a committee of staff members from both the Center for the Art of Performance and Theater Management Services, from a variety of backgrounds, viewpoints and perspectives.

Together we stand with UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture’s EDI statement.

We acknowledge our organizations’ histories as being predominantly white institutions. We are facing uncomfortable truths about systemic racism as we work to make the deep changes necessary to transform the organizational dynamics in our work culture and business practices and dismantle existing oppressive structures.  We know there will be shortcomings, which we will face head-on. We commit to continually addressing and adapting to changes as they arise. It is only in an improved, supportive work environment that everyone can be fully present and respected as their true authentic selves.

CAP UCLA is one of three public arts units of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, along with the Hammer Museum and the Fowler Museum. CAP UCLA furthers the university’s commitment to experimentation and excellence in the arts and helps fulfill its goal of reaching beyond its campus to a broader public.


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