Past Productions

Summer 2019

Positive Secrets – AIDS and the Hip Hop Generation

True stories about HIV and AIDS through monologues and dance produced in 2019

Positive Secrets was written in response to the death of one of our company from AIDS, at the age of 16. The piece uses original music, hip hop dance and monologues to tell stories gleaned from interviews with local youth who are living with HIV and AIDS. Even though it deals with a dark subject, it is presented with humor and breathtaking dances that reflect the feelings of the stories told. It is a unique piece that was created to save lives.

Below is a short video featuring highlights of Positive Secrets – AIDS and the Hip Hop Generation

Positive Secrets – CAST

These young Shakespearean actors used their talents to share the message, with the Hip Hop Generation :: AIDS is still deadly, but it’s preventable and treatable. Featured at LA fringe Festival Summer 2019.



IAGO : A Film Based on Othello

Cast and crew of our prizewinning film IAGO based on Shakespeare’s Othello.

The film was set in the late 1960’s

IAGO has been selected by over 10 film festivals and won the top prize at
The LA Shorts Festival July 2019.


IAGO opening at the Pan African Film Festival February 23, 2019

Amit Bhallia and lead actor Saint Ranson

Iago lead actors Jouvanie Hildreth and Saint Ranson with support Mrs Bhallia Director’s Mother

Hayley Phelan of New York Times, with Director Amit Bhallia and Producer Melanie Curtis-Andrews



Comedy of Errors

Spring 2016


Cast of Othello with Charles Malik Whitfield actor from American Horror Story and Emmy winner for The Temptations – Mentor for InnerCity Shakespeare Actors


Artistic Director Melanie Curtis-Andrews with Charles Malik Whitfield and Dr. Steven McCarthy

Five hundred Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Students at the Nate Holden performing arts center, viewing Othello

Spring 2015

Taming of the Shrew 2015

Twelfth Night 2015

“Taming of the Shrew” in Culver City Comedia Style / In The Round – for advanced students
April 24th in the Rotunda Room in the Veteran’s Memorial Building
May 2nd Grand Park Gala
May 10th Monteith Park
May 17th Celebrity Centre
May 24th Ted Watkins Park

“Twelfth Night” at Hollywood High
April 24th SCHOOL PRODUCTION twelfth-night-cast-hollywood-high-2015
May 2nd Grand Park Gala
May 9th Moneith Park
May 16 Victoria Park
May 23rd Ted Watkins Park

Free Performances at City & County Parks May 2nd – 24th 2015

2015 spring productions poster

Spring 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the Spring of 2014, in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, The Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble in partnership with, LA County Parks and Recreation and the LAUSD presented a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Melanie Curtis-Andrews. Our Shakespeare Family birthday celebration included free performances at Ladera, Monteith, Athens, Grand Parks as well as wonderful participation in a few BritWeek Events!



Twelfth Night

Gifted students from George Washington Prep High School & Los Angeles High School presented Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night- Poster - LA High 2013

Our 2013 season culminated in a joint production with both schools at the FigAt7th Festival on July 27th, sponsored by Arts Brookfield.

7th and Fig production still




A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In 2012 A Midsummer Night’s Dream was was Performed by the Students of George Washington Preparatory High School, Music and Performing Arts Magnet Ladera Heights Park June 9th and 10th.

 A Midsummer Night's Dream - poster




Romeo and Juliet

In 2011 Romeo and Juliet was performed by the Students of George Washington Preparatory High School, Music and Performing Arts Magnet at Ladera Heights Park Amphitheater May 28th and 29th, 2011

Romeo and Juliet - Poster - May 28th and 29th, 2011


With the support and mentorship of BAFTA Los Angeles and its industry professionals membership, George Washington Prep School presented two performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The cast of Romeo and Juliet, Curtis Smith, A’Donus Gillett and Kaylin Bilal and Dr. Melanie Curtis-Andrews invited to attend special screening of “The Tempest” and meet with Dame Helen Mirren and director Julie Taymor. June 16th 2011.

Romeo and Juliet cast, crew and mentors

Romeo and Juliet – cast, crew and mentors